Welcome to episode 134! Today I share my Wood Sorrel cowl, and a review of the yarn I used, Mountain Meadow Wool Alpine. I also have other WIPs to share and Ply Away is coming up.
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- Finished: My cowl, Mountain Meadow Wool Alpine DK in Moss
- In Progress: My dragon design, Cascade 220 Superwash in Turtle
- In Progress: The Avenues Socks by the Knitting Expat, Spun Right Round 80/20 Sport in The Walkers
- In progress: Combo spin – Southern Cross Fibre South African Superfine Merino in Space and Hello Yarn Rambouillet in Breathless Air.
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!
Another tea my friend Liz brought me from Tea Time Scottsdale was Raspberry Beret.
From the package, Raspberry Beret is a green tea with raspberries and pink and white cornflower blossoms.
When I opened the package, I got the undeniable aroma of raspberries. Once brewed I got more of the green tea scent. I was a little disappointed that the raspberry flavor wasn’t stronger, because I felt it competed a little bit with the green tea. That said, it was light and would probably be delicious as an iced tea during the summer months.
When I placed my last order with Churchmouse Yarns & Teas I was excited to see that they had a Steve Smith Teamaker Sampler. So far I’ve enjoyed the Steve Smith teas I have tried, but it’s always nice to get to try a bunch of teas without buying 4oz of each before you know what they taste like.
The Smith Teamaker Sampler is “a thirteen-cup tour of Steve’s best blends” and includes selections of black, green and herbal teas. I’ve already shared a few with friends, but I decided to take the rest of the pack to work and work my way through it.
The Smith Teamaker Sampler is available for $14.00.
The first tea I decided to try was the Kandy blend. This boasts a blend of Ceylon teas. This one was very mellow and smooth. It was a strong black tea without being bitter. It was a great afternoon treat.
The second tea I tried was the Mao Feng Shui green tea blend. This one can potentially “improve your outlook on life.” This one was very light and fresh. I found it a lovely start to my day.
Overall, I can highly recommend trying a sample pack. The only problem I have is deciding which ones to order again!
I decided with summer rapidly approaching (we’re already getting the humidity!) it was time to check out some iced teas. I placed an order with Republic of Tea, eager to try their Organic Strawberry Basil Green Tea blend.
From the label, Strawberry Basil contains organic green tea, organic apple, organic sweet blackberry leaves, organic basil, organic lemon balm, natural strawberry flavor and organic strawberry bits.
It is available in a tin which contains 8 pouches (to make 8 quarts of tea) for $7.99.
When I opened the tin it smelled like fresh strawberries – a scent that only grew as I brewed the tea. I added just a bit of sugar and it tastes delightful. I don’t get a lot of the basil or the lemon balm, but I do get plenty of strawberry goodness. The tea is light, fruity and a bit sweet and I think it will make a delightful addition to my summer iced tea rotation.
The holiday sampler (30ct) is available for $5.95.
Christmas Eve: Christmas Eve tea contains cinnamon, orange peel, spearmint, vanilla extract, orange oil, cinnamon and clove flavor. You can also purchase it individually in a variety of sizes. When I first opened the package I smelled both the sweet and the spicy – I could easily pick out the spearmint and the cinnamon. The taste was a little bit of everything, but the cinnamon featured the most prominently. This was a beautiful spicy holiday tea and I really enjoyed it!
Christmas Morning: Christmas Morning is a blend of black and jasmine green teas. I really like jasmine green so I was interested to see what this one would be like. I have to say that I didn’t really taste or smell the jasmine green. Mostly this was just a good black tea, which is excellent as a breakfast blend. Of the three in the holiday sampler, this was probably the least interesting to me, only because I have a wealth of good black breakfast brews.
White Christmas: White Christmas is white tea with peppermint and ginger. I didn’t taste much of the ginger, but it was a good peppermint tea. Definitely holiday themed!
Welcome to episode 56! Today I will give you a sneak peek at my shawl, along with other knits and spins. Hope you’re enjoying the changing of the seasons!
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- In Progress: Bluberry Waffle Socks by Sandy Turner, Hedgehog Fibers BFL Sock in Pistachio
- In Progress: I Heart Cables by Justyna Lorkowska, Knit Picks Swish in Gulf Stream and Canary
- Sneak peek at my new shawl!
From the website, the blend is green tea with jasmine blossoms.
The tea is available in a 4.4oz canister for $14.95.
There’s something about jasmine tea that I’ve always liked. I don’t know whether it’s the fragrance that makes me think of hot summer nights or if there’s just something exotic about it, but I really like it. When I opened the package I could immediately smell the jasmine and that stayed throughout the brewing process. The tea was a light green with that lush jasmine taste. I added a bit of sugar and it was delicious. I also think I would like it iced, though I understand that might not be for everyone.
From the website, the blend contains green tea, orange peel, cinnamon, safflower, blue mallow, sunflower petals, orange and clove flavors.
It is available in a 3.5oz canister for $9.95.
When I opened this one it smelled deliciously of cinnamon and orange. That only grew as I brewed it. The taste was spicy; cinnamon and clove intertwined. The green tea was mild, and not at all grassy. This was great hot and I think it would be wonderful iced. It also made me think of fall and holidays with the spice palate – it would be great in the winter.