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.

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Episode 154: Knitting is dangerous.

Welcome to episode 154! I injured myself while knitting this week, but seem to be surviving. I finished the cowl out of Alegria Grande and loved the yarn. Also more finishes and WIPs, both knits and spins!

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  • Finished: Frabjous Fibers Opulence in Brooklyn
  • In progress: Southern Cross Fibre 50/50 SASF/Mulberry Stripe in You’re a Wonder!
  • On deck: Falkland in Hydrangea (dyed by me)

 

Episode 153: All the shawls on my mind.

Welcome to episode 153! This week I have a few FO’s, some WIPs and spins. I’m starting to think about all the shawls I want to knit too! Fall is almost here.

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Drink Me: T2, Creme Brulee

About a month ago I read Stefanie’s post about T2 and decided that I needed to give it a try. For my first order, I selected two teas to try.  Today’s tea is Creme Brulee.

From the website, Creme Brulee contains Black tea, natural and artificial flavor, and hazelnut praline (sugar, hazelnuts).

It is available in a variety of sizes: 100g/3.5oz for $13.00 and 250g/8.8oz for $31.00.

When I opened the package, the warm smell of caramel was the first thing I noticed. The tea brewed up smooth with a sweet finish. I got bits of caramel and vanilla. This one was a nice dessert tea, but I also enjoyed it at breakfast sometimes as well.

Episode 152: They’ll find me under the fiber.

Welcome to episode 152! This week was super productive so I have lots of knits to show you, and more fall knits to talk about. I also have some spins. I’m trying to spin and keep up with all the fiber in the craft room. I’m afraid they’ll find me trapped/buried under fiber one day.

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  • Republic of Tea, Ginger Peach Chocolate

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Episode 151: Eclipse Knitting

Welcome to episode 151! This week has been rife with natural events including the eclipse on Monday and the hurricane down in Texas this weekend. I got a lot of knitting done during the eclipse and have lots to show you. And my thoughts are with those in the path of the hurricane and flooding.

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Sweater Weather

Each year, sometime in August, the switch flips and all I can think about is knitting warm, cozy fall sweaters.  A few weekends ago we had a weird weekend; the weather got down into the 60’s and it was rainy and the world smelled like fall.  It has since gotten warmer again, but that was it for me. I started thinking about all the sweaters.

The first sweater I’m eager to knit is with a gorgeous speckled sportweight yarn. I actually used the same yarn and colorway previously when I knit some socks. It was when I knit those that I decided I had to have a sweater in the gorgeous colorway.  The yarn is Spun Right Round Sport Sock 80/20 Superwash Merino and Nylon in the colorway The Walkers.

It took me a bit to find a pattern that would show off the yarn to it’s finest, and I think I’ve settled on a plain pullover: Verve Pullover by Mary Annarella.

Verve Pullover pattern by Mary Annarella, Available on Ravelry for $7.00.

I also have a gorgeous sweater quantity of The Ross Farm Shetland Sport weight 3-ply from Heliotrope, one of the sheep in their flock. It is a gorgeous surprisingly-soft natural colored yarn that I bought this past year at Ply Away.

I have been browsing sweaters and I think I might end up knitting the Assam Cardigan by Tabetha Hedrick.

Assam Cardigan pattern by Tabetha Hedrick, available on Ravelry for $9.00 CAD.

The final sweater I’m sort of dying to knit is one I don’t have yarn for so I need to knit at least one more out of stash before I’ll let myself buy yarn for it.  The sweater is the Veronika Cardigan by Shannon Stacey.  Even though it isn’t really what I’d consider “my style” I just love it and it looks so cozy for winter.

Veronika Cardigan pattern by Shannon Stacey, available on Ravelry for $6.95.

I’m tempted to copy Tracie’s gorgeous Veronika and order some Barrett Company Wool to try!

What sweaters or other items are you contemplating for fall?

Episode 150, Monogamous Crafting

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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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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