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Drink Me: Tea Runners, English Breakfast

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.

Today I’m review the English Breakfast tea from Rishi Tea in Milwaukee, WI.  This black tea is sourced from the mountains in Thailand.

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.

Knit Me: Mountain Meadow Wool Alpine

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.

Drink Me: Tea Runners, Creme de la Berry Green

A second tea that I got from my last Tea Runners box was Creme de la Berry Green, which actually comes from Simpson & Vail from whom I have recently purchased tea.

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!

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 133, All green, all the time.

Welcome to episode 133! Today it’s just WIPs, although I do share my second design inspiration with you. Have a lovely week!

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Drink Me: Tea Runners, Black Masala from Sahpat Teas

This week I was delighted to receive my second shipment from Tea Runners (I blogged about my first shipment here.)  This month featured four wonderful selections. Today I’m reviewing the Black Masala from Sahpat Teas included in the shipment.

From the package, this is another award-winning black tea with a “spicy south Asian kick to it,” as well as ginger, cinnamon, cardamom, cloves and black pepper.

I love Masala and was so excited to receive this one. When I opened the package I got the best spicy aroma and I couldn’t wait to brew it up.  This one was super smooth, with a full bodied flavor with lots of spice. I had mine with just a touch of honey, but I’m sure it would be delicious with milk as well. Usually I share my samples with my friends, but I am tempted to keep this one all to myself!

Knit Me: Manos del Uruguay

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 Manos del Uruguay Alegria.  Alegria is a fingering weight yarn that is 75% superwash merino and 25% polyamide and comes in 445 yard/100g skeins. I went pattern surfing and decided I really wanted to knit a pair of socks.  Fairmount Fibers was absolutely lovely and sent me a skein in the colorway of my choice, which happened to be Turmeric.  I chose the Conwy Socks by Nancy Bush.

I was really pleased with the Alegria. It was perfect for the pattern I chose and I loved the stitch definition I got on those cables. The yarn was soft and had a really great hand. I also really enjoyed the warm color. Alegria is available in lots of great colors, and I really like their selection of semi-solid hues. I loved working with it for these socks, but I can also see myself using it for shawls or sweaters.

I only had two minor complaints about the yarn.  The first is that there was a knot in the middle of my skein. I understand that industry standard is up to two knots, so I can’t really complain about this, but I was a little disappointed anyway.   The other minor complaint is that there were a few sections of the yarn (usually less than an inch in length) where the yarn wasn’t plied as tightly and was a little fuzzier than the rest.  Overall those sections don’t really show in the finished object, which is why I consider it a minor complaint.

I found the whole process of knitting these socks very enjoyable and I ended up with really happy socks to welcome spring.

 

A special thank you to Stitchcraft Marketing and the folks at Fairmount Fibers who sent me the yarn (retail: $24.50) for free. I received no other compensation for this review. All opinions and photos are my own.

2016 Knits

As I did last year, I always like to look back at the year and see what I crafted.

This year’s official tally includes:

  • 25 hats (baby and adult included)
  • 10 pairs of socks (mostly adult, but a few for Roxy)
  • 5 baby/kid sweaters
  • 6 shawls
  • 4 cowls
  • 4 toys
  • 2 pairs of slippers
  • 3 pairs of mittens
  • 4 washcloths
  • 5 adult sweaters
  • 2 blankets
  • 1 scarf
  • 10 mug cozies

Many, but not all, of the items are pictured above. I can’t wait to see what 2017 brings!

Holiday Gift Guide: A little bit knittea.

With the Thanksgiving holiday, the season is set into full swing and Black Friday heralds the opening of shopping season. I wanted to pull together a few suggestions for the tea and knit lovers in your life.

Subscriptions

At the top of my list are subscriptions for wonderful gifts that keep on giving all year long.

For the tea lover in your life, you might consider a description to the Plum Deluxe Tea of the Month club. Club memberships are done on a quarterly basis, so you can give anywhere from 3-12 months of tea to someone special in your life. Send them one tea a month for $10 per month, or double their pleasure with 2 teas a month for $20 per month. I’m a member and have been enjoying the surprise in my mailbox each month!

For the knitter in your life there are too many options to choose from!

You could check out Yarnbox.com for a variety of knitting box subscriptions. Each month your favorite knitter will receive a box with yarn, a pattern and some fun extras at his or her door.  Boxes range from $19.95 to $69.95.  I haven’t personally tried this one, but I’ve heard good things and see beautiful items people receive!

Other reliable places I have ordered from include Simply Socks and The Loopy Ewe. Anything you can find in their clubs and kits sections is sure to delight!

Special Gifts

If you’re looking for one special gift for your special someone, advent calendars are a great idea.

I particularly love the David’s Tea Advent Calendar which is 24 days of delightful tea and can be snapped up for $40. Get this one quickly because they always sell out!

For your knitter friend check out the Opal Advent Calendar box for 24 miniskeins of colorful Opal yarn for $60. The knitter could make ornaments for his or her tree, or a wonderful pair of stripey socks!

Black Friday Tea

If you’re planning to partake in a little Black Friday shopping, I could point you in the direction of a few of my favorite black teas!

And finally a few knittea related items I have seen this season:

Starbucks Cable Knit Double Wall Traveler Mug, $19.95

Yarn Mugs from Bread and Badger, $25.00

Drink Me: Tea Forté, Sweet Orange Spice

Last week I wrote about my visit to The Perfect Blend Yarn & Tea shop in Saugerties, NY.  While there I picked up a can of Tea Forté in Sweet Orange Spice.

Sweet Orange Spice contains black tea, cinnamon, orange peels, clove buds, natural orange flavors, and natural cinnamon flavor.

I was able to purchase 2.1 oz of Sweet Orange Spice in a beautiful tin for $13.50.  It doesn’t appear that you can order from The Perfect Blend Yarn & Tea shop online, so I include a link to Tea Forté’s Sweet Orange Spice page.

When I opened the canister I could smell the cinnamon and cloves and my mouth watered. I absolutely love spicy teas! Once brewing I could smell a bit of the orange. The taste was wonderful. It was sweet, but not too sweet, and the cinnamon and cloves added a spicy undertone.  This was perfect for a chilly afternoon.

Arttea: Moving House Essentials

I saw this cute illustration on Instagram yesterday. Now if only there were a knitted sock or a garter stitch scarf in there, it would be perfect!