Monthly Archives: May 2016

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 90, Finishing Frenzy

Welcome to episode 90! Today I talk about my finishing frenzy and what’s next on the needles. Don’t forget that the Shawl KAL ends tomorrow. Knit like the wind and post your finished shawl in the FO thread!

Please come and join the Ravelry group.

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

Sipping: 

Knitting:

Spinning:

Extras:

  • I’ve started a Corner of Knit & Tea Tour de Fleece team. Are you interest in joining? Please come chat about it in the group.
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Drink Me: Teapigs, Superfruit

A while ago, I placed an order with Teapigs and ordered sample sizes of a bunch of their teas.  One of the ones I was eager to try was Superfruit.

From the label, the decaffeinated herbal blend contains hibiscus (49%), elderberries (25%), blackcurrants (10%), cranberries (1%), blueberries (1%) and other natural flavorings.

I purchased the sample size of 2 teabags for $2.50.  There is also a package that contains 15 tea bags for $9.99, and one that contains 50 tea bags for $24.99.

When I opened the package I got a lovely berry smell. This was a tart tea with lots of hibiscus and berry flavor. I added a bit of sugar and it made it a bit sweeter without diminishing a bit of the tart flavor that I loved. I drank it hot, but I think it would also make a great pitcher of iced tea; I may have to order more and try it that way.

Tea & Cake: London Fog Cake with Earl Grey Buttercream

Recently a friend sent me the link to this London Fog Cake with Earl Grey Buttercream on A Beautiful Plate (photo credit goes to her delightful shots). If ever I needed an excuse for tea and cake…

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 89, Break in case of emergency.

Welcome to episode 89!  Lots of progress on my WIPs this week and some spins as well. Also I announce the winner of the Manos Marina giveaway!

Please come and join the Ravelry group.

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

Sipping:

Knitting:

Spinning:

Extras:

  • It’s the last week to 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!
  • I’ve started a Corner of Knit & Tea Tour de Fleece team. Are you interest in joining? Please come chat about it in the group.

Knit Me: Manos del Uraguay Marina in Arboretum

A few months ago I was contacted by the folks over at Stitchcraft Marketing to see if I would be interested in knitting something out of Manos del Uruguay Marina.  Marina is a superwash merino laceweight single that comes in 874 yard/100g skeins. I went pattern surfing and couldn’t find a shawl I was dying to knit, but had a harebrained idea for a lightweight summer cardigan.  Fairmount Fibers was absolutely lovely and sent me two skeins in the colorway of my choice, which happened to be Arboretum.  I chose the Frost at Midnight pattern by Kate Davies.

The yarn arrived and was gorgeous!  The color was an amazing mix of greens, from mint to olive to a dark forest green.  I swatched and got gauge and cast on.

Frost at Midnight is a yoked cardigan. It is knit from the bottom up and the yoke features delicate beading in the pattern of trees. I chose to use Dyna-Mite Matsuno 8/0 seed beads in the Pastel White colorway. I thought the pearl-like beads worked well with the greens. I wasn’t sure if the yarn would be too variegated for a sweater, but it knit up beautifully. I think the variegation adds texture and interest without distracting from the beadwork and the delicate picot edging.

I loved knitting with this yarn. It is super soft and fluffy. I was originally a little worried about the wisdom of using singles in a sweater, but the yarn really held up well. I had to rip a few times and other than being a bit sticky to tink back, it looked brand new when I needed to reknit it.  Blocking made it even softer (if that is possible) and the yarn bloomed nicely. I think this is going to be the perfect fabric for the summer in the air conditioning.

A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at Fairmount Fibers who sent me the yarn (retail: $56.00) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 88, Sunburned and discombobulated.

Welcome to episode 88!  Lots of progress on my knits this week and some spins as well. Also a new giveaway – check out the Ravelry group for details.

Please come and join the Ravelry group.

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

Sipping:

Knitting:

Spinning:

Extras:

  • 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!
  • I’ve been asked about starting a Corner of Knit & Tea Tour de Fleece team. Are you interest in joining? Please come chat about it in the group.
  • Don’t forget to enter the new giveaway for a skein of Manos de Uraguay Marina yarn in the Arboretum colorway. Details are in the Ravelry group!

Drink Me: Tehörnan, Maja Gräddnos

About a month or so ago I had the privilege of doing an exchange with a knitter in Sweden. We exchanged local yarns and local teas. She sent me a delightful blend from Tehörnan called Maja Gräddnos.  I couldn’t find this exact tea on the site, but I did note that they had a variety of other wonderful looking teas.

With the help of Google Translate, the label on the package says the Maja blend contains black tea, strawberry, black currants, and vanilla.

The blend Maja, according to my Swedish friend, is named for a cartoon cat, Maja.

The tea is a delightfully berry flavored black tea. I added just a bit of sugar and it’s sweet but not overpowering. This is definitely one I will savor for some time to come, my own little piece of Sweden.

Tea and a Book

My dear friend Ana sent me a link to a blog post the other day about the Novel Tea club.  Here you can sign up for a monthly package which will include a novel (romance, sci-fi, fantasy or young adult), a tea, and some other goodies depending on the month. I haven’t given it a try yet, but what could be better than tea and a good book every month?

 

A sample Novel Tea Kit, available for $32.99/month at http://noveltea.club

 

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 87, The WIP Report

Welcome to episode 87!  One small FO this week, and lots of discussion about the WIPs I want to finish by the end of May.

Please come and join the Ravelry group.

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

Sipping:

Knitting:

Spinning:

Extras:

  • 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!
  • I’ve been asked about starting a Corner of Knit & Tea Tour de Fleece team. Are you interest in joining? Please come chat about it in the group.
  • Don’t forget to enter the 700 subscriber giveaway… watch the podcast for details on how to enter!

Drink Me: Republic of Tea, Hibiscus Sangria

The second iced tea that I ordered from Republic of Tea was Hibiscus Sangria.

Hibiscus Sangria contains hibiscus, apple bits, sweet blackberry leaves, orange peel, natural orange, lemon, lime and strawberry flavors.

It is available in a tin which contains 8 pouches (to make 8 quarts of tea) for $6.99.

The tea itself is refreshing. I can taste the sweet hibiscus but the orange peel with lemon and lime give it a bit of a citrus tang that makes it not too sweet. I’d be eager to add fruit and maybe a splash of wine to it and see how that jazzed it up, but I did enjoy drinking it plain as well.