TDF 2017 – Part 1

Every year I take part in the Tour de Fleece.  Basically I spend 3 weeks spinning (almost exclusively) while watching the Tour de France. It has come to be a summer ritual that I love and look forward to each year.

The tour kicked off on July 1, and despite having a house full of company I dug right in.

My first spin was a braid of Hello Yarn Bluefaced Leicester (BFL) in the colorway New Summer. This was a club color way and I loved the southwestern colors.

I finished this spin on July 3, and ended up with 268 yards of a roughly sport weight yarn.

Next I selected a braid of Wooly Wonka Fibers.  This one is Superwash Merino in reds and oranges and greys.  I just loved the contrast in this braid, and the fiber was beautiful to spin.

I finished this braid on July 7, and ended up with 343 yards of heavy fingering/sport weight yarn.

My third spin is another braid of Hello Yarn fiber, in the colorway Mean Streak.  This braid was a new spinning blend for me: 65% Polwarth merino, 25% Mohair and 10% Tussah silk.  I have to say that I didn’t care for spinning the fiber, even though I love the finished yarn. I found the Mohair to be kind of sticky and it shed everywhere. The finished yarn just glows though!

I ended this spin with 404 yards of fingering weight yarn. I think this skein would make wonderful socks!

At this point we’re about halfway through the tour. I’m hoping to get another 2-3 braids spun up before the end on July 23.

All of these spins are currently available for purchase in my shop!

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 144, Just spinning.

Welcome to episode 144! Today is mostly spins because that’s what I’ve been doing for Tour de Fleece, but I’ve got a few knits in there.

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:

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.

Spinspiration: Bomb Pop

The Fiber: Falkland, handdyed by me

The Tea: Stash Tea, Fusion Red, White and Blueberry Tea

The Mug: Hand Thrown Ceramic Mug from Paw Print Pottery UK

The Yarn: Bomb Pop, available in my shop.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 143, And then there were prizes.

Welcome to episode 143! Today’s a fun one because I announce prize winners for the Sock-a-long and get started on Tour de Fleece! Some socks and other wips to show, and lots of prizes.

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: Falkland in Bomb Pop, dyed by me
  • In progress: Hello Yarn BFL in New Summer

Extras:

  • The Sock-a-long has finished! I announced prize winners on this episode and posted them in the FO thread in the group.
  • 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.

Drink Me: Tea Embassy, Secret Garden

Another tea I picked up in my last Tea Embassy order was their Secret Garden blend.

From the website, Secret Garden contains Pai Mu Tan, Darjeeling and Chinese green teas, sencha, dragonwell, gunpowder, jasmine jade pearls, candied mango bits, candied pineapple bits, orange peels, strawberry bits, red currants, sour cherry bits and apricot bits.

Secret Garden is available at $6.50 per ounce in 1oz, 2oz, 4oz, 8oz and 1lb packages.

When I first opened the package, I got the overwhelming tropical scent of the mango and pineapple. As it brewed I also detected the cherry and strawberry scents.   The tea itself was light and fruity.  The blend didn’t taste strongly of any of the actual teas: I didn’t get a black tea feel from it, and the green tea was very light and not grassy.  Overall, it was a really nice light fruity blend. I think it would be fantastic iced and I really enjoyed it.

Spinspiration: Hummingbird.

The Fiber: Blue Faced Leicester in Hummingbird via Hello Yarn.

The Infuser: Hummingbird Tea Infuser via Amazon.

The Mug: Mint Green Bird Cage via GilliattCeramics.

The Yarn: Hummingbird via The Corner of Knit & Tea.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 142, Prepping for TDF.

Welcome to episode 142! Today I have way too many WIPs and I also show you all the spins I have planned (I hope!) for TDF. Also this is the last week to enter the Sock-a-long so finish your socks and get them entered. There’s still time to joint TeamCKT for TDF – come join us!

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:

  • In progress: Falkland in Bomb Pop, dyed by me
  • On deck: 2+ lbs of fiber for TDF!

Extras:

  • This is the last week of the Sock-a-long! Be sure you get your photos in the FO thread and I’ll be doing the prize draw next weekend. Come visit the group thread for details.
  • I am once again hosting Team CKT for Tour de Fleece 2017. Come spin with us from July 2 – July 23 in celebration of the Tour de France. More details in the group thread.

Drink Me: Tea Embassy, Snow Flake

When I placed by last order with Tea Embassy, they slipped in a sample of their Snow Flake tea.

From the website, Snow Flake contains black tea, almonds and coconut rasps.

It is available in a variety of sizes: 1oz for $3.25, 2oz for $6.50, 4oz for $13.00, 8oz for $26.00 and 1lb for $52.00.

I was interested in trying this blend because there is another Snowflake tea that I’m quite fond of and I wanted to see how this one compared.  This one smelled quite good – I got a lot of coconut and almond aroma right away.  Once brewed, the tea was quite smooth with a lot of coconut flavor, but I didn’t get as much of almond flavor as I wanted. The tea was still quite good, and would be a great dessert tea.

Knittea: High Tea Collection

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.

Assam pattern by Tabetha Hedrick, available on Ravelry for $9.00 Canadian (approx. $7.04).

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.

The Corner of Knit & Tea: Episode 141, All the socks.

Welcome to episode 141! Today I have my finished Camp Loopy project to show you as well as more socks! Also some spinning and a quick discussion of the events going on in the Ravelry group.

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/Silk in Pebble
  • On deck: Falkland in Bomb Pop, dyed by me

Extras:

  • I am currently hosting a Sock KAL (knit or crochet) from May 1 to June 30. Come visit the group thread for details.
  • I am once again hosting Team CKT for Tour de Fleece 2017. Come spin with us from July 2 – July 23 in celebration of the Tour de France. More details in the group thread.