This is what happens…


when you knit for the wrong reasons. I was more concerned with racking up Ravelympics projects than what I was actually making and who it was for. I’m still not sure where I went wrong.

Pattern: Tamarind cowl
Yarn: Ancient Cascade 220
Needles: size 7’s
To the frog pond.

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Golden Peach Tea

My Tea Swap partner was extremely generous in making her package(s) for me. She has provided me with several teas that I have never tasted and some that I have never even seen before. I have always been interested in the medicinal qualities of tea. My maternal grandma has been a tea drinker for as long as I can remember. She was the first person I knew who drank loose tea and she was always trying to make us drink ones that tasted bad to help with whatever ailed us. It has been my goal for a while to try to incorporate more teas in my repertoire and to use some of those “nasty” good for you teas when feeling out of sorts.

Of the many teas my partner sent I am going to try

St. Dalfour’s Golden Peach Tea first.The packet states that the tea is 100% pure and natural certified organic tea. My body may not know how to react to it 😀

I’m off to enjoy a cup now and will continue this post when I’m done.

Well, this tea lives up to its reputation. The flavor is so delicate and subtle and yet bold enough to stand on its own. It’s an odd, but pleasing combination. I almost always add milk to my tea, I resisted with this one so that I could taste its true flavor. Also, I ruined some teas by adding milk and I was little worried about wasting the only bag I had. 

I’m glad caution won out this time. The tea is yummy just the way it is. As predicted, I will now be on the hunt for a local supplier of St. Dalfour tea! Although I could always order those Harmony Guides I’ve been wanting from Amazon and add in a few boxes to my order for good measure 🙂

Easy Peasy

I’ve finished one project for each of my events already!! Meeting even the most trivial of goals is a great feeling! The following were are knit from Debbie Bliss Merino Aran. 

The Hat Dash (size 7 needles)

Brooklyn Piksi

The Cowl Jump (size 9 {top half} and 10.5 {bottom half})

Feather and Fan Cowl

The Amigurumi-n-toy Toss (size G hook, wings knit flat)

Black Beak the Bird

Black Beak the bird says see ya’ with more FO’s soon 😀

Lets get ready to RUMBLE!

I’ve got books

Current book selection 

a fancy new mug full of tea

Fancy new mug
 
and all this stash that hope to finally be knit up!

Ravelympics yarn

 

ETA: I was reminded of something while over at Through the Loops. This years Olympic games (the non-knitting one :D) has a blemish. Like Kirsten, I never get into politics or religion on my blog but, I support everyone’s right to freedom I would like to state for the record that I believe:

               “None of us are free until ALL of us are free”

Pomo Golightly has posted a contest for those that would like to show their support by adding this sentiment to their blog. She also links to this organization for those who would like more information on ways to help.

Back to our regularly scheduled blogging.

My kind of athleticism

I have the lest hand-eye-foot coordination of anyone that I know. Seriously, I can’t even dance. But I can knit. So the Ravelympics is my kind of athletic event!

I’ll be reppin’ for Team Brooklyn and Team Twilight. I have set myself a personal challenge to knit as many hats, cowls and toys as I can during those 17 days.

First up, the Piksi hat, which I can only hope will look as cute me on as it does on its, very stylish, namesake.

Second, this Feather and Fan cowl.

Third, a little frog for the kiddies to fight over.

Fourth, a crochet cowl. I like to keep it interesting 🙂

The fifth project, the Capitan hat, presents an actual challenge for me, cables. I still cannot get the hang of cabling without a cable needle and using one seriously slows me down.

If I get past the Capitan, I’ll jump into hats for the boys, another cowl and another toy to fight over. Although to be honest, where fights are concerned, the girl wonder twin nearly always wins. 

There are more waiting in the queue too. A lace tam, to be knit out of the most lovely Noro Cash Iroha. One of Lolly‘s cowls, a really warm work hat for the husband, and two of Brooklyntweed’s hats. It’s a lot to fit in considering that I still have a baby project to knit before the 17th. Heh…if it was easy, it wouldn’t be a challenge.

Cause I felt like blogging

I sometimes plan posts in my head for days and then when I sit down to write I have too much to say for one post. Well to hell with that. I don’t have much of anything to say right now, but I’m gonna say it anyway. So…today I ventured out in the sweltering heat to mail off my

Tea Wallet Swap package.For a Tea Wallet swap on Ravelry

Along with the tea wallet I included a little travel place mat, a skein of yarn (obv. not shown) and a lined Moleskine with some hand drawing on the cover. I’m only a so-so drawer, but my sister is a fantastic artist. I admire her visual talent and she admires my way with words ;0) One of these days we’ll team up to try take over the world! Imagine that said in my best Brain voice.

While out, I stopped by our local tattoo parlor for some price estimates. I want three more tattoos. Today I inquired about two of them. I want the word “Write” on the inside of my right wrist, and my school motto (and all around good motto) “Nil sine magno labore” across my shoulder. It says “Nothing without great effort” in latin.

Lets see… What else. Today I will also start working on my Zine for the Zine swap organized by NikkiShell of Mixtape Zine. I’m still deciding between two ideas. I’m very excited by the prospect of getting feedback from the other swap participants. I’ve actually been wanting to put some of my short stories out there to get some opinions. This is a good way to start. Well… that’s all for now.

Excellent Etsy Shops

In this post I briefly discussed what I would do I if were a billionaire. Well, after reading  many responses to this meme on other blogs, my list expanded greatly. One more thing that I can add for certain, lots and lots of shopping on Etsy! I would sit and order absolutely everything from every shop in my favorites.

It would be brilliant :0)

I’ve shown you buttons I’ve purchased from etsy before, which ironically are the only new buttons I’ve gotten around to using. So when I found myself in need of new blue buttons I headed straight there. So, I was lurking around, trying to find something suitable for Lush and Lacy, the Super Girl blue edition when I stumbled across these

 Hello lovelies :)

Photo and buttons from Kallie Design

Never mind the fact that these are not really a match for that particular shade of blue. I had to have them.

These however, are a much more suitable choice and equally beautiful to boot*.

 

Photo and buttons from Button Farm

Later that evening while knitting, and feeling really pleased with my purchases, I became annoyed with my split stitch markers. The working yarn kept getting caught in them. Given that I was working with a very splitty yarn this was particularly annoying. I headed back to etsy and found exactly what I was looking for (how often does that happen?)! After a funny little exchange with the shop owner I received these beauties in my mailbox. I may never use another type of stitch marker again. 

 

Photo and buttons from Suann Stitches

* I can’t use common phrases around Missy. She needs solid definitions for what things mean. So answering her questions with things like “I guess so” only leads to a lengthy discussion of exactly what I mean by that.