Monthly Archives: October 2015

Drink Me: David’s Tea, Cranberry Orange Muffin

The final fall blend that I ordered from David’s Tea was Cranberry Orange Muffin.

From the packaging, this blend contains: cranberries, dandelion root, pineapple, cinnamon, orange peel and pieces, hibiscus, and mango.

It is available in multiples of 2oz for $9.50.

When I first opened the package I could smell the cranberries and the orange.  There was something a little off in the taste however – I don’t know whether it was the dandelion root or some of the other flavors, but I wanted it to be a bit more orange/cranberry than it was.  This was a so-so one in my book.  I’ll have to search for some more holiday blends in the coming weeks!

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Spinspiration: Lady Grey

Earlier this year one of the club colorways from the fabulous Southern Cross Fibre was named for Lady Grey tea.  I couldn’t resist spinning it up and pairing it with my favorite tea. Perhaps a mug will complete the collection?

The fiber: Southern Cross Fibre, 75% Bond/25% Tussah Silk in Lady Grey

The tea: Twinings Lady Grey, loose leaf (also available in tea bags)

The mug: Handmade 15oz blue ceramic mug, MorganElizabethArts

The yarn: Lady Grey, available in my shop!

Craftea: Crafty Kitty

A reader of the blog sent this delightful sale item to my attention: the Crafty Kitty kit from KnitPicks.  The kit includes a Great Catsby mug, a white Danica teapot, a coaster and dishcloth pattern, and 8 skeins of their dishie yarn in coordinating colors. Tea and knitting all in one place!

Crafty Kitty kit, Knitpicks.com, $47.93

Teaccessories: Ghouls

Halloween is fast approaching and I am enchanted by Gary Jackson’s Ghoul Collection.  I believe they are only available at his shows, but what fun!

Gary Jackson, Ghouls Collection

Lost at Sea

I am beyond excited today to announce the release of my first pattern design, Lost at Sea.

Photo credit: Ana Reinert

Lost at Sea is a 2-color shawl designed to be knit with handspun yarn.  The shawl is knit on the bias with alternating sections of squishy garter stitch designed to show off variegated handspun yarns and a lace section designed to show off solid color handspun skeins.  If you want to stretch a single precious skein of handspun, simply pair it with a complementary colored commercial yarn.

Louet North America graciously offer to provide fiber support for this pattern.  I spun some Louet Northern Lights Wool top in Ocean Waves and Louet Merino in Quoddy Bay Grey to knit the sample.  A special thank you to Ana Reinert of the Well Appointed Desk for taking such wonderful photos.

Photo credit: Ana Reinert

Lost at Sea is available as a free Ravelry download.

Louet North America also graciously provided me with enough fiber to spin some up as a kit to give away to one lucky winner.  You can enter the contest to win this kit on Ravelry, in The Corner of Knit & Tea group.

 

If you would like to spin and knit a shawl for yourself, Louet North America has put together kits with the fibers I used and a hard copy of the pattern.  It’s super discounted and available here!

I have also produced a short podcast about Lost at Sea.

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A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at Louet who sent me fiber (retail: $63.00) for free. I received no other compensation for this pattern. All opinions and photos are my own, except where indicated.

Spinzilla 2015

This year I decided to join The National NeedleArts Association‘s huge spinning event, Spinzilla. Basically the goal is to spin as much as you can in a week, this year from October 5 to October 11.  I eagerly joined Team Louet North America and pulled out my fiber to spin!

On Day 1, October 5, I eagerly dug into the second half of the Louet Northern Lights in Ocean Waves that I used for my shawl design.

On Day 2, October 6, I plied up the Northern Lights and started on the Louet Merino in Quoddy Bay Grey.

My first finished yarn was the Northern Lights in Ocean Waves.  I ended up with 375 yards of a 2-ply yarn which yielded 1,125 “Spinzilla” yards (the yardage of the singles and the plied yarn).

On the third day I pulled out my Kundert spindle and some punis from On the Round.

I plied these singles on Day 4, yielding my second finished yarn.  This is 103 yards of a 2-ply yarn (309 “Spinzilla” yards).

On day 4 I also finished spinning the singles of the Quoddy Bay Grey merino.

On day 5, I plied the Quoddy Bay Grey and started spinning Southern Cross Fibre Bond/Silk in Lady Grey.

My third finished yarn, the Quoddy Bay Grey ended up as 305 yards of 2-ply, or 915 more “Spinzilla” yards.

On the 6th day I finished the singles and plied the Lady Grey. I ended up with 376 yards of a 2-ply yarn, or 1128 “Spinzilla” yards.

Unfortunately, I traveled on Sunday so I was unable to spin the final day of Spinzilla. Overall I’m pleased with my amount (12.8oz/363g) and yardage spun (3477 total Spinzilla yards).

I can’t wait until next year!

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 58, Spinzilla

Welcome to episode 58! Today I have very little knitting, but lots of spinning to share.

Please come and join the Ravelry group.

You can also find me on Ravelry as Fluffyk, Twitter and Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Stashbuckler: Adventures in Yarrrrrrrrn.

Sipping:

Knitting:

Spinning:

 

Drink Me, David’s Tea, Caramel Corn

Another new fall offering from David’s Tea that I couldn’t resist trying is Caramel Corn.

From the package, Caramel Corn contains apple, cinnamon, pineapple, caramel, currants, almonds, beetroot, coconut and popcorn.

While I just ordered this one, it doesn’t appear to be available on the site right now. Perhaps it was popular?

 

When I first opened the bag I could smell the caramel, and see the big chunks of cinnamon and popcorn. Once brewed I totally got the toasted corn smell from the tea. The tea itself was very very mild – a hint of fruit and a bit of cinnamon, but every time I pulled the cup up to take a drink I got the fresh popcorn smell. It was a bit of an odd experience but overall I enjoyed the tea.

Teaccessories: Mug Life

You know I love a good comfy shirt. Now that it’s fall I’m reaching for my lightweight raglans from Look Human, and I found a new one to add to the collection.

Mug Life, Look Human, $28.00

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 57, Spinzilla Eve

Welcome to episode 57! Today I have a few knits and lots of fiber to spin for Spinzilla!

Please come and join the Ravelry group.

You can also find me on Ravelry as Fluffyk, Twitter and Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Stashbuckler: Adventures in Yarrrrrrrrn.

Sipping:

Knitting:

Spinning: