Monthly Archives: August 2017

Episode 151: Eclipse Knitting

Welcome to episode 151! This week has been rife with natural events including the eclipse on Monday and the hurricane down in Texas this weekend. I got a lot of knitting done during the eclipse and have lots to show you. And my thoughts are with those in the path of the hurricane and flooding.

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Sweater Weather

Each year, sometime in August, the switch flips and all I can think about is knitting warm, cozy fall sweaters.  A few weekends ago we had a weird weekend; the weather got down into the 60’s and it was rainy and the world smelled like fall.  It has since gotten warmer again, but that was it for me. I started thinking about all the sweaters.

The first sweater I’m eager to knit is with a gorgeous speckled sportweight yarn. I actually used the same yarn and colorway previously when I knit some socks. It was when I knit those that I decided I had to have a sweater in the gorgeous colorway.  The yarn is Spun Right Round Sport Sock 80/20 Superwash Merino and Nylon in the colorway The Walkers.

It took me a bit to find a pattern that would show off the yarn to it’s finest, and I think I’ve settled on a plain pullover: Verve Pullover by Mary Annarella.

Verve Pullover pattern by Mary Annarella, Available on Ravelry for $7.00.

I also have a gorgeous sweater quantity of The Ross Farm Shetland Sport weight 3-ply from Heliotrope, one of the sheep in their flock. It is a gorgeous surprisingly-soft natural colored yarn that I bought this past year at Ply Away.

I have been browsing sweaters and I think I might end up knitting the Assam Cardigan by Tabetha Hedrick.

Assam Cardigan pattern by Tabetha Hedrick, available on Ravelry for $9.00 CAD.

The final sweater I’m sort of dying to knit is one I don’t have yarn for so I need to knit at least one more out of stash before I’ll let myself buy yarn for it.  The sweater is the Veronika Cardigan by Shannon Stacey.  Even though it isn’t really what I’d consider “my style” I just love it and it looks so cozy for winter.

Veronika Cardigan pattern by Shannon Stacey, available on Ravelry for $6.95.

I’m tempted to copy Tracie’s gorgeous Veronika and order some Barrett Company Wool to try!

What sweaters or other items are you contemplating for fall?

Episode 150, Monogamous Crafting

Welcome to episode 150! This is a short one because monogamous crafting leads to less to show and share. I’ve been working hard on my Camp Loopy sweater, along with a sock and a spin. I talk a bit about upcoming crafting plans as well.

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Drink Me: La Creme, Guava Gold

One of the inclusions in my recent Tearunners box was the Guava Gold Detox Tea from La Creme Coffee and Tea.  This blend has the distinction of being a 2013 Flavored Green Tea championship winner.

From the website, Guava Gold contains Bai Mu Dan White tea, Silver Needle White tea, Japanese Sencha Kyoto Green tea, Formosa Oolong Choicest tea, blue flowers, rose petals, natural and artificial flavoring.

It is available in a variety of sizes: 1/4 lb for $21.00, 1/2 lb for $32.35 and 1lb for $55.00.

When I opened the bag the first thing I noticed was the sweet and spicy scent of guava. Once brewed I could smell a bit of strawberry as well. (As a side note – I wish tea makers wouldn’t just include “natural and artificial flavoring” but tell me WHAT the flavoring is. For instance, if it smells like guava, tell me there’s guava in there!)

The tea was actually quite a bit milder than I was expecting.  I really enjoy Guava Cadabra from David’s Tea and while this definitely had notes of guava, I think I wanted more fruit taste.   That said, it was a pretty smooth blend of tea with light, sweet notes.  I think it would make a good tropical iced tea.

Episode 149: Estes Park Vacation

Welcome to episode 149! This week I was on vacation in Estes Park, CO so I recorded a bit at our hotel. I’m near a river and a waterfall so the sound isn’t perfect, but I hope you’ll enjoy this short episode anyway. There’s a little talk about WIPs and some stash enhancement from vacation yarn stores!

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Drink Me: Rishi Tea, Genmaicha

One of the things that I love about my Tea Runners subscription is that it introduces me to new teas. One of these is the Genmaicha in the May box.

Genmaicha translates to “brown rice tea” and was discovered when Japanese monks brewed green tea in their rice cauldrons.  This particular blend includes organic green tea and organic roasted sticky rice.

Genmaicha is available in a variety of sizes: teaser for $2.00, 50g for $9.00 and 250g for $39.00

I have to say that I was completely skeptical about whether or not I would like this blend.  When I opened the bag all I smelled was the green tea which was sort of overwhelmingly grassy smelling.  However, as the tea brewed, all I could smell was the toasted rice, smelling almost nutty.  The taste was more of the nutty brown rice and not much of the green tea flavor at all.  I added just a touch of sugar and it was sweet and nutty and really enjoyable.  I would definitely try a Genmaicha if you get a chance because this one was delightful!

Episode 148: Sweater weather?

Welcome to episode 148! This weekend has been in the 60s and rainy and I’m thinking about SWEATER WEATHER! I’ve got lots of WIPs and a spin to show off. And I’m dreaming of fall sweaters….

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Tea:

  • Adagio, Glow Cloud by Cara McGee

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Spinning:

  • Finished: Maude & Me, New Zealand Polwarth in Love Will Tear Us Apart
  • On deck: Wooly Wonka Fiber Mixed Merino in Wine Country