Welcome to episode 164! I didn’t get a ton of knitting done this week, but I have a few things to show you. I wish you and your loved ones happy holidays! I’ll see you next week, before the new year, with Liz as a guest.
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- In progress: Constellate by Hunter Hammersen, Bijou Basin Himalayan Summit in Turmeric
- In progress: Ten Stitch Twist by Frankie Brown, Opal Advent Calendar
- On deck: David’s Toe up Sock Recipe by David Schulz, my handspun (Christmas Eve cast-on)
- On deck: Olivia by Kim Hargreaves, Cloudborn Highland DK in Autumn Heather
- Finished: Hello Yarn, Falkland in Put Some Cream On It
- In progress: Nest Fiber Studio, Superwash Merino in Maiden’s Wish
- On deck: Spunky Eclectic, Polwarth in Snow Leopard
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 website, Christmas Cookie contains organic crystallized ginger (organic cane sugar, organic ginger), organic cinnamon, organic apple pieces, organic ginger, organic star anise, organic licorice root and organic barley malt.
It comes in a variety of sizes: 2oz for $8.95, 40z for $17.90, 8oz for $34.01, 1lb for $64.44 and 2lbs for $121.72.
When I got this one and opened the bag I was so excited because it smelled sweet and spicy. The resulting tea was good, but it lacked the spicy punch I had hoped for. I will try brewing it again stronger. It was, however, a really nice afternoon herbal tea and I enjoyed it with some lemon holiday cookies from a friend.
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.
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!
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!
- No. 5 Winter Blend from Churchmouse Yarn and Teas, 4oz for $14.00 (review here)
- Snowflake Tea from Lana’s The Little House, 4oz for $12.00 (review here)
- Downton Christmas Blend from Republic of Tea, Tin of 36 teabags for $12.00 (review here)
And finally a few knittea related items I have seen this season:
From the label this blend includes black tea, natural gingerbread flavor, cinnamon bark, orange peels and ginger root.
It is available in the following sizes: sample for $2 and 3oz for $7.
When I opened this bag I wasn’t sure what to expect. I definitely got hints of ginger and orange. Once brewed I got more of the black tea with a subtle ginger/orange aftertaste. I had been expecting more of a sweet dessert tea, but I actually really liked this one for its subtlety. A really nice afternoon drink.
From the package, Candy Cane is black tea with candy cane pieces and peppermint leaves.
It is available in a variety of sizes: sample for $2, 3oz for $7 and 1lb (16oz) for $19.
When I opened the package, this tea smelled exactly like candy canes and I could see a few hints of red pieces in the blend. Once brewed I got more of the black tea and peppermint leaf aroma. I think I might have preferred a purely peppermint tea (as opposed to the black tea blend) but it did have a nice cooling peppermint flavor.
One thing I have noticed this year is a number of new advent calendars geared towards my favorite interests!
I missed out on nabbing a David’s Tea Advent Calendar, but I am drooling over the possibilities! I must remember this for next year.
Quite a bit more pricey, but ever so incredibly lovely is the Fortnum & Mason Wooden Advent Tea Calendar.
In the yarn category, a lot of podcasters went for the Opal Advent Calendar – 24 little balls of Opal sock yarn.
Do you have an advent calendar? If so, what is yours filled with?
Last week for knit night we went to Barnes & Noble and I was pleased to see gifts for knitters and tea lovers.
When I first walked in past a display of holiday fair isle tote bags. You have your choice of a red reindeer, white with gold bow, blue snowflake or green tree. I found them on the Barnes & Noble site for $24.95, but the tags in store said $12.99 so head to your local brick and mortar store and save yourself some Christmas pennies.
Then I went upstairs to the cafe (where we meet to knit) and saw a delightful collection of holiday mugs. I particularly liked these inspired by The Grinch Who Stole Christmas (available for $12.95 a piece).
A few weeks ago I got the holiday season catalog from The Republic of Tea. I immediately ordered a Harvest Stackable tin ($13.50) and, not realizing I was already getting some, a can of the Cranberry Spice Hibiscus ($11.00).
I already know I love the Hot Apple Cider tea – I thought I had reviewed this one already, but I can’t find it so I will in the next post! I have also tried the Pumpkin Spice and liked it quite a bit. But the Cranberry Spice was new.
From the website this one contains hibiscus, cinnamon, ginger, carob bits, apple bits, sweet blackberry leaves, cardamom seeds, chicory root, pepper, cloves, cranberry bits, and star anise.
When I opened the container, I could smell the spices in the cranberry tea. Once brewed the tea was a warm red color. It wasn’t sour like I expected it might be from the cranberry and I mostly tasted the hibiscus and spices. It was a really nice warm winter tea, and I think I’ll be drinking it quite a bit. I also wonder if I could use it for a mulled wine?