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In a *#%$@ mood tonight. Was awesome earlier, then met up with someone I forgot sucks all the joy out of me (even as they make me laugh), and so this is why I’m eating 85% dark chocolate, drinking this tea, and winding a ball of really finicky, tangled, super beautiful and expensive yarn to knit my troubles away.

I like this tea, although I find I liked it more when it was still hot. Cooled, it’s a vaguely flavored rooibos; hot, it’s got a creamy lime tang to it. Cooled and sweetened? Slightly creamy, tangy lemon lime. Yes, I’ll finish this one quickly now.

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JustJames

knitting does build neural nets that help to process stress…. as does spinning.

Cavocorax

Sorry to hear that. Hope the knitting/tea/chocolate trifecta makes it all better.

I spent all evening getting 4 rows of my scarf started, only to realize I made a mistake on that last row, and then had to frog it all. :P I’m back to my 1st row at least, and willing to try sleeping with at least that satisfaction.

MissB

Oh no! I actually started this hat last night with a different yarn, but then the intended recipient shared a different color choice, so I trekked out to a new yarn store to find something suitable. They should’ve wound it for me, and yet… sigh. I’m still working on it, three hours later. Frogged what I started, too. Hopefully I can get to row #1 like you!

Veronica

Yesterday must have been a day for frogging. I had to rip back almost an entire side of the Katniss cowl because it was an inch and a half longer than my customer wanted. Argh. It’s those moments when I’m truly grateful for tea.

Amariel

One of these days I’ll learn to knit or do something crafty.

MissB

I learned to knit because frankly, I had nothing else to do at the time. Once I sat and committed to it, and realized how meditative it was for me, I was hooked. Then I started going to yarn shops… drool. I want to touch everything – and I do!

I said once to a friend of mine, “I want to play saxophone.” He replied, “If you wanted to, you’d already be doing it.” He’s right. I have yet to play saxophone, but once I got it in my mind I wanted to learn to knit… I just did it. We all make time for what’s important to us. For me, knitting is me time – crucial when you’ve got kidlets, your own business, and a wonderfully crazy life. ;)

Really though, that may sound harsh, however I mean it kindly. It’s something I ask myself now each time I say I “want” anything. Do I want it so much that I’ll take action right now? No? Okay. I’m cool with that.

Amariel

“Once I sat and committed to it, and realized how meditative it was for me, I was hooked.”

Haha was the pun intended?

Also, I totally get what you say, and for me, yes I want to learn, but clearly I have other priorities or I’d be doing it now.

JustJames

hooking is crochet.

Amariel

Darn. I got it wrong. My bad.

Cavocorax

What’s a Katniss cowl look like?

Also, speaking of hooking – I just bought the Stitch ‘n Bitch ebook for crochet because it was called the Happy Hooker. :D I’ll teach myself crochet someday, once I’m more comfortable with knitting.

MissB- I find it super relaxing as well! Well, when it’s working.

Amariel

Which is easier to learn…crochet or knitting? Clearly I know very little about either.

JustJames

Cavo…. depends on the person. i’m a master class knitter. i can do it with my eyes closed and have been designing for years. ask me to crochet and i just ask you to repeat yourself over and over and over, lol.

OMGsrsly

OMG James. We totally need to do a tea and knitting meetup in Victoria. You super busy boxing week? :) Or we could do it here and include MissB and other area Steeps.

MissB

YES!!!

Cavocorax

James – well if crochet doesn’t work out for me, I won’t be discouraged.

Also it’d be awesome if you guys met up and got crafty. I’d love to see your projects – I’m always looking for ideas.

JustJames

sounds good! i think my right hand might finally be up for it!! (it’s been 8 months). i’m working on that sweater that neo wore in the matrix… the one with all the runs. =0) not in a neutral though, screaming red…. lethal looking. =0D little old ladies look at me suspiciously at first as though i’m having them on (a punk dude with a red mohawk armed with stabby needles), then we argue about technique. life is fun.

MissB

Vic or Van, you guys let me know, and I’ll be there. :)

Veronica

Here’s a picture of the coel Jennifer Lawrence wore in the movie.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wNZqtl44F1E/Upt03DxU8dI/AAAAAAAAKAQ/dlbK3Uh033M/s1600/people-katniss2_zpsf54a57e7.jpg

Ravelry has several patterns for both knitted and crocheted versions. There are a bunch for sell on Etsy, too.

Veronica

Ha! I can’t knit to save my life. I’ve tried several times, and even taken a couple of classes. Crochet, on the other hand, I taught myself from a book, and I picked up crochet in no time. Someday I will learn to knit! :)

Cavocorax

Veronica – thanks! I never noticed it in the movie (unless it’s from the sequel). It looks very warm and cuddly, but it would take a lot of work too. Wow.

OMGsrsly

Thanks, Veronica! I had seen some versions on Ravelry, but hadn’t seen the original. A lot of the Ravelry ones I’ve seen are less casual and slouchy, more fitted. It’s neat how everyone interprets things for their own style. :)

Shmiracles

all this talk of knitting and crochet is REALLY making me consider picking it back up. something i would have never expected to think about again. yet another reason to admire tea people and this site :)

MissB

I love to knit, even when I have to rip back the entire crown of a hat because I failed to read the instructions properly. ;)

That cowl is gorgeous. Just gorgeous!

Amariel

I’ve never seen a cowl like that before.

JustJames

interesting, that’s an amended version of an infinity scarf…. one that gives an anchor.

this is the one i’m building: http://filmschoolthrucommentaries.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/color-and-the-look-of-a-film-visual-analysis/matrix-4/

but in a really vibrant cranberry. (i’m not a neutral kind of person….. i also added way more runs, lol)

Veronica

You’re welcome! It is different and much more structured than what’s been popular for the past few years, but I like how it sort of looks like armor.

OMGsrsly – I find the different interpretations utterly fascinating. This is the first trend I have followed from the beginning in a long time. From what I’ve seen the knitted ones seem to be more fitted and have the ringed neckline (which I love!). The crocheted versions seem to be looser and more casual. I’ve seen a few with a structured neck, but most seem to have a looser cowl. All the ones I’ve made have slouchy necks because they are more comfortable. :)

JustJames – Please post a picture when your sweater is finished. It sounds amazing.

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JustJames

knitting does build neural nets that help to process stress…. as does spinning.

Cavocorax

Sorry to hear that. Hope the knitting/tea/chocolate trifecta makes it all better.

I spent all evening getting 4 rows of my scarf started, only to realize I made a mistake on that last row, and then had to frog it all. :P I’m back to my 1st row at least, and willing to try sleeping with at least that satisfaction.

MissB

Oh no! I actually started this hat last night with a different yarn, but then the intended recipient shared a different color choice, so I trekked out to a new yarn store to find something suitable. They should’ve wound it for me, and yet… sigh. I’m still working on it, three hours later. Frogged what I started, too. Hopefully I can get to row #1 like you!

Veronica

Yesterday must have been a day for frogging. I had to rip back almost an entire side of the Katniss cowl because it was an inch and a half longer than my customer wanted. Argh. It’s those moments when I’m truly grateful for tea.

Amariel

One of these days I’ll learn to knit or do something crafty.

MissB

I learned to knit because frankly, I had nothing else to do at the time. Once I sat and committed to it, and realized how meditative it was for me, I was hooked. Then I started going to yarn shops… drool. I want to touch everything – and I do!

I said once to a friend of mine, “I want to play saxophone.” He replied, “If you wanted to, you’d already be doing it.” He’s right. I have yet to play saxophone, but once I got it in my mind I wanted to learn to knit… I just did it. We all make time for what’s important to us. For me, knitting is me time – crucial when you’ve got kidlets, your own business, and a wonderfully crazy life. ;)

Really though, that may sound harsh, however I mean it kindly. It’s something I ask myself now each time I say I “want” anything. Do I want it so much that I’ll take action right now? No? Okay. I’m cool with that.

Amariel

“Once I sat and committed to it, and realized how meditative it was for me, I was hooked.”

Haha was the pun intended?

Also, I totally get what you say, and for me, yes I want to learn, but clearly I have other priorities or I’d be doing it now.

JustJames

hooking is crochet.

Amariel

Darn. I got it wrong. My bad.

Cavocorax

What’s a Katniss cowl look like?

Also, speaking of hooking – I just bought the Stitch ‘n Bitch ebook for crochet because it was called the Happy Hooker. :D I’ll teach myself crochet someday, once I’m more comfortable with knitting.

MissB- I find it super relaxing as well! Well, when it’s working.

Amariel

Which is easier to learn…crochet or knitting? Clearly I know very little about either.

JustJames

Cavo…. depends on the person. i’m a master class knitter. i can do it with my eyes closed and have been designing for years. ask me to crochet and i just ask you to repeat yourself over and over and over, lol.

OMGsrsly

OMG James. We totally need to do a tea and knitting meetup in Victoria. You super busy boxing week? :) Or we could do it here and include MissB and other area Steeps.

MissB

YES!!!

Cavocorax

James – well if crochet doesn’t work out for me, I won’t be discouraged.

Also it’d be awesome if you guys met up and got crafty. I’d love to see your projects – I’m always looking for ideas.

JustJames

sounds good! i think my right hand might finally be up for it!! (it’s been 8 months). i’m working on that sweater that neo wore in the matrix… the one with all the runs. =0) not in a neutral though, screaming red…. lethal looking. =0D little old ladies look at me suspiciously at first as though i’m having them on (a punk dude with a red mohawk armed with stabby needles), then we argue about technique. life is fun.

MissB

Vic or Van, you guys let me know, and I’ll be there. :)

Veronica

Here’s a picture of the coel Jennifer Lawrence wore in the movie.

http://2.bp.blogspot.com/-wNZqtl44F1E/Upt03DxU8dI/AAAAAAAAKAQ/dlbK3Uh033M/s1600/people-katniss2_zpsf54a57e7.jpg

Ravelry has several patterns for both knitted and crocheted versions. There are a bunch for sell on Etsy, too.

Veronica

Ha! I can’t knit to save my life. I’ve tried several times, and even taken a couple of classes. Crochet, on the other hand, I taught myself from a book, and I picked up crochet in no time. Someday I will learn to knit! :)

Cavocorax

Veronica – thanks! I never noticed it in the movie (unless it’s from the sequel). It looks very warm and cuddly, but it would take a lot of work too. Wow.

OMGsrsly

Thanks, Veronica! I had seen some versions on Ravelry, but hadn’t seen the original. A lot of the Ravelry ones I’ve seen are less casual and slouchy, more fitted. It’s neat how everyone interprets things for their own style. :)

Shmiracles

all this talk of knitting and crochet is REALLY making me consider picking it back up. something i would have never expected to think about again. yet another reason to admire tea people and this site :)

MissB

I love to knit, even when I have to rip back the entire crown of a hat because I failed to read the instructions properly. ;)

That cowl is gorgeous. Just gorgeous!

Amariel

I’ve never seen a cowl like that before.

JustJames

interesting, that’s an amended version of an infinity scarf…. one that gives an anchor.

this is the one i’m building: http://filmschoolthrucommentaries.wordpress.com/2012/12/30/color-and-the-look-of-a-film-visual-analysis/matrix-4/

but in a really vibrant cranberry. (i’m not a neutral kind of person….. i also added way more runs, lol)

Veronica

You’re welcome! It is different and much more structured than what’s been popular for the past few years, but I like how it sort of looks like armor.

OMGsrsly – I find the different interpretations utterly fascinating. This is the first trend I have followed from the beginning in a long time. From what I’ve seen the knitted ones seem to be more fitted and have the ringed neckline (which I love!). The crocheted versions seem to be looser and more casual. I’ve seen a few with a structured neck, but most seem to have a looser cowl. All the ones I’ve made have slouchy necks because they are more comfortable. :)

JustJames – Please post a picture when your sweater is finished. It sounds amazing.

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Teaholic! Currently loving flavored blacks, greens, whites and rooibos blends, straight blacks and greens, and have a long-standing adoration for herbals/medicinals. Dessert teas top my list along with anything cocoa-y (like Laoshan Black, any of Verdant’s chai’s and Whispering Pines’ Mint Chocolate Chip). Missing living near a tea shoppe that offers a lot of options; other than DAVIDs a few blocks away, I’m buying most of my stuff online. Still, I have more than two cupboards devoted to tea, and a ridiculous amount of it!

In addition to loving tea, I’m a dating columnist, single mom, nerd, and avid knitter. I read way too much, type even more, and spend my ‘free’ time either running, swinging kettlebells, or hanging with friends.

I love tea swaps, and will gladly swap anything I have that I have enough of to share.

Allergies: Strawberries and all grains. I’m having a mild allergic reaction to both lavender and some roses in tea, and thus I’m avoiding these for now as well. I also avoid sugar and Splenda where possible.

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