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Knit Me: Zen Yarn Garden Gradient Sets

Recently Stitchcraft Marketing contacted me to see if I would be interested in knitting something out of Zen Yarn Garden’s Gradient Sets.  I spent a little while looking at the sets, deciding if I wanted a tonal set versus a more variegated set, and whether I wanted to do a trio or a quartet.  I finally settled on a quartet in the Vocal colorways.

Even before the skeins arrived at my house I had selected the perfect pattern. In fact, I actually picked my color scheme based on what I wanted to knit.  I chose to knit Aurorae by Helen Stewart. This pattern was part of last year’s Shawl Society collection and I decided the pinks, purples and blues of this particular gradient set would be perfect!

Even from the start, I was really pleased with this yarn. It is super soft and bouncy and draped beautifully for the shawl.  I loved the way the set included a speckled yarn, a more variegated yarn and two solids.  At first, when I received it, I wasn’t sure about the “gradient” nature of the kit, but as I worked my way through the shawl I decided that each color really did blend into the next and I was so pleased with how it turned out.  Once blocked the yarn was so incredibly soft – I can’t wait to wrap myself up in this shawl this coming winter.

I did make a few modifications on the pattern (to adapt to 4 gradient colors rather than 6) and I used up about 640 yards of the set – almost all of the yardage on all the colors except the pink.  All of these notes are on my project page.

Overall I would definitely purchase one of these gradient sets in the future. I’ll have to think about a tonal project next….

Even more exciting than my review, Zen Yarn Garden currently has a giveaway contest going and you could win your very own Vocal Gradient Quartet. You can read all the details and enter the giveaway  here. The deadline is October 31, 2017 so don’t wait too long. Good luck!

A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at Zen Yarn Garden who sent me the Vocal Gradient Quartet (retail: $52.80) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.

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Episode 157: Reviews and more.

Welcome to episode 157! This week I have a two FOs and reviews – Zen Yarn Garden Gradient Quartets and the Strickplaner from Martina Behm. I also have some other knits and a bit of a catch up since it’s been two weeks.

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

 

Knitting:

Spinning:

  • Finished: Falkland in Hydrangea (dyed by me)

 

Drink Me: American Tea Room, Organic Bliss

In one of the recent Tea Runners boxes I found a delicious looking tea from the American Tea Room called Organic Bliss.  I was actually surprised to see that the American Tea Room has locations in Los Angeles. I will have to try and visit the next time I go!

From the website, Organic Bliss contains Organic green tea, Organic white tea, Organic dragonfruit pieces, Organic lemongrass, Organic kiwi pieces, Organic raspberry pieces, Natural flavoring, and Sugar.

It comes in a variety of sizes: sample for $4.00, 2oz for $9.75, 3.5oz for $15.00, 7oz for $27.00 and 14oz for $48.00.

TR American Tea Room Organic Bliss

TR American Tea Room Organic Bliss

When I first opened the package I got a lot of the sweet tropical fruit aromas. Once brewed I got a little more of the green tea aroma wafting from the teacup. The tea was light and fruity and delicious, with delicate flavors that melded together in a bit of sweet and just a touch of tang. I really enjoyed this one as a mid-afternoon pick me up, and I think it would be really delightful iced. I’ll definitely be checking out the tea room in the future!

Inktober.

Recently I have been getting more into fountain pens and inks.  So I was excited to try and participate in this year’s Inktober challenge.

Originally I thought I would just practice my penmanship and use a different ink color every day of the month. But then I read the actual initiative and realized I was supposed to DRAW in ink each day. My drawing skills … well…. erm… leave a bit to be desired.  But in for a penny, in for a pound. Away we go.

The first week looks like this:

#inktober Playing with flourishes. #flourish #thoreau #organicsstudio #waldenpond

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I realized yesterday that the point of #inktober is to draw. So I drew. #ivy

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#inktober2017 Getting a bit more adventurous. #pensandink #ajisai

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It would have been a better idea if the ink were lavender. #inktober #lavenderblack #pensandink

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#inktober

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#inktober Lucky (#7) Orange

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#inktober

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So far my favorite is either the Ajisai (Hydrangea) or the Vert Olive (Olive Green).

If you’re interested in seeing what other pen and ink people are up to, check out the #inktober tag on Instagram!

Episode 156: Just wanna knit.

Welcome to episode 156! This week I have a few FO’s, a new project in progress and lots of upcoming cast-ons to show you. I also have a little spinning, but I think that might take a back seat for a little while because all I wanna do is knit!

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:

  • In progress: Falkland in Hydrangea (dyed by me)
  • On deck: Hello Yarn Corriedale in Poisoned Apples

 

Drink Me: Tea Embassy, Capital Blend

When I placed my last order with Tea Embassy, I decided to order some unflavored black tea to review. I settled for the Capital Blend.

From the website, the Capital Blend is a blend of Assam, Kenyan and Ceylon teas. They consider it a Scottish Breakfast Blend.

Capital Blend is available in 1oz increments for $3.00 per ounce.

Tea Embassy Capital Blend

Tea Embassy Capital Blend

When I opened the package I smelled a good strong black tea. Once brewed, the tea was a smooth finishing black.  I brewed it strong for my morning kickstart, and added just a touch of sugar.  It was full bodied without a bitter finish and I really enjoyed it. I would definitely order more.

Spinspiration: Wonder Woman

Spinspiration: Wonder Woman/You're a Wonder

The Fiber: Southern Cross Fibre, 50% South African Superfine Merino/50% Mulberry Stripe

The Art: Skills by Karl James Mountford

The Mug: Cubist Wonder, Society 6

The Yarn: You’re a Wonder

Episode 155: Fall Castonitis

Welcome to episode 155! This week I have an FO, a few WIPS and LOTS of things I’d like to cast on.

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: Southern Cross Fibre 50/50 SASF/Mulberry Stripe in You’re a Wonder!
  • On deck: Falkland in Hydrangea (dyed by me)

 

Drink Me: T2, Chai

The second tea I ordered in my recent order from T2 was their Chai.

From the website, T2 Chai includes black tea, cloves, cardamon, star anise, cinnamon, ginger, natural and artificial flavor.

Chai comes in two sizes: a 100g cube for $13.00 or 250g for $31.00.

T2

T2 Chai

When I opened the package I was quite impressed with the tea. Not only did it smell amazing, but there were full pods of cardamom and star anise in the tea.  This one didn’t disappoint – it was quite strong and spicy which is just the way I like Chai.  I’ll definitely be keeping this one on my list of favorite Chais for the future and would highly recommend it if you like strong spicy tea.

Knit Me: Manos Del Uruguay, Alegria Grande

When Stitchcraft Marketing contacted me to see if I would be interested in knitting something out of Manos del Uruguay Alegria Grande I jumped at the chance.  Alegria Grande is the worsted weight version of the Alegria fingering weight yarn that I previously reviewed.  It has the same fiber content (75% superwash merino and 25% polyamide) and comes in 197 yard/100g skeins.  Fairmount Fibers was absolutely lovely and sent me a skein in the colorway of my choice, which happened to be Tannat.

As soon as the skein arrived at my house I decided it had to be a Calliope Cowlette, the new pattern release from Carina Spencer, that is made for variegated yarns!

I was really pleased with the Alegria Grande.  The yarn was super soft and squishy, and in the worsted weight had a nice bounce.  While Alegria Grande is available in semi-solid colorways (HELLO GORGEOUS SWEATERS!) it also comes in many variegated colorways perfect for that one skein project.

(Technically my project took 1.5 skeins but who’s counting?)

I found the whole process of knitting this cowl to be a “just one more row” knit. That is, I always wanted to do one more row, or see a few more stitches of color.  I’m so pleased to have a wonderful cowl for my fall wardrobe.

A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at Fairmount Fibers who sent me a skein of Alegria Grande (retail: $24.80) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.