Monthly Archives: January 2018

Drink Me: Tea Runners, Water Sprite Oolong

I’m awash in samples from Tea Runners!  This week I brought Water Sprite Oolong to work to try.

Water Sprite Oolong is pure oolong tea from a family farm high up in the mountains of Southeast China.

Water Sprite Oolong

Water Sprite Oolong

The first thing I noticed when I opened the bag is how smoky this tea is.  The packaging suggests there is some honey sweetness “balanced with strong earthy tones,” but all I got from this one was a smoky smell and taste.  In general, I find oolongs very mellow and I enjoy them, but I think this one was too smoky for me. I enjoyed trying it, but I wouldn’t add it to my permanent collection.

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Episode 169: It’s been a week!

Welcome to episode 169! I only just got internet service restored in time to upload this video. It’s been a crazy busy week. I’ve gotten quite a bit of knitting and spinning done, especially without the internet to distract me!

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

Tea:

Knitting:

Spinning:

Extras

  • I’ve started a team for the Ravellenic Games! Please come join Team CKT!

Knit Me: Zen Yarn Garden, Magical Dye Pot Series

Recently Stitchcraft Marketing contacted me to see if I would be interested in knitting something out of Zen Yarn Garden’s Magical Dye Pot Series.  The premise behind the Magical Dye Pot Series is that sets of 6 colorways are created for larger projects. Within these sets, the colors both coordinate and contrast.  So you can order all 6 colorways and create an amazing “fade” project, or you can order any subset of colors from a single set and have colors that work well together within a single project.

Zen Yarn Garden generously offered me my choice of 3 skeins for a project.  I chose the “C” series, and skeins C1, C3 and C6 (there are currently 6 series, A through F). All skeins are available on a variety of bases and Zen Yarn Garden dyes all their yarn to order, so your skeins are always made just for you.  For this review I received the Superfine Merino Fingering weight base, which is 90% superfine merino/10% nylon and comes in 400 yards/100 gram skeins.

ZYG Magical Dyepots

One I had placed my order, I went through my queue on Ravelry to find the perfect 3-color shawl pattern.  I settled on Love Ewe Baby by Susanne Sommer, thinking all that brioche and textured stitching would be a lovely way to showcase the colors I picked.

C Ewe Baby

I have worked with Zen Yarn Garden’s Superfine Merino Fingering base before and I love it. It’s super soft and bouncy and stands up well to being knit and ripped (oops!).  This time I was struck by the amazing colors.  In my last shawl I knit with two solids and two speckles.  This time I had this amazing orange tonal to knit with. I couldn’t even count the shades of orange, red, pink and coral I could see in the yarn. It was super hard to photograph as you can see from the images above. I think the first shots of the yarn and the final shots of the finished shawl are as close to color correct as I can get them.

As I progressed through the pattern I just loved watching the colors play together.

I made very few modifications on this shawl. In fact, the only problem I had was I ran out of that gorgeous orange a few rows too soon and had to cut the final section short and finish the i-cord edgge in the brown (again a gorgeous almost opalescent dyed skein).

I will definitely be purchasing more from Zen Yarn Garden in the future!

C Ewe Baby

C Ewe Baby

C Ewe Baby

 

A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at Zen Yarn Garden who sent me the Magical Dye Pot Yarns (retail: $24.00/skein for a total of $72.00) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.

Episode 168: No Internet!

Welcome to episode 168! This one was delayed because our internet has been down. I did get lots of knitting and spinning done though! Also I announce the creation of a Ravellenic Games team, Team CKT. Please come and join us!

Please come and join the Ravelry group.

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

Tea:

Knitting:

Spinning:

Extras

  • I’ve started a team for the Ravellenic Games! Please come join Team CKT!

Drink Me: Tea-Historic, Cretaceous Cinnamon

Many, many months ago (I’m ashamed to count how many) my friend Ana brought me a few bags of Tea-Historic tea that she had picked up at a local festival.  I pulled them out for sampling in the next few weeks and went to the website to do more research and learned that Tea-Historic is closing up shop! That will teach me to delay in reviewing.

The first tea I wanted to review was Tea-Historic Cretaceous Cinnamon.  From the package, Cretaceous Cinnamon contains Assam black tea, and cinnamon sticks.

Tea-Historic teas are available in 1oz increments for $6 per ounce.

Cretacious Cinnamon

Cretacious Cinnamon

When I opened the package I was interested to see big chunks of cinnamon sticks in with the black tea.   The tea itself smelled wonderfully of cinnamon, both before and after brewing.  It was a delightfully strong black tea, with the taste of warm (but not spicy) cinnamon. It was perfect for a mid-afternoon cup.

Episode 167: Wips Wips Wips

Welcome to episode 167! I feel like I got lots done this week, but since I’m in the middle of some larger projects it’s all WIPS! Ok, I have a finished knit and spin, but lots more I want to do before the end of the month.

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

Tea:

Knitting:

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Episode 166: Not enough knitting time!

Welcome to episode 166! I feel like a week can’t possibly have gone by already because I didn’t get nearly enough knitting done. I have a few WIPs and a finished spin for you this week.

Please come and join the Ravelry group.

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

Tea:

Knitting:

Spinning:

  • Finished: Spunky Eclectic, Polwarth in Snow Leopard
  • On deck: Two if By Hand, BFL in Regeneration

Drink Me: Adagio Teas, Cri-Tea-Cal Role

My husband knows me so well. He wanted to buy me some tea for Christmas so he checked out Adagio Teas where he found a whole sampler set of 12-teas for fans of Critical Roll.   I photographed them all for fun, and I’ll be sampling a few over the next few weeks on the blog.

Adagio Critical Roll collection

Critical Roll is a Dungeons and Dragons series on the Geek & Sundry Twitch Channel.  It airs weekly, and features lots of fun, imaginative characters and zany storylines.

Each of the teas in Cri-Tea-Cal Role is named for something from the game, and tea creator Stephanie Traylor chose from all the Adagio ingredients to create her own signature blends.

Today I’m reviewing Inspiration which is a blend of black and oolong teas, apple pieces, passionfruit flavor, vanilla, marigold flowers, ginger root and flavor, and finally rainbow sprinkles.

I received the sampler tin as part of the set, but the tea is also available singly as a sample for $5.00, 3oz pouch for $12.00 or 5oz tin for $24.00.

Adagio Critical Roll collection

Adagio Critical Roll collection

When I first opened the package, aside from being delighted by the sprinkles, I loved the tropical smell of the tea.  As it brewed I mostly got the passionfruit aroma. Sipping it I get more of the vanilla, passionfruit and apple. I don’t taste much ginger, but it probably keeps the tea balanced, especially with the sweet sprinkles.  I picked this one for today because I like both black and oolong teas quite a bit, and I’m always up for a little tropical tea on a Friday afternoon.  I enjoyed this blend and look forward to sampling the others!

Knit Me: Bijou Basin Himalayan Summit

Recently Stitchcraft Marketing contacted me to see if I would be interested in trying the newest offering from Bijou Basin Ranch, Himalayan Summit.  Himalayan Summit is a luxurious addition to their line. It comes in 325 yard/100 gram skeins and is an oh so soft mix of 50% Tibetan Yak and 50% Superfine Merino.  I have knit with Bijou Basin yarns before, and they are all ultra-lush and wonderful to knit with. I eagerly selected a skein in the Turmeric colorway and started looking for patterns.

Bijou Basin Himalayan Sunset

I decided I absolutely had to wear this skein close to my skin, and I’ve been looking for a luxurious new hat, so I perused my pattern queue on Ravelry and decided to knit Constellate by Hunter Hammersen.  The yarn was just a little splitty (I chalk this up to the super fine stapled fibers in it), but had really great stitch definition that showed off the pattern to perfection.  I’m calling mine Harvest Moon.

Harvest Moon

I mostly knit this hat on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day and I was almost sorry when it was done because the yarn was so soft and wonderful to work with. I’m really pleased with the combination of the pattern and yarn, and my hat has been keeping me very warm during our single digit temperatures this week.

Harvest Moon

A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at Bijou Basin Ranch who sent me a skein of Himalayan Summit (retail: $25.00) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.