Monthly Archives: April 2016

Drink Me: Republic of Tea, Cardamom Cinnamon

When I ordered  iced teas from Republic of Tea, I also couldn’t resist adding something warm and spicy to my card: Cardamom Cinnamon.

From the website, Cardamom Cinnamon contains cinnamon, ginger, carob, cardamom, chicory, pink peppercorns, star anise, cloves and cassia oil.

I ordered the Tasters Tin which was $4.50 for 1oz, but the blend is also available for $11.50 for a 5oz tin and $31.oo for a 1lb bag.

When I opened the tin I got a spicy smell that reminded me of the holidays. Once brewed I got the cinnamon and the pepper. The tea was mostly cinnamon flavored, and I found myself missing the body of a black tea underneath. I think this one would be a great substitute for those who would prefer herbal spice teas.

Spinning Retreat: Ply Away

This weekend I had the pleasure and the privilege to attend the first annual Ply Away, an international spinning get together organized by Jacey Boggs Faulkner of Ply Magazine. I feel so lucky that it was located in Kansas City, my home!

On Friday, I took a full day class with Amy King, owner of Spunky Eclectic and author of the book Spin Control.  The class was focused on how to spin sock yarn. We learned all sorts of ways to spin the best sock yarn from selecting the best blends of fiber to spinning and plying techniques.  I did take a picture of my one presentable sample, an example of “light and tight” spinning.  This means that I spun the singles for this yarn with a light twist, and plied the singles with a tight twist giving me a light and tight yarn.

My "light and tight" sock yarn – low twist singles and high twist plying.

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I didn’t get to spend a lot of time wandering on Friday, but I did manage to head into the market place for a bit of retail therapy.  The first day purchases from Huckleberry Knits and Greenwood Fiberworks came home with me.

On Saturday I had a free day and spent it knitting and chatting and shopping. I met up with my friend Stefanie.  We had a great lunch and spent time wandering the marketplace and knitting in the lobby.

We saw the new Flatiron Wheel from Schacht.

#schacht is here with the new Flatiron wheel! #plyaway

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We wandered all the beautiful booths.

Gorgeous Huckleberry Knits booth! #huckleberryknits

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Bricollage Studios – can't stop staring at those textured batts! #plyaway

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Of course I had to do a bit more shopping at October House, Tuft WoolensTopeka Twister, Frabjous Fibers and Yarn Geek.

We also got to do an little meetup for the Spinzilla 2015 Team Louet champions and posed with the Golden Niddy Noddy and Dave of Louet North America.

#plyaway meeting of the #spinzilla #louetnorthamerica #teamlouet attendees with the Golden Niddy Noddy

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Saturday night was a huge spin in. We had over 100+ knitters in a room with wheels and snacks and fiber and fun!

Thanks to @ra_krieg for taking the photo! #plyaway

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Sunday afternoon I came back and took my final class, a spindle spinning class with Abby Franquemont, author of Respect the Spindle, the book that taught me to spin.  It was an amazing class. I forgot to take more photos, probably because I was just trying to absorb as much of the information as I could.

Overall the weekend was fabulous. I got to meet up with friends from all around the country and immerse myself in all things spinning. I can’t wait for next year!

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 85, Ply Away

Welcome to episode 85!  Just a little bit of progress on my WIPs today, but the big news is the Ply Away spinning convention I attended this week.

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Drink Me: Republic of Tea, Organic Strawberry Basil Green Tea

I decided with summer rapidly approaching (we’re already getting the humidity!) it was time to check out some iced teas.  I placed an order with Republic of Tea, eager to try their Organic Strawberry Basil Green Tea blend.

From the label, Strawberry Basil contains organic green tea, organic apple, organic sweet blackberry leaves, organic basil, organic lemon balm, natural strawberry flavor and organic strawberry bits.

It is available in a tin which contains 8 pouches (to make 8 quarts of tea) for $7.99.

When I opened the tin it smelled like fresh strawberries – a scent that only grew as I brewed the tea.  I added just a bit of sugar and it tastes delightful. I don’t get a lot of the basil or the lemon balm, but I do get plenty of strawberry goodness. The tea is light, fruity and a bit sweet and I think it will make a delightful addition to my summer iced tea rotation.

Knittea: What to knit?

Every so often I find a new pattern that is wonderful for tea lovers. This one came across my Instagram feed a few days ago and is by the lovely Isabelle of Fluffy Fibers.  She just published the lovely My Cup of Tea Mitts.

My Cup of Tea Mitts, pattern by Fluffy Fibers, free on Ravelry

These lovely mitts are based off of Robin Lynn’s My Cup of Tea Socks.

My Cup of Tea Socks, pattern by Robin Lynn, free on Ravelry

Now I know this blog is mostly for tea, but I must mention the new collection of coffee inspired patterns, Coffee with C.C. by C.C. Almon.  Occasionally a girl needs a latte right?

Caramel Latte Socks, pattern from Coffee with C.C. by C. C. Almon, $5.50 for the individual pattern or $16.00 for the full book of 7 patterns.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 84, The floating bacchanal.

Welcome to episode 84!  Today I have WIPs to show you – I’ve made a lot of progress on only one. Sometimes I guess it’s good to be monogamous?

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  • Please join us for the Shawl KAL that I am co-hosting with with Anne of the Wooly Wonka Fiber podcast, store, and designs. Come over to either of our groups on Ravelry to check out the details!

 

 

Drink Me: Teapigs, Rhubarb Ginger

I’ve been on a ginger kick lately, so when I decided to place an order with Teapigs I added one of their Rhubarb Ginger samples to my cart.

From the label, the decaffeinated herbal blend contains 50% rhubarb and 50% ginger.

I purchased the sample size of 2 teabags for $2.50.  There is also a package that contains 15 tea bags for $9.99.

When I opened the package I was overwhelmed by the tangy ginger smell. Again this was a savory sweet. I added a bit of sugar and got the tangy sweet rhubarb taste along with the tangy ginger. It was a nice combination, and a pleasant afternoon drink, especially if you’re looking for something herbal and decaffeinated.  I should also say that I do appreciate the simplicity in these teas – with only a few ingredients I really know what I’m getting.

Artea: A teacup, step by step.

Many thanks to Ana over at the Well Appointed Desk for forwarding me this beautiful tutorial on illustrating teacups by Liz Steel.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 83, Second time’s the charm.

Welcome to episode 83!  Today I have an FO and yarn review, some knits and spins, a recap of the knitting convention and stash enhancement from last weekend and the winner of the Owl About Yarn giveaway.

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Knitting:

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Drink Me: Teapigs, Fennel & Liquorice

Almost two years ago, I purchase the Licorice Twist blend from David’s Tea and reviewed it here on the blog.  Sadly, when I went to purchase more, I found it had been discontinued and I’ve been on the hunt for a good replacement ever since.

So when I decided to place an order with Teapigs for some samples, one of the first blends I put in my cart was the Fennel and Liquorice blend.

From the label, the decaffeinated herbal blend contains 80% fennel and 20% liquorice root.

I purchased the sample size of 2 teabags for $2.50.  There is also a package that contains 15 tea bags for $9.99.

When I opened the package I could definitely smell the fennel. The tea definitely had a savory smell. I prepared it with just a bit of sugar.  The tea was very light. I mostly got the taste of the fennel with a bit of a liquorice finish.  It was quite good, but also not quite what I was looking for.