downton abbey kal - my project & tea!

Wednesday, January 9, 2013

Pattern: Nola Cloche by Hilary Smith Callis  Yarn: Supernova in colorway Pewter by Luna Grey Fiber Arts
it's here! our very first official downton abbey knit along post! woot woot!  i was so excited on sunday night knowing everyone was watching the season 3 premiere! our ravelry group was on fire!!!  i couldn't believe how many convos i had to read to catch up! love it!  there's something so comforting knowing we were all curled up with our tea and knitting together while watching downton abbey.  does my heart good.


i swatched my pattern choice on sunday night.  want to know which one i chose?  the nola cloche by my gorgeous friend hilary smith callis of "the yarniad".  hilary is such a sweetheart and when i saw the nola cloche pop up in my facebook feed a few months ago i knew i was making it for the downton kal.  i've always wanted a cloche and this one was a happy place for me.  two different yarn weight options - chunky, or worsted, and you can wear the hat a few ways too!  bonus is there is even a nola cloche for kids now!  hehe! can you just see me and both my girls wearing them! adorable!

the nola cloche by hilary smith callis
my yarn choice? yum!!! i'm using some gorgeous and lovely yarn from one our fab sponsors luna grey fiber arts!  she's got tons of modern and fresh yarns and her colors are just to die for!  i'm so excited to wear this yarn! it knits up so nice and i'm very happy with it!  the yarn weight is worsted and it is called supernova. it's a 100% merino in the colorway pewter.  jackie from luna grey fiber arts recently dyed a nice bundle of lovely yarns for me that i'll be showing you in a few weeks so stay tuned. they are so pretty!


now i couldn't have watched downton abbey without some tea.  i started thinking it would be fun to share our favorite tea of choice at the moment.  i'm currently obsessed and i mean obsessed with the david's tea and the flavor - cocomint cream.  delicious.  i drink at least 1 cup a day and have to monitor myself as it's a holiday flavor and when it's gone in the shops it's gone :(  wahhhhh!  i think i need to buy another tin to get me by :)  you can find all the david's teas online on their website.  so delish!  i cannot rave about this company enough.  it definitely is one of my fave new things to do in our city and it doesn't help that all of my pals and i are equally as addicted :)  yarn and tea....ahhhh the lovely little things in life :)


you can follow along with all things downton abbey knit along here:
 

i'm so excited for this kal and so happy you are all knitting along with me!  i'm so excited to show you all of our fabulous and oh so amazing sponsors for this kal! are you ready to see who they are? yay!!!!!!!!!!!! fo'reals...the prizes are drool worthy! you seriously do not want to miss this!  can you hear me squealing!!!!!!!!!!!! 


now get sippin' and get knittin'!  which project did you cast on for? what yarn are you using? is anyone else making the nola cloche? what's your fave tea of the moment? any thoughts on the new episode of downton? let's chat <3

36 comments:

  1. So lovely! I especially love the yarn. I haven't decided on my project yet.. I'm thinking a lacy baby blanket for my newest little one :) That tea sounds absolutely delicious!

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    1. That would be a gorgeous project to make! Thx for joining in!

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  2. Well I cast on for the bonnet in my set and have completed it. Plus I did go and get a new needle so I cast on for the dress last night. Sigh, I'm having way too much fun making baby things...even today I'm getting prepped for some serious baby sews :) I'm having to watch myself or I'd be buying all kinds of fabric online and in-town.

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    1. You're doing awesome! The bonnet looks gorgeous and I can't wait to see what else you whip up for the new babe <3

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    2. Thanks! I'm in full baby mode over here and totally loving it! I keep coming back to your blog to look at all those fab roundups you've done to see what else I should make :)

      Oh and I forgot to mention the tea I've been drinking, Pomegrante Black Tea, it's just in a bag but I wish I could find it loose leaf :)

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  3. Yarn and tea. The combo warms my heart.

    I cast on last night for the KAL; I am making Dragonfly Wings. It appears to be a simple but gratifying knit - just what I need as I have serious case of startitis after Christmas. SO many projects on the go. It sounds like a complaint but really, I love it. :)

    My fave tea is Vanilla Bourbon, from a local shop in my cozy city. I go through a pot a day. It hasn't occurred to me to call it an addiction, but ... I just may be! ;)

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    1. Ohhhh...Vanilla Bourbon sounds delish! YUM! And yes, it can be an addiction...but a good one..not an over the top one :) Can't wait to see your project.

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  4. I cast on for a Ripley in Aslan Trends King Llama and Silk. It feels like butta.
    I reeeeeally wanted to knit a Nola, cuz the cloche hat is my very fave style, but I am trying not to buy any patterns right now. But now that I see there is a child's version, I will most likely finish the Ripley, and make a Nola for myself and my daughters. Can't resist, and the Ripley hat is only a one-night project anyway. I've been trying to put it aside so i can make it last, but there's no reason I can't knit more than one thing for the KAL, right?

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    1. You can make as many projects as you'd like for the KAL. We already have someone done their first :) Feel free to just knit along :) And that Nola cloche is addicting. I had to force myself to go to bed last night and put it down.

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  5. Tea... mmmm... I'm a Teaopia gal and then they went and got bought. But they've carried over my White Dragon Heart tea. Pomegranate and Bamboo. Its so light and fresh!
    I have not cast on as I'm home sick and my yarn is ordered to my office. Boo. But I expect to have it by the weekend one way or another and get going on my shawl!

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    1. I had no idea they got sold. Well I'm glad they still have your fave tea! Sounds delish! Crossing my fingers for your yarn :)

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  6. As you know, I cast on your lovely pattern, The Downton Cowl. I'm loving it (and gushed a bit here: http://www.housefullofjays.com/?p=4744).

    I'm tea obsessed - my hubby and I have a cupboard full, it's awful and wonderful. My current fave is Secret Garden which is light and minty, with dried strawberry (??) bits. Mmm.

    I love the Nola Cloche! Got to add it to my faves! Thanks for hosting!!

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  7. I finally decided on the Little Colonnade...kind of obsessed with fingering and sock weight yarns at the moment.

    that cloche is just lovely! I realized sadly my face is just not suited for a cloche shape. I will just admire yours from afar!

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  8. the hat looks amazing, the tea looks amazing, i wish i could come sip some and watch Downton with you and you could teach me everything you know about knitting!!!

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  9. I'm so happy I found your blog, that is the cutest hat. I've been trying to figure out what my next project could be :-)

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  10. I have this pattern in my Ravelry library. I can't wait to knit it up!

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  11. I love the color, great choice!!! I can't wait to see the finish. I've cast on and will post pictures on my blog/ravelry soon. The first episode was so good, and I was drooling over the wedding! If only we all weren't daughters of an Earl!! I'm going to have to look up that tea!

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  12. Your yarn is so pretty - it's going to look great! I especially like it all caked up like that with the band sticking out - very cute :) Must get my hands on a yarn winder....
    Do you have milk with that tea or black? I'm a milky tea fan :) At the moment I'm hooked on Vanilla Rooibos with milk. Yum.

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    1. I drink it black but it might taste good with some?? MMmmmmm...I love Vanilla Rooibos too! You should def invest in a swift and ball winder. Best investment I made for knitting.

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  13. The pewter has a lot of depth to it. I so love gray. I could easily knit everything in gray. I haven't had tea in over a year- not sure why- but all of this tea talk has me craving some.

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    1. Yes, the pewter has a lot of depth for a grey. she does a great job.

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  14. Ahh, you picked an excellent design and I imagine the cloche is a joy to knit. I've not heard of Luna yarn before and will definitely be on the lookout for some!

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  15. That is lovely, I'm just about to start the decreases on my Escargot, loving it so far!

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  16. I was planning on doing the Nola cloche too but I didn't know which yarn to choose - thanks for the direction, you saved me so much time! I'm going to go with Luna yarn too but I think I'll do a pink/fushia colour. Can't wait to knit along!

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    1. YAY! I hope you enjoy it! And that color will be FABULOUS!

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  17. Isn't Cocomint Cream THE most amazing tea ever??? I went through tins of it over the holidays. I'm not even joking. I think I needed an intervention or something. Don't quote me, but I think they'll be keeping it in the shop for a while. If they do take it out of the stores you'll most likely be able to purchase it online. I know that's what they've done before with "seasonal" teas.

    I love that Nola hat and your colour choice! If I was a hat person (my head is too round and weirdly shaped) I would want to knit that pattern pronto!

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  18. I cannot decide on what to cast on for this KAL either, there are just so many choices. I know I want to try something a little more lacey but I am still on the hunt and I am trying to use stash yarn :S I am also in love with the cocomint tea! I blame Miso Crafty Knits since I found out about it on her blob and I just happen to have two locations here in Ottawa. I also have to go buy another tin before it is gone :(

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    1. Melissa got us all addicted here too. She's always getting me hooked on fab things :)

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  19. I'm not really a hat person (blame the hair) but THAT is an amazing hat. Can't wait to see how you get along...

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  20. Yay, my yarn arrived today - merino lace in delicious charcoal and beige for a cladonia shawl. I can't wait to cast on. I only have to quickly finish a hat (birthday present for my dad) and post it, then I'm off!
    Sadly season 3 is already finished over here, but I shall still live in the spirit while knitting! :)
    And oh, tea! I was so happy to get back to coffee (it's been a long time since pre-baby), I have ignored my teas.. must get back into that cupboard!
    Thanks for hosting - my first kal, I'm excited!

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  21. Hey Shannon! I picked up some Cocomint Cream today after seeing it on your blog and Miso Crafy's. So delicious. Thanks for the suggestion! - Dana

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    1. Yay! so glad to have played a role in addicting someone else...lol!

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  22. The hat pattern is beautiful! I have been knitting for years but I still haven't done short rows :( Unfortunately I am committed to finishing my daughter's TInyTea Leaves cardigan BEFORE winter ends. ugg

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  23. Thanks for posting about the tea. I ordered the Cocomint Cream and it is wonderful! Wish I could participate in the knit along, but elbow issues will keep me watching from the sidelines. Looks like everyone is having a great time!

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