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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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Knitting:

Yarn Tourism:

 

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

Tea:

  • Adagio, Glow Cloud by Cara McGee

Knitting:

Spinning:

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

 

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.

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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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.