Monthly Archives: June 2017

Drink Me: Tea Embassy, Secret Garden

Another tea I picked up in my last Tea Embassy order was their Secret Garden blend.

From the website, Secret Garden contains Pai Mu Tan, Darjeeling and Chinese green teas, sencha, dragonwell, gunpowder, jasmine jade pearls, candied mango bits, candied pineapple bits, orange peels, strawberry bits, red currants, sour cherry bits and apricot bits.

Secret Garden is available at $6.50 per ounce in 1oz, 2oz, 4oz, 8oz and 1lb packages.

When I first opened the package, I got the overwhelming tropical scent of the mango and pineapple. As it brewed I also detected the cherry and strawberry scents.   The tea itself was light and fruity.  The blend didn’t taste strongly of any of the actual teas: I didn’t get a black tea feel from it, and the green tea was very light and not grassy.  Overall, it was a really nice light fruity blend. I think it would be fantastic iced and I really enjoyed it.

Spinspiration: Hummingbird.

The Fiber: Blue Faced Leicester in Hummingbird via Hello Yarn.

The Infuser: Hummingbird Tea Infuser via Amazon.

The Mug: Mint Green Bird Cage via GilliattCeramics.

The Yarn: Hummingbird via The Corner of Knit & Tea.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 142, Prepping for TDF.

Welcome to episode 142! Today I have way too many WIPs and I also show you all the spins I have planned (I hope!) for TDF. Also this is the last week to enter the Sock-a-long so finish your socks and get them entered. There’s still time to joint TeamCKT for TDF – come join us!

Please come and join the Ravelry group.

You can also find me on Ravelry as FluffykTwitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Corner of Knit & Tea.

Tea:

Knitting:

Spinning:

  • In progress: Falkland in Bomb Pop, dyed by me
  • On deck: 2+ lbs of fiber for TDF!

Extras:

  • This is the last week of the Sock-a-long! Be sure you get your photos in the FO thread and I’ll be doing the prize draw next weekend. Come visit the group thread for details.
  • I am once again hosting Team CKT for Tour de Fleece 2017. Come spin with us from July 2 – July 23 in celebration of the Tour de France. More details in the group thread.

Drink Me: Tea Embassy, Snow Flake

When I placed by last order with Tea Embassy, they slipped in a sample of their Snow Flake tea.

From the website, Snow Flake contains black tea, almonds and coconut rasps.

It is available in a variety of sizes: 1oz for $3.25, 2oz for $6.50, 4oz for $13.00, 8oz for $26.00 and 1lb for $52.00.

I was interested in trying this blend because there is another Snowflake tea that I’m quite fond of and I wanted to see how this one compared.  This one smelled quite good – I got a lot of coconut and almond aroma right away.  Once brewed, the tea was quite smooth with a lot of coconut flavor, but I didn’t get as much of almond flavor as I wanted. The tea was still quite good, and would be a great dessert tea.

Knittea: High Tea Collection

This past week I became smitten with a gorgeous sweater called Assam. It turns out it is the newest release from Tabetha Hedrick and is part of the new Sweet Georgia collection of patterns called High Tea.

Assam pattern by Tabetha Hedrick, available on Ravelry for $9.00 Canadian (approx. $7.04).

The full collection which includes an additional sweater, a shawl, and a hat (for a total for 4 patterns) is available for $15.00 Canadian via Ravelry.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 141, All the socks.

Welcome to episode 141! Today I have my finished Camp Loopy project to show you as well as more socks! Also some spinning and a quick discussion of the events going on in the Ravelry group.

Please come and join the Ravelry group.

You can also find me on Ravelry as FluffykTwitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Corner of Knit & Tea.

Tea:

Knitting:

Spinning:

  • Finished: Hello Yarn Polwarth/Silk in Pebble
  • On deck: Falkland in Bomb Pop, dyed by me

Extras:

  • I am currently hosting a Sock KAL (knit or crochet) from May 1 to June 30. Come visit the group thread for details.
  • I am once again hosting Team CKT for Tour de Fleece 2017. Come spin with us from July 2 – July 23 in celebration of the Tour de France. More details in the group thread.

Drink Me: Tea Embassy, Fancy Formosa Oolong

A few weeks ago I decided it was time to try a new tea provider and I placed an order with Tea Embassy. I ordered several selections, but today I’ll be reviewing the Fancy Formosa Oolong.

From the website, Fancy Formosa Oolong contains white-tipped oolong from Taiwan.

It is available in a variety of sizes: 1oz for $6.00, 2oz for $12.00, 4oz for $24.00, 8oz for $48.00 and 1lb for $96.00.

When I opened the package, I got a delicious aroma.  I’ve mentioned before that I love oolongs because, in my opinion, they tend to be the smoothest teas.  This tea was delightful.  It was a strong tea, but not quite as bitter as some black teas.  With a bit of sugar, it was sweet and full bodied with just a hint of peach and apricot flavors at the end. This is the perfect morning or afternoon tea, especially with a jam-filled cookie.

Camp Loopy 2017 – Project 1

Even though summer doesn’t technically start until the Summer Solstice later this month, I measure my seasons by crafting milestones.  Summer has arrived when Camp Loopy starts and Tour de Fleece looms on the horizon.

This month I completed my first Camp Loopy project in record time.  The theme this year is dinosaurs and the criteria for the first project were to select a yarn or pattern with some texture that might mock the kind of texture you find on dinosaur skin.  So you could either choose a textured yarn (speckles, stellina, etc.) or you could choose a pattern that would give your fabric texture.

I originally thought that I would knit socks for this project, but given the yardage requirement (400 yds) and my small feet, those would have had to be knee socks! So I started looking for something else with texture.   I settled on a shawl/cowl combination, Appia by Hilary Smith Callis, and used a single skein of Knerd Fingering in the colorway Fired Up!

Overall, I loved this knit.  I knit the cowl per pattern, only modifying by adding some extra pattern repeats at the end to use up all but about 4 grams of the yarn (~440 yards). I think this style of cowl is super wearable and I love the bright, fun color. I would highly recommend Hilary Smith Callis’ patterns, and she has several in this style in both fingering and worsted weight.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 140, WIPitis

Welcome to episode 140! Today I have mostly WIPs – Camp Loopy, my next pair of socks and my ripple scrappy afghan. Also some spinning and a quick discussion of the events going on in the Ravelry group.

Please come and join the Ravelry group.

You can also find me on Ravelry as FluffykTwitter, Instagram as Fluffykira, and in my shop The Corner of Knit & Tea.

Tea:

  • Mint Green

Knitting:

Spinning:

Extras:

  • I am currently hosting a Sock KAL (knit or crochet) from May 1 to June 30. Come visit the group thread for details.
  • I am once again hosting Team CKT for Tour de Fleece 2017. Come spin with us from July 2 – July 23 in celebration of the Tour de France. More details in the group thread.

SOCKS!

Lately I’ve been a sock knitting machine. Part of it has to do with the fact that I’m running a sock-a-long over in my podcast group on Ravelry.  Part of it has to do with the fact that I have a bulging stash of sock yarn that I need to use!

A few of the recent pairs:

I call the first pair “The Walkers.”  These are The Avenues Socks by the Knitting Expat, knit in Spun Right Round 80/20 Sport in The Walkers.  I love this yarn so much I bought a sweater quantity of it for a lovely speckled sweater.  The pops of purple are so much fun, and the 80/20 sport base is so squishy and lovely.   I also particularly like the slip stitch detail of the pattern. It creates a really pretty sock!

Next I finished on a pair of pretty plain vanilla socks in Opal Best Friends (Attachment 8863).  However, I did decide to try a new heel and used the Sweet Tomato Heel by Cat Bordhi.  This created a short row heel with some more room than the standard short row heel. I haven’t gotten to wear these socks much yet, but I look forward to testing out this heel.

The third and final pair I’ve knit in the last month or so are the  Union Square Socks by Mina Philipp in Another Crafty Girl Strong Sock in Ponkie Brewster.  This was the perfect marriage of yarn and pattern.  The pattern itself is simple and elegant, and the yarn color is just beautiful. I love those jewel tones and even though the yarn is variegated, I think it works perfectly with the texture in the pattern.

On the needles now is another pair for me, and then I’ll be recreating some of these socks for my mini-me for the fall.

My sock-a-long ends at the end of June, but I’m also participating in Summer of Socks so there will be more to come!