chai.

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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16 comments

  1. What a luscious looking cowl that is. In your first picture I can almost feel how soft that lovely thing is. ;^)

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  2. Beautiful knitting.
    I am a huge chai fan and drink at least one cup daily. Like you I am heavy on the ginger, but I do like my sweetened with a little raw honey along with almond milk.

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  3. I love all things Indian too! Have you seen a movie called The Lunch Box? It is fabulous. I loved Monsoon Wedding too. The knitting is just gorgeous - so pretty!

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  4. Really beautiful projects. I love that soft pink, it's one of my favorite colors to knit. I love chai too and I have been looking for a good recipe to try making it myself at home, thanks for the link!

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  5. Your cowl is so beautiful. I love the color you chose for your Swedish Spring, too! Looks like it will go with any outfit.

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  6. That's such a lovely wool you have used for your cowl. I've never tried chai but I just might as I am rather patial to spicey drinks.

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  7. That color is one of my favorites. It reminds me of the milkweed blossoms.

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  8. Your cowl is lovely. I love the shade of pink.

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  9. I love chai! And your pink cowl rocks. Soft and delicate. Great shade.

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  10. oooh, I am totally swooning over your cowl, it's so beautiful!! And I love chai as well, especially blends with a pronounced cardamom flavour. yum.

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  11. what an incredibly beautiful (treat for the eyes) and (treat for the senses) calming blog post. Loving the colours you've chosen for both these projects. Yes, I knew that about chai and tend to chuckle (quietly and to myself) when people say "chai tea" knowing that chai means tea. Cute :-) I love the series of photos where you're making your own chai with fresh ginger, cardamon, anise seed and so on. Mmmm.

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  12. Your Passages cowl is absolutely beautiful. The color and the yarn seem perfect for the design :)

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  13. Beautiful knits beautifully executed ... the pink yarn you've used for the cowl is absolutely gorgeous.

    Do you know I've never even thought of making my own chai, how daft am I!

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  14. i prefer home brewed chai but there are a few pre-mades that are yummy at a pnch.

    and ALWAYS vanilla! lol yes yes

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  15. I love the fact that the after effect of brewing this tea is your hous being filled with delightful aroma. Definitely will give it a go. Thanks for sharing the recipe.

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