Monthly Archives: July 2017

Knit Me: Shepherd’s Lamb

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 Shepherd’s Lamb Organic Wool 2-ply DK yarn. Shepherd’s Lamb is produced on a ranch out of New Mexico that raises organic sheep that free graze in the mountains and valley.  They do raise sheep for meat, but also raise many for wool and they dye the yarn they produce using all natural dyes.

One of the yarns that Shepherd’s Lamb was offering for review was its 2-ply DK weight base, a 100% Rambouillet that comes in 180 yard skeins. When I had the opportunity to try out this yarn, Shepherd’s Lamb offered me my choice of colors.  While they do have set natural colors that they dye, each dye bath varies and each skein is unique.  I opted to try Indigo.

Once the yarn arrived, I decided that it should be a cabled hat. The yarn itself was soft and almost felt like cotton. It was super squishy and wooly feeling; it would probably be great in colorwork because it was quite sticky. I was pretty sure that it would have really great stitch definition, and I wasn’t wrong. I chose to knit Sea Beanie by the late Elena Nodel.

The only complaint I had about this yarn, and it was really more the dyeing than the yarn itself, was the indigo crocking.  Indigo is a natural dye that isn’t water soluble, so it never quite binds to the fiber in the dyeing process.  This means that when you knit with the yarn, particularly when your hands are warm, the dye adheres to your skin.  This isn’t the same as bleeding – when I washed the hat in water and wool soak the water ran completely clear, so it isn’t that the dye wasn’t set properly.  In the future I might try other colors since they are less likely to leave color on my hands.

Shepherd’s Lamb also has a newsletter which you can sign up for here.

A special thank you to Shepherd’s Lamb who sent me the yarn (retail: $16.00) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.

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Episode 147: Just a quick chat.

Welcome to episode 147! A little cooler here this week and lots of little details and knits happening. This one’s a quick one as I have a house full of family, but I wanted to chat.

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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: Fat Cat Knits Corriedale Cross in Smoke
  • On Deck: Maude & Me, New Zealand Polwarth in Love Will Tear Us Apart

 

Drink Me: Tea Runners, Ajiri Tea, Kenyan Black

I’ve been falling down on the tea reviews, but my collection of tea just keeps growing!  One of the selections from my Tea Runners club from a few months back is Kenyan Black Tea from Ajiri Teas.

Kenyan Black Tea is black tea grown in Kenya.

Kenyan Black Tea is available for $10.00 for 3.5oz/100g of loose leaf tea or for $9.00 for a box of 20 teabags. All profits from sales of Ajiri Tea are donated to the Ajiri Foundation, which pays school fees for orphans in western Kenya.

When I got this tea I wasn’t sure whether I would like it. Primarily, I was surprised that it was almost the consistency of coffee grounds.  I used a paper filter to brew up a cup and I was pleasantly surprised that it was delicious. It was a good strong black tea without a bitter finish.  I added a bit of sugar to mine, and I suspect this one would be excellent with a bit of milk or cream.  This was a really great find for Tea Runners and I suspect I’ll be trying more of Ajiri’s teas in the future.

TDF 2017: The second half.

When I last left off on my Tour de Fleece post, I had finished 3 spins. I was able to complete 2 more before my tour ended.

Next up on the wheel was a set of batts that I had carded together out of a Spectrum Kit from Art Club in blues.

This was a full 8 oz of fiber (Merino, Romney and Corriedale) and I ended up with 668 yards of a sport to light DK weight yarn.  Its probably a medium softness, but I think it would make a great shawl or a sweater yoke.

My final spin for the tour was another braid from Hello Yarn, Falkland wool in the Like Berries on a Bush colorway. This colorway was amazing and I enjoyed every minute of spinning it.

I ended up with 399 yards in this 4.1 oz skein.  I think this one would be perfect for socks.

Overall I ended the tour spinning 24.5 oz of fiber and over 2000 yards. This isn’t quite as much as in previous years, but I’m still pleased with what I got done.

In a bit of post-Tour news, I got a bit of a boost yesterday when Ravelry published their Tour de Fleece round up and a skein of my yarn was featured in the article!

Episode 146: Almost too hot to knit.

Welcome to episode 146! It has been sweltering here this week but I’ve actually managed to get a little knitting done due to a long drive this weekend. Some knits and spins, and some talk about what’s next on the needles and wheel, and in KAL news.

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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 Falkland in Like Berries on a Bush

 

Episode 145: Where did the week go?

Welcome to episode 145! Today’s a short one. I don’t know where the week went or why I don’t have more to show! A spin, a few knits and some talk about the upcoming week.

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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/Mohair/Silk in Mean Streak
  • Finished: Merino/Romney/Corriedale batts, Out of the Blue
  • On Deck: Hello Yarn Falkland in Like Berries on a Bush

Extras:

  • I am once again hosting Team CKT for Tour de Fleece 2017. Come spin with us from July 1 – July 23 in celebration of the Tour de France. More details in the group thread.

TDF 2017 – Part 1

Every year I take part in the Tour de Fleece.  Basically I spend 3 weeks spinning (almost exclusively) while watching the Tour de France. It has come to be a summer ritual that I love and look forward to each year.

The tour kicked off on July 1, and despite having a house full of company I dug right in.

My first spin was a braid of Hello Yarn Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) in the colorway New Summer. This was a club color way and I loved the southwestern colors.

I finished this spin on July 3, and ended up with 268 yards of a roughly sport weight yarn.

Next I selected a braid of Wooly Wonka Fibers.  This one is Superwash Merino in reds and oranges and greys.  I just loved the contrast in this braid, and the fiber was beautiful to spin.

I finished this braid on July 7, and ended up with 343 yards of heavy fingering/sport weight yarn.

My third spin is another braid of Hello Yarn fiber, in the colorway Mean Streak.  This braid was a new spinning blend for me: 65% Polwarth merino, 25% Mohair and 10% Tussah silk.  I have to say that I didn’t care for spinning the fiber, even though I love the finished yarn. I found the Mohair to be kind of sticky and it shed everywhere. The finished yarn just glows though!

I ended this spin with 404 yards of fingering weight yarn. I think this skein would make wonderful socks!

At this point we’re about halfway through the tour. I’m hoping to get another 2-3 braids spun up before the end on July 23.

All of these spins are currently available for purchase in my shop!

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 144, Just spinning.

Welcome to episode 144! Today is mostly spins because that’s what I’ve been doing for Tour de Fleece, but I’ve got a few knits in there.

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:

Extras:

  • I am once again hosting Team CKT for Tour de Fleece 2017. Come spin with us from July 1 – July 23 in celebration of the Tour de France. More details in the group thread.

Spinspiration: Bomb Pop

The Fiber: Falkland, handdyed by me

The Tea: Stash Tea, Fusion Red, White and Blueberry Tea

The Mug: Hand Thrown Ceramic Mug from Paw Print Pottery UK

The Yarn: Bomb Pop, available in my shop.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 143, And then there were prizes.

Welcome to episode 143! Today’s a fun one because I announce prize winners for the Sock-a-long and get started on Tour de Fleece! Some socks and other wips to show, and lots of prizes.

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: Falkland in Bomb Pop, dyed by me
  • In progress: Hello Yarn BFL in New Summer

Extras:

  • The Sock-a-long has finished! I announced prize winners on this episode and posted them in the FO thread in the group.
  • I am once again hosting Team CKT for Tour de Fleece 2017. Come spin with us from July 1 – July 23 in celebration of the Tour de France. More details in the group thread.