My first experience with gourmet tea preparation was at Ming Tao Xuen, a charming tea salon just across the street from the Notre Dame Cathedral in Montreal.
You'd think with all the knitting I do, I wouldn't be seeking serenity. Now that my Mathematix pattern is up, though, I've had to answer questions and check charts. Since I hate to find that I have made errors or let errors slip by me, my serenity is in short supply. I'm knitting a second version now and double-checking everything I can.
I had to pull yarn from my stash for this one and ended up choosing a color combination very similar to the original. I guess that was a safe approach, but I prefer to think it just proves how much I like these colors. The blue is a lace-weight alpaca that I'm double stranding for the slip stitch portion. The brown, or taupe, is a natural Wensleydale longwool from the Sheep Shop. It's fingering weight and is heathered with bits of blue in it. The alpaca has bits of brown it it. I love them together and can't wait to see what blocking will do. I am halfway through the slip stitch portion, so even with pauses to write charts and post about problems and questions, I'm sure I'll finish it by the end of this month. I don't need another shawl just the same as the first one, but it will make a nice sample.
There are so many videos, websites, etc., on Yixing teapots, one that shows how fine tea pots ring like bells, one that shows master potters making tiny teapots by hand, and dozens of them showing different ways to make tea. Since I know so little about it, I'll stop with just these two that best illustrate the point of this post.