Monthly Archives: September 2015

Teaccessories: Moon Glass

This week there was a supermoon full lunar eclipse, the last of which occurred 33 years ago.

It was fitting then, that I found out about Moon Glass by Tale this week.

Moon Glass, That’s Nerdalicious

These awesome cups let you mimic the phases of the moon with a simple pour.

Moon Glass, Take, $24-$30

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The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 56, My Comfort Zone

Welcome to episode 56! Today I will give you a sneak peek at my shawl, along with other knits and spins. Hope you’re enjoying the changing of the seasons!

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Drink Me: Upton Tea, Sweet Almond

The final tea I ordered from Upton this last time around is the Sweet Almond tea.

Sweet Almond contains black tea, almond pieces and flavoring.

It is available in a variety of sizes: 15g sample for $1.00, 125g packet for $7.20, 250g packet for $13.68, 500g packet for $26.60 and 1000g bag for $50.40.

When I first opened the bag all I could smell was that sweet almond smell – almost like almond extract or marzipan. Once brewed I could smell the black tea, but it still had a nice sweet finish.  This would definitely be a great dessert tea – perhaps with something chocolate?

Craftea: Edible Teacup Cookies

I found this stunning recipe from SheKnows on Pinterest. The only real question is if I would have the patience to complete these treats?

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 55, Is it fall yet?

Welcome to episode 55! Today I have Roxy’s first winter set done. I’ve also added more blanket squares and have a few new projects to discuss. Is it fall yet?

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Drink Me: Upton Tea, Peach with Flowers

The second tea in my last order from Upton Tea was Peach with Flowers. I love peach flavor and peach teas so I had high hopes for this one.

From the label, Peach with Flowers contains black tea, marigold flowers and peach flavor.

It is available in a variety of sizes: 12g sample for $1.50, 100g packet for $8.20, 200g packet for $15.58 and 400g packet for $30.30.

When I opened the package it smelled like sweet peach.  There was a hint of something floral, but nothing overwhelming.  As it brewed I got more strong black tea scent.  The result wasn’t quite as peachy as I’d hope, but I still enjoyed it. To me it was very reminiscent of Republic of Tea’s Ginger Peach.

Knittea: Cup Cozies

The last week or so there has been a change in the air. The days are a bit cooler, and the nights even more so, and fall is definitely around the corner. As I contemplate warm beverages to keep my hands toasty, I also think about whipping up a few cup cozies.  Perhaps one of these great patterns?

Fox Cozy, Venti & Grande, pattern by Alexandra Davidoff, $3.50

 

Fancy Mug Cozy, pattern by Kirsten Hipsky, free

 

Hearts Cup Cozy, pattern by Eline Oftedal, free

Knit Me: A Good Yarn exclusive Cabbage Key

Not too long ago the folks at Stitchcraft Marketing and A Good Yarn, a yarn store in Sarasota, Florida, contacted me to see if I would be interested in a skein of one of their exclusive colorways. Of course I said yes!

A Good Yarn is owned by Susan and her husband Murray.  Murray is a diver and takes amazing photos of sea creatures which they then turn into exclusive colorways for their yarn shop.  The color they sent me, Cabbage Key is based on the following photo:

Nembrotha Cristata, Susan & Murray Post, A Good Yarn

I took this photo while diving with my son Michael in the Solomon Islands, of a Nembrotha Cristata nudibranch. Nudibranchs are shell-less snails. They all have gills on their backs and a pair of antenna. This particular nudibranch was about an inch or so long and crawling among one of its food sources, some small coral polyps. Some of its more common names are Crested Nembrotha, Cabbage Nudibranch, and Cabbage Patch Nudibranch, which is how this colorway has got its name, Cabbage Key!

Cabbage Key is dyed by Lorna’s Laces on their Shepherd Sock base exclusively for A Good Yarn.

Because the yarn was variegated, I wanted to select a pattern to minimize pooling, so I decided to knit Monkey by Cookie A. and call my socks Sea Monkey.

I was pleasantly surprised that the yarn more or less striped!

I really enjoyed knitting these socks. One of the first pairs of socks I ever knit was on the Lorna’s Laces Shepherd Sock base, and they have held up so well (9+ years and going strong) so I’m super excited to have another durable pair in the sock drawer.  The colors are so fun and wild – just what I like about socks.  The yarn itself was a pleasure to knit – smooth and soft and just one more row until the next stripe, right?

 

My only negative is that unfortunately I found one knot in the skein, however, industry standard is up to 2 knots per skein, so while disappointing, this doesn’t indicate anything about the quality of the yarn.

I can’t wait for the weather to get cool so I can wear my new socks. And you can bet I’ll be checking out some of the other exclusive colorways at A Good Yarn!

 

A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at A Good Yarn who sent me this yarn (retail: $28.00) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own, except where indicated.

 

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 54, Review – A Good Yarn

Welcome to episode 54! Today I have some finished socks to show you and a yarn review. I also seem to have found my knitting mojo – lots of blanket squares knit this week!

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Drink Me: Upton Tea, Black Wild Berry

A few weeks ago I got a sale email from Upton Tea and I just couldn’t resist picking up a few things.  The first thing on my list was the Black Tea Wild Berry.

From the website, the blend contains China black tea with blueberry and strawberry flavors.

It is available in a variety of sizes: 12g sample for $1.50, 100g packet for $8.80, 200g packet for $16.72, 400g packet for $32.60 and 800g bag for $61.60.

 

When I first opened the bag I have to say that I wasn’t very enthusiastic about the smell. While I could sort of smell the berry flavors, it also reminded me a bit of cough syrup, which was a total detractor. Once I brewed the tea, it tasted like a black tea with a hint of berry. However, it never lost that orginal aroma and my sense of smell is too closely linked to taste, so this one will be a pass for me in the future. Your mileage may vary!