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Adagio’s Gingerbread blend includes black tea, gingerbread flavor, cinnamon bark, orange peel and ginger root.
Gingerbread is available in a variety of sizes: sample for $2.00, 3oz for $7.00, and 16oz for $24.00.
When I first opened the package I got the strong smell of molasses and gingerbread. Once brewed it was a little milder, but I got hints of the gingerbread and the orange. I really enjoyed this one and it would be amazing with ginger snaps. I’ve never made them, but maybe it’s time to learn.
From the ingredients list, Lemon Pound Cake contains oolong, lemongrass, lemon peel, sunflower blossoms, white hibiscus and natural and artificial poundcake and lemon flavor.
It comes in multiple increments of 2 oz. for $10.98 per 2 oz.
When I first opened the package I got vanilla pound cake smell, followed by a bit of tangy lemon. It smelled sweet and delicious. Once brewed I got more of a lemon tea smell. Despite the oolong tea in the blend, it tasted light and lemony. This is a delicious dessert-like tea, that I really enjoyed mid-afternoon. I think it would be great with cake, or on a cold winter day for a bit of a lift.
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.
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.
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!
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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- In Progress: Bentley Cardigan by Marie Green, Gherkin’s Bucket Long Stride Sock in Royale
- In Progress: Vanilla socks, West Yorkshire Spinners Signature 4-ply in Peacock
- In progress: Neat Ripple by Lucy of Attic 24, scrap sock yarns
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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- Finished: Camp Loopy Project #2: Playful Stripes by Alana Dakos, Cascade 220 Superwash Sport in Alaskan Sky and The Sanguine Gryphon Bugga in The Very Quiet Cricket
- Finished: Sea Beanie by Elena Nodel, Shepherd’s Lamb Rambouillet in Indigo
- In progress: Vanilla socks, On the Round Everyday Fingering in After the Storm
- On deck: Bentley Cardigan by Marie Green, Gherkin’s Bucket Long Stride Sock in Royale
- Finished: Fat Cat Knits Corriedale Cross in Smoke
- On Deck: Maude & Me, New Zealand Polwarth in Love Will Tear Us Apart
This past week I became smitten with a gorgeous sweater called Assam. It turns out it is the newest release from Tabetha Hedrick and is part of the new Sweet Georgia collection of patterns called High Tea.
The full collection which includes an additional sweater, a shawl, and a hat (for a total for 4 patterns) is available for $15.00 Canadian via Ravelry.
This month I received my third subscription box from Tea Runners. So far I have been really impressed by the offerings and this month is no exception.
This month’s selections include: Fellini’s Folly (rooibos), English Breakfast, Kenyan Black and Moonlight Jasmine.
English Breakfast is available in a variety of sizes: a “teaser” sample for $2.00, 4oz for $13.00 and a full pound for $45.00.
I really liked this blend. It was a good strong black tea with a full bodied flavor, but it didn’t end up at all bitter. It was an excellent way to start my day and I’d definitely try it again. Stay tuned – next week I’ll review the Moonlight Jasmine.
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 Mountain Meadow Wool. Mountain Meadow is a spinning mill set below the Big Horn Mountains on the Western Plains of Wyoming. It is a family operated mill, owned by Karen Hostetler, and dedicated to supporting local ranchers and raising awareness about ranching culture in the American West. Mountain Meadow is committed to revitalizing the American wool industry through eco-friendly operations and fair prices for ranchers.
One of the yarns that Mountain Meadow Wool was offering for review was its Alpine base. Alpine is a DK weight 3-ply worsted spun yarn that is 100% Targhee merino and comes in 260 yard/100g skeins. When I had the opportunity to try out this yarn, Mountain Meadow Wool generously offered 2 skeins, and I eagerly selected the Moss Colorway.
I decided before the yarn arrived that I wanted to design something with this beautiful yarn. Around the same time Frenchie of Aroha Knits did an Initiate Knit Design challenge. I spent lots of time swatching and planning, and ultimately I knit an eternity loop with a leaf pattern.
The yarn was really a pleasure to work with. I expected the Alpine to be a little rustic, but I was pleasantly surprised when it was so very soft. It was wooly, but was also super soft and almost cottony in feel. Once washed, it bloomed and developed a really nice drape. It stood up to some swatching and ripping and never showed any wear. I would definitely consider this yarn again; I’m thinking I could use a sweater in it!
I finished knitting my sample last week, and this week the pattern, Wood Sorrel, is being tech edited and is then off to testers. I hope to release it in mid-May. Wood Sorrel will be available on Ravelry shortly.
A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at Mountain Meadow Wool who sent me the yarn (retail: $46.00) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.
From the website, Creme de la Berry Green contains green tea, organic cacao nibs, flavoring and strawberry fruit pieces.
It’s available in a variety of sizes: 2oz for $4.15, 4oz for $7.20, 8oz for $13.20, or 1lb for $26.40.
When I opened the package, the first thing I could smell were the strawberries; it was like they were sweet and tart and fresh in the package. The tea itself was light without a grassy taste, and the strawberry flavor really came through. I didn’t get as much of the chocolate taste, but I was so delighted with the strawberry flavor that I don’t care. I can’t wait to try this one iced as summer rolls around!