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Faro

This year while at Rhinebeck, I looked up and found myself in the Green Mountain Spinnery booth.  Immediately I confirmed on Ravelry that a sweater pattern that I had been longing to knit called for the yarn I was standing in front of at the time.  I eagerly purchased 6 skeins of Weekend Wool in the Teal colorway.

When I got home, I purchased the pattern that I wanted to knit: Faro Pullover by Amy Christoffers.

Faro Pullover by Amy Christoffers, Pattern available on Ravelry for $7.00.

It took me a few months to get around to casting on, but I did in early January, dreaming of my lovely Aran weight sweater that would be wonderful in the cold weather.

The Faro Pullover is knit from cuff to cuff, meaning that you start knitting at the cuff of one sleeve and continue to build your sweater across, increasing for the body, separating for the neck and then rejoining and decreasing for the opposite sleeve.  It was fun to knit a sweater this way – it’s something I haven’t done before.  My one concern in knitting the sweater in this manner was that I wouldn’t be able to try it on as I went.  However, I trusted in the pattern and kept knitting.

Last week I finished knitting the body of the sweater.  I washed and blocked it, and then seamed the sides, adding the hem last.

Overall, I’m pretty pleased with the sweater.  It’s fairly warm, and will be a casual piece that I’m excited to add to my wardrobe. The Weekend Wool was really nice to knit with. It’s a bit rustic, but it shows the cables and stitch details beautifully, and since I’ll be wearing a top underneath it (much like the modeled shot in the pattern shows) so I’m not worried about the itch factor.

My only real complaint with the finished sweater is that it’s a bit wide on me. While the sleeves and neckline fit well, I feel I could have knit a smaller size for the body and ended up with a bit less fabric on the sides. Finally, I feel like the seaming is a bit bulky.  The yarn is an Aran weight, and the stitch patterns mean that the sides aren’t quite a straight seam (the fabric ripples slightly where the cables and lace end).  This results in a slightly bulkier seam than I would prefer.  I contemplated ripping back to fix the body width issue, but ultimately decided that I would still wear the sweater as is and enjoy it.

Now I just need this abnormally warm February to send us a bit of a chill!

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 125, A really big show.

Welcome to episode 125! Today’s podcast runs a bit long – I have so many knits and spins to share with you. At the end, I also announce the winner of Mina’s New York Sock Collection subscription.

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:

  • Mt. Rushmore souvenir tea, Moroccan Mint

Knitting:

Spinning:

 

Drink Me: Capital Teas, Lemongrass Ginger Serenity

The final tea in my last order from Capital Teas was Lemongrass Ginger Serenity (Organic).

From the website, Lemongrass Ginger Serenity contains lemongrass, ginger, licorice and peppermint.

It is available in a variety of sizes including 2oz for $9.95, 4oz for $19.90, 8oz for $37.81, 1lb for $71.64 and 2lbs for $135.32.

When I first opened the package the smell of the lemongrass and ginger was overwhelming – I think I even sneezed. But as I prepared the tea and it brewed, I got more of the licorice and peppermint aromas. The tea was milder than I expected, though I made sure not to overdo the measurements nor to steep too long. I think a stronger brew of this would be wonderful during cold season. However, this was a really nice afternoon cup; fresh and full of herbs and just slightly sweet.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 124, Two FO’s and a problem.

Welcome to episode 124! I have two FO’s this week, I’m making good progress on my sweater and I have a bit of a problem.  Also some spinning and a Giveaway!

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: Nunoco Batts, Midsummer Night’s Dream
  • On deck: Pigeonroof Polwarth in Millefiore

 Extras:

Moth & Rust Designs

This past week Leanne of Moth & Rust Designs asked if she could interview me about my spinning.  Leanne is a Kansas artist who designs clothing, art, knitting patterns and more.  Thank you to Leanne for such a beautiful feature!

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 123, The one with the carrot.

Welcome to episode 123! I have one finished object this week and I’m making good progress on my knits. I’m also holding a Find Your Fade shawl as a carrot towards finishing some things!

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 in Troll.
  • On deck: Nunoco Batts, Midsummer Night’s Dream

 

Drink Me: Tea Time Scottsdale, Passion Berry

Another tea my friend Liz brought me from Tea Time Scottsdale was Passion Berry.

From the package, Passion Berry is a black tea.

I don’t know precisely what is in the Passion Berry tea, but when I opened the package all I got was delicious tropical aromas.  I sort of assume what I was smelling was passionfruit flavor, and there were obviously petals that smelled of apricot. Actually, when I opened the package it reminded me of fruit roll ups from my childhood.  But I mean that in the best way possible!  Once brewed it smelled a bit less fruity, and I definitely got a hint of the black tea.  The taste was sweet, but very tropical. I think this would make a great summer iced tea, although it was a delicious mid-afternoon treat!

Craftivism Continued

These past few weeks I have found myself really struggling for what topics to write about. On one hand, I know that most of my readers come here to find information on knitting and spinning and tea.  I am still crafting, but I feel somewhat disingenuous if I just continue on as if nothing else is going on.

So today I’ll feature a few patterns, including a finished hat that I knit, that feature crafting and activism, or craftivism.

The first is a hat designed by my amazing friend Kiki Hall. Fierce Feminist is available for free on Ravelry, and in lieu of a fee Kiki asks that you make a donation to a social justice organization of your choosing.  I helped Kiki by tech editing the pattern and I offered to knit a sample to make sure it worked.  After looking at Kiki’s original hat, I ordered similar colors in Knit Picks Capra DK (Flamingo, Fuchsia, and Black), but decided to knit them in a different arrangement. I finished my hat on Monday night. It is warm, cozy and FIERCE.

Another recently released pattern is Peace de Resistance Mittens by Bristol Ivy.  Bristol is donating any profits from the sale of the mitten pattern to a variety of social justice organizations, and also offers an option where you can make a donation yourself, then send her the receipt and receive a free copy of the pattern.  The mittens call for fingering weight yarn and could be knit in any colors!

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 122, Just WIPin’ along.

Welcome to episode 122! Lots of WIPs today to share with you.

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: Tempted Alpaca/Merino/Silk in Sex N Candy.
  • On deck: Hello Yarn Polwarth in Troll.

Extras

  • There are only a few days left in the Selfish Craft-a-long. After two months of crafting gifts it’s time to craft something that brings you joy! Details are in the Ravelry group.

Drink Me: Tea Time Scottsdale, Raspberry Beret

Another tea my friend Liz brought me from Tea Time Scottsdale was Raspberry Beret.

From the package, Raspberry Beret is a green tea with raspberries and pink and white cornflower blossoms.

When I opened the package, I got the undeniable aroma of raspberries.  Once brewed I got more of the green tea scent.  I was a little disappointed that the raspberry flavor wasn’t stronger, because I felt it competed a little bit with the green tea. That said, it was light and would probably be delicious as an iced tea during the summer months.