Monthly Archives: June 2016

Tour de Fleece 2016

As I blogged about last year, July marks the Tour de France and, for us fiber spinners, the Tour de Fleece.  Tour de Fleece is probably my favorite part of summer. I really enjoy watching the Tour de France, and I spend countless hours spinning at my wheel. I love that I spend three weeks concentrating on only one of my crafts, spinning, and I feel like I move mountains…. of fiber of course!

This year I receive support from friends and viewers of the podcast who hoped that I would start a Tour de Fleece team.  As you know I’m no big fan of rules; I like to keep it easy and simple so everyone can participate.  When it came time to do so, I set up Team CKT 2016 for 2016. Please come and join us in the Ravelry group.  To join the team all you have to do is SPIN. You can come post in the thread, cheer others along and post your progress for a chance to win prizes. The only other rule is that you must be a member of The Corner of Knit & Tea group to win prizes. It’s that simple!

This weekend the lovely Stefanie surprised me by offering to create some art for Ravatars and Instagram posts.  Please visit her blog to see what she created and to adopt one for yourself if you so choose. Thank you Stefanie – I love them!

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So now let’s get down to the nitty gritty… what will I spin this year?

First off I selected a variety of beautiful braids to spin up for the shop.

From the top left corner, proceeding clockwise I chose:

I also decided that I wanted to spin a project for myself for this year.  I’ve been eyeing beautiful hap shawls for a while and I’ve very seriously had my eye on spinning for making Gudrun Johnson’s Hansel.  With that in mind I pulled out a few things to spin:

The front 5 bundles are 2oz each of Shetland in different colors and part of a kit from Woolgatherings.  The blue in the background is indigo dyed Jacob from Stefania that I bought a few years ago when I went to the Estes Park Wool Market.  The only problem with the Jacob is that it is full of vegetable matter (straw, little bits of sticks, etc.). So I’m tempted to have a look over at Louet or Woolgatherings and see if I find something I like a bit more.

So that’s what I’m planning, with a bit of a plot twist at the end. Have to keep you guessing right?

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 94, Not as I expected

Welcome to episode 94. This week I talk about the best laid plans… and what ends up happening to them.

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

Sipping: 

Knitting:

Spinning:

Extras:

  • It’s here, it’s here! Starting on Saturday Tour de France/Tour de Fleece Kick off! I’ve started a Corner of Knit & Tea Tour de Fleece team. Are you spinning along? Do you want a chance to enter for prizes? Please come chat about it in the group.

Drink Me: Tea Market, Iced Tea Blend

This week I went into my wonderful local tea shop, Tea Market. I was interested to see the summer seasonal flavors and see if they had anything particularly geared towards preparing iced tea.  I ended up getting a seasonal sampler with 5 teas intended to be served iced. I’ll review them in the coming weeks.

Today I’m writing about the Iced Tea Blend which is a blend of black and ceylon teas.  I bought the seasonal sampler with 5 teas for $20, but you can also purchase the tea by the ounce as well.

I brewed the tea hot at work and then poured it over a tumbler of ice. I added just a bit of sugar. The result was a sweet, crisp iced tea perfect for summer afternoons. If you’re in Kansas City, I can’t recommend enough stopping in at the Tea Market!

Knittea: Stuff You Love

Earlier this week a friend posted some delightful looking mugs from Stuff You Love. I had to go check it out for myself.  These are my favorites!

 

Knit Happy Orange Scribbles Mug, 15oz; Stuff You Love, $11.99

Knit a Round Blue Mug, Stuff You Love, $12.99

Knit Happy Purple Retreat Mug, 16oz, Stuff You Love, $12.99

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 93, It’s getting hot out here.

Welcome to episode 93. I do a quick podcast out on my deck today. I have several FO’s, a couple cast-ons and a spin.

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

Sipping: 

  • Mount Rushmore Tea, Detox

Knitting:

Spinning:

  • Finished: Hello Yarn Shetland in Fife
  • On deck: Nunoco batts in Peaseblossom & Mustardseed

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.

Drink Me: Plum Deluxe, Strawberry Orange Herbal

As you know, I recently ordered a few teas from Plum Deluxe.  Another tea in this order was Strawberry Orange Herbal Tea.  This tea is actually from their “blooper” section and is offered at a sale price.  The reason it is a blooper is because a large customer ordered a special blend and then didn’t end up purchasing the blend. Their loss is my gain!

From the label,  Strawberry Orange Herbal contains honeybush tea, hibiscus, rose hips, orange peel, apple pieces, strawberry pieces and raspberry leaves.

Strawberry Orange Herbal is available in limited quantities for $3.50 an ounce.

When I first opened the package I could smell the strawberry and the apple most strongly.  Once brewed I got more of the hibiscus scent, along with the berry and orange flavors. I did add just a touch of sugar, but this one is fruity and sweet enough I’m sure I could have gone without.  This was excellent both hot and cold – just a fruity, refreshing summer drink. If it sound good hurry or you may miss it!

Hylda

Sometimes when a knitting pattern gets published it captures my attention and I have to cast on as soon as I see it. This was the case with Hylda by Bristol Ivy.

Hylda by Bristol Ivy, pattern available on Ravelry for $7.00

Hylda became available in early February of this year and I cast on for my version on February 19.  I even had what I thought would be the perfect yarn in my stash: some Wollmeise DK Merino in the colorway Moses that I had been hoarding for just the right sweater to come along.

The pattern is extremely well written and presented a bit of a challenge to me in getting all the different sections established. The sweater starts at the neck, and proceeds top down with raglan shaping for the sleeves.  The sweater itself isn’t shaped, but rather relies on a series of yarn overs (the mesh section) and twisted rib to create hour glass shaping and the intricate looking back.

I worked on this sweater in fits and starts – I put it down frequently to work on other projects that I committed to, but I knew I would finish it. Over Memorial Day weekend and in the week that followed I dedicated myself to getting this perfect sweater off the needles and ready for wear next fall.  Once I washed and blocked the sweater, the yarn just bloomed; it had been a pleasure to knit with but now it is so squishy and soft. I cannot wait for fall!

Special thanks to my husband who found just the right patch of sunlight for the final photos.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 92, Instant gratification

Welcome to episode 92. It’s been a little over a week since I last recorded and I have TONS of knitting to show you along with a little spinning. The name of the game right now is instant gratification!

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.

Drink Me: Plum Deluxe, Hammock Blend Black Tea

A few months ago I received a lovely package from Plum Deluxe and I was hooked. I went ahead and joined their Tea of the Month club which I have been enjoying quite a bit. I haven’t shared those teas here, however, since they are unavailable to those outside the club.

With the coming summer months I have been looking for good iced tea blends, so I decided to order a few from Plum Deluxe and see what they have to offer.  High on their list of recommended blends for iced tea is their Hammock Blend Black Tea.

From the label, Hammock Blend contains black tea, orange peels, and natural creme flavor.

Hammock Blend is available for $7.00 an ounce.

I have heard talk from other Plum Deluxe customers that this tea tastes like an Orange Creamsicle, or what we used to call 50/50 bars and I was intrigued to try.  When I opened the package I could totally smell the orange and the cream. Once brewed I got more of the black tea aroma.  I added a bit of sugar and the tea was delightfully orange and creamy. I noticed one of the other customers added milk to hers and made a tea latte, which she said just accentuated the creamy flavor of the tea.  This one definitely reminded me of running after the ice cream truck and eating popsicles at the park during summer.

Spinspiration: Citrus Blackberry Tart

The Fiber: The Topeka Twister, Merino Silk in Citrus Blackberry Tart

The Tea: Tea Gschwender, Blackberry Tea

The Mug: Pink Burgundy Mug by Sarah Welch Pottery

The Yarn: Handspun by  me, available in my shop