10 Gifts for the Coffee Drinker in Your Life

In years past, I’ve written posts about Christmas gifts for the Jane Austen lover in your life. (here and here; I’d still accept any of those gifts from anyone who is so inclined.) But this year, I’ve decided to write two gifting posts: one about gifts for the tea drinker in your life and the other for the coffee drinker in your life.

  1. The Compendious Coffee Chart: This is arty and fun. My walls are craving it.
  2. Make Coffee, Not War: Visualized Whirled Coffee Beans. That’s kind of like visualize whirled peas, right?
  3. Morning, Noon, and Night Coffee: Yum!
  4. Merlot Infused Coffee: Lo necesito.
  5. Coffee Lover Earrings: Dude, these are gorgeous, geeky, and caffeinated. I’d wear them.
  6. Coffee Skincare: You’d smell great.
  7. More coffee skincare: You’d smell like Joe. I like Joe.
  8. A pour-over mug: This would be fun and useful.
  9. A giftcard to Mystic Monk: Maybe this is just what I want?
  10. A coffee date: Grab your favorite coffee lover and take them out for coffee at your favorite coffee place. I bet they’d love you. I know I’d love someone who bought me coffee. Or someone who brought me coffee…

Instant September

I decided it would be fun to show you some of my September through the lens of my Instagram feed. (Feel free to follow me!) It isn’t a detailed commentary on my month, but it gives a fun (at least to me) view of what I’ve been doing this month.


Revisiting one of my favorite books (The Swan Thieves) yet again…I love books that are like old friends.


Start of school wish from the neighborhood elementary school


Working on pattern photos for an upcoming fall pattern release


Seriously loving this color combo #knitting #maizenblue


What the dark blue was really for…I love this project.


Baby dress in progress…the FO is gorgeous.


All done! (I get to give this to its rightful owner next Saturday. I’m so excited.)


  Finished baby dress…I love this.


Just starting my lady sunnyside…I’m really liking cables in ravine


   Comerica Park…the happiest place on earth


   Love. (Rick Porcello, my Tiger.)


  Diamonds are a girl’s best friend.


win or lose…I’ll always love you. #baseball #detroitpride #tigers


We want a (blackberry) shrubbery!


Behold a shrubbery!


Soy blackberry latte…happy Michaelmas to me!


Blocking on my bed…part of me wants to keep this.


They actually spelled my name correctly.

The Great Pumpkin Spice Latte Quest

I have gone on a quest, a noble quest, a quest to find the best pumpkin spice latte in the greater Ann Arbor area. I have traveled near and far and sampled many lattes. I love pumpkin and I love coffee and I adore their intersection-the pumpkin spice/pie latte. I love the savory taste of pumpkin and the mixture of the various spices that go into a pumpkin pie. I also find the taste of soy milk to be an excellent addition to the mix of spices.

So where did I go to become an expert on this all important matter? And which latte did I like best? Read on…

  1. Sweetwaters Coffee and Tea-This latte is the perfect mix of sweet and savory. It has a delightful spice taste to it and a nice pumpkin taste as well. I love it. This was my favorite.
  2. Starbucks-very sweet, it has a nice mix of pumpkin and spice but it’s too sweet. Pumpkin ought to be more savory.
  3. Espresso Royale-very pumpkiny tasting, not strong in the way of spice but that’s fine since the name of the latte is “pumpkin pie” and not “pumpkin spice.” Also, the sweetened condensed milk gives it a nice pumpkin pie feeling. I enjoyed this one thoroughly.
  4. Biggby-very pumpkiny tasting, but not very strong in the way of spice. It has a very nice pumpkin flavor to it that is sweet but not too sweet. But it needs more nutmeg, allspice, and cumin.
  5. Panera-very good in the spice department, but not much pumpkin; I actually had to remove my lid and check to make sure that I had a PSL and not a chai latte.
  6. Great Lakes Chocolate and Coffee-This one was the roughest to drink. The latte was very poorly mixed, which made it mostly (unflavored soy) milk for about 30%, then about 60% of pumpkin, and then 10% spice. When I told her about my quest, barista told me that she thought GLCC’s latte would be an excellent option. I would definitely choose Starbucks or Biggby over GLCC. And I would obviously choose Sweetwaters.

So, in my humble opinion, Sweetwaters has the best pumpkin latte. I plan on revisiting it at least a few more times this fall.

Disclaimer: These are just my opinions. I was not paid for them. Anyone is free to disagree with me.

A Knitting Update

In today’s post, I’m going to show off two finished objects and one work-in-progress.

We’ll start with my Afternoon Tea shawl that I finished about two weeks ago. The first picture is me wearing it Friday night after church. The second I took in the backyard this afternoon.

The second finished object is my Magrathea shawl. Magrathea is a planet mentioned in Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy. 

The shawl pattern is written entirely in charts, which was a new experience for me, but it was a good one. And the finished object is gorgeous. This afternoon, I went out for coffee with Becky and made use of her wonderful photography skills (and my awesome camera) to get a couple of modeled shots of the shawl.

And yes, I was drinking coffee while she took my picture. I was enjoying an Irish cream latte from Biggby. Let me tell you; I do love their Irish cream lattes.

When I got home, I took a picture of Magrathea and Afternoon Tea next to each other. I mentioned a few weeks ago that the two shawls are made from the same yarn (Malabrigo sock, yum!) and the same colorway (Abril) but being from different dye-lots, they are very different shades of the same colors.

I love both shawls, but the variance between them is astonishing.

And now for that WIP…I’m working on this project as a test knit, so I can’t release any details to you, but I can show you a few sneak-peaks of something gorgeous.

I’m not sure why but this reminds me of peacock feathers. And I’m very excited about it.