lately, tea and crochet

Every year when Autumn turns up, I get the urge to a) bake things b) wear pyjamas A LOT c) drink lots of tea d) craft an almost obsessive amount and e) read. Although I’m definitely a Summer-lover, there’s something about colder weather that just makes me feel a bit excited – knitwear, beautiful landscapes, soups and stews, a good book, some decent TV (hello, Downton, Monroe and Walking Dead) and all the festivities of Autumn and Winter.

Tea plays a big part in the colder months in our house – the Husband is bordering on obsessed with spiced tea, I like a good old fashioned builders brew, every now and then I’ll dabble in different herbal teas, and we’ve got an ace pot for loose tea. Behold, our (almost out of control) tea collection:

In an attempt to use up some of our tea bags, I had a go at making a tea loaf – my Mum had picked up a recipe card from good old Waitrose the other day, and hers turned out pretty well so I thought I’d have a go. Basically, its like a cross between a fruit cake and a fruit loaf – a bit spicy, full of fruit and perfect with a cuppa in the afternoon. Yum.

Disclosure: I wasn’t paid to write this post, but the lovely people at Twinings did send me some ace tea.


  1. Lou Archell
    October 29, 2012 / 8:00 pm

    I have that top jumper – I feel like I'm a 1940's landgirl in it! OOO tea now your talking. My other half works for Canton Tea, I am very lucky to get some super tea come my way.xx

    • Vicky
      October 30, 2012 / 12:44 pm

      It's ace isn't it – I usually wear it with a newton stripe underneath. Got to love a clashing pattern! X

  2. my little red suitcase
    October 29, 2012 / 8:11 pm

    lovely things in your pictures and the cake looks good. I had to laugh at your fruit bowl, lots of fruit there! all good, Heather x

    • Vicky
      October 30, 2012 / 12:46 pm

      Thank you! Haha, yes I made the cake the day after we did our food shopping, so everything was nicely topped up! X

  3. Karen
    October 29, 2012 / 8:14 pm

    I love that jumper too and you have some good looking crochet going on! I am strictly a coffee girl first thing but love a cup of tea later in the day. Clipper is one of my favourite brands, their sleepy time tea is gorgeous. X

    • Vicky
      October 30, 2012 / 12:52 pm

      Thank you! I do have a coffee a day as well, I need it with two kiddos to chase after, haha. I've never tried the sleepy time tea, I'll add it to next weeks shopping list! X

  4. sittinginthekitchensink
    October 29, 2012 / 9:25 pm

    Your pile of tea looks similar to the wobbly stack of tea boxes in the cupboard in my kitchen! Liking the look of that tea loaf, might have to have a go at that. Adore the colour of your current crochet project, what are you making?x

    • Vicky
      October 30, 2012 / 12:41 pm

      Always glad to meet another tea connoisseur! It's going to be a cowl for a Christmas present – I've got a long list of things to make this year! X

  5. zehra
    October 30, 2012 / 7:53 am

    Yes, yes, yes, I love autumn for all that you mentioned. It's like a fresh start! Unfortunately, this pregnancy has turned me off tea 🙁 but I did have a Bengal Spice tea which you might like! Happy Autumn!

    • Vicky
      October 30, 2012 / 12:56 pm

      Gah, rubbish, I had the same problem – it was a fine day when both my babies were born and I could get back to tea drinking again! The Bengal Spice sounds ace – its just not Winter without lovely spicy tea! X

  6. LandGirl1980
    October 30, 2012 / 12:50 pm

    How can we have the exact same crochet hooks – and yet I cannot get past learning to do a single row and you are making such beautious things!Huff.

    • Vicky
      October 30, 2012 / 1:03 pm

      To be honest I didn't learn with those ones, I found them quite difficult for some reason – have you tried the normal grey aluminium ones that come from Hobbycraft? X

  7. kerrylouisebaldwin
    October 31, 2012 / 12:20 pm

    Aww this is looovely! Makes me want to stick the kettle on (and bake a cake!)

  8. KatGotTheCream
    November 2, 2012 / 6:34 pm

    I have jumper envy!!!What a lovely snuggly post.

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