cozy knits and hints of winter

Its been silent here for awhile. I've been here, quietly knitting and embroidering away. 
Can you believe its October already.. I had my first pumpkin spice latte to welcome the new month. 
The days are slightly shorter and now the breeze is slightly cooler in the evening.
I long for crisp cooler weather and changing leaves...
When the weather finally turns in favor of the autumn loving souls, I have a few warm knits that I've finished in the past couple months, that will keep me cozy.
I couldn't resist trying out a new yarn by Miss Babs called Killington.
I chose a simple pattern and cast on. 
This was the result, drapey, lovely and huge. I can wrap myself around with this shawl and curl up to read a book. My favorite kind of day, all day. 
If you're looking for something new to read, I've finished reading these books here, here, and highly recommend this book here.

Not quit as big but just squishy and warm is this shawl, more of a shawlette. Great for walks in the neighbourhood with my dogs in the evenings. I really love Cormo wool. Its really an amazing yarn. 

I also test knit the Meristem mittens quite awhile back and I turned them into fingerless mittens. I love how they turned out. The stitch pattern is really pretty!

Lately though, I have not only had yarn on my needles. I've been doing a lot of embroidery & cross stitching as well. It's been so amazing that through instagram I have been able to share these with whom I consider to be far away friends. I started working on some winter inspired hoops and hope to sell these to you. 
It feels a little to soon to post about these on instagram but thought I would share some of my works in progress. If anyone of you is interested please feel free to get in touch. 
These would look lovely on your wall for the holidays and I'll be working up a few in smaller sizes that would be great as ornaments or even gifts. 

But enough about winter, there's still plenty of time for that.. 
future knitting plans include knitting a pair of socks with one of my favorite yarns, in the color kelp, finishing some custom embroideries and I am absolutely excited because my brother is coming to visit me in about a week!  



I have two things off the needles right now. 
My passages cowl in the very pretty Gregoria Fibers. I just love how light and airy it turned out. 
I can't wait to put this on. The color is so beautiful and it has a hint of halo thanks to the alpaca.
The second is my Swedish Spring

I cast this on a whim after I received my very lovely quince yarn in their new colors. 
This was a very easy pattern to follow, it was charted which I love and literally flew off the needles. 
Of course I had other projects that needed attending too but once I started knitting this I hardly stopped at all. Just needs to be blocked.. maybe when I'm done with my tea. 
what goes best with knitting, why tea of course. I am a herbal tisane addict but I do love my chai. 
tea tea otherwise known as chai tea…
did you know that? chai is the hindi word for tea so everytime we say chai tea we're really just saying tea tea.. its the little things amuse me!
It's no secret that I love coffee and have a deep love affair with tea. I love chai and so does my hubby. 
Every chai available at the grocery stores is different though, some use fennel, some are heavy on the pepper. The Oprah chai from teavana is pretty good. 
Awhile back I decided to make my own homemade brew, I found this recipe.
 I use it as sort of a formula since I've modified mine to suit my tastes, I like my chai heavy on the fresh ginger and cinnamon, no sweetener, darjeeling loose leaf and almond milk instead. 
I've even infused my spice jar with vanilla pods. YUM! 
One of the best things about chai and making your own at home is the scent. Evokes all things autumn and cozy! I make enough to store in a little mason jar and use a couple of tsp as needed. 
I encourage you all to give it a try. Your home will smell spicy and sweet and your tastebuds will thank you. 
Along with my love of chai, I do like a lot of things that come from India. I love their food and some of the movies! If you do too, you might like giving these a try if you haven't already,

Amazing movie, Monsoon Wedding
Another must watch movie, Water
Beautiful photography and all about chai, Chaiwallahs of India
Great documentary series, The Story Of India
Another good documentary series which is very recent, India's Frontier Railways
Really good food blog, Indian Simmer
funny, sweet and very charming tv show, The Indian Doctor

While tea and knitting go well together, so do tea & reading.. 
right now I have "The Forest Unseen" on my nightstand and I'm enjoying it!

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