Espresso Mug Mustache (1)

Reader Survey

I’ve been spending a lot of time at home lately, and making my share of espresso drinks. I’d like to know what readers think is the best brand of espresso beans.

My Current Brand
Currently, I use Illy brand Dark Roast. A number of folks in Italy used this brand when we were there, and we like it very much.

Recently, while in Zurich, I had a lot of Swiss “coffee,” which is just another name for espresso, and I liked it as well or better, but I don’t know any of the brand names.

Please leave a note in comments as to what you think is the best brand, and I’ll do my own taste test.

Current Knitting
With a newfound stitch pattern that works well with novelty yarns, I’ve decided to make a few novelty yarn scarves, in case I’m asked by my friend to be in another craft show.

Novelty Scarves 06-13-07

These two scarfs are made with Dune by Trendsetter. The thing I like about this stitch pattern is that it lays flat, and is the same on both sides. In addition, it knits up quickly and there are only three rows in the pattern.

I also forgot to mention that when I felted the purse to put in the Artmobile, I also felted a couple other things.

Thads Felted SlippersFelted Bowls

These are Thaddeus’ felted clog slippers that were finished a while ago, but never felted. I also experimented with making a couple of felted bowls using leftover scraps of yarn.

Readers’ Comments/Questions
Ria notes, “You must live near the best flea market in the world.”

The flea market is in Lambertville, NJ, and it is a pretty decent flea market. I was just there again today, and got some other old needlework magazines for a whopping $3.

Thanks for the suggestions on how to sell off a dead knitter’s stash. I like both of Marilyn’s suggestions about (if it ever comes back on-line) and also inventorying my stash in Access. I also quite like Karen’s idea of using as a clearinghouse for dead-knitter stash. I got a lovely e-mail from one of the gals that does this, and she was very respectful not to mention herself in comments, so as not to appear as advertising. I always appreciate that.

0 comments on “Reader Survey

  1. in looking at your picture of the felted bowls, I noticed the mosaic pieces behind them.

    lovely; are they vases or candle holders?

    did you make them?

  2. The one thing about Dune is that it makes great junky scarves. I have 3 balls in the stash somewhere.

    Thaddeus makes the best espresso I’ve ever had. So whatever he uses, if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.

    Re: the mosaic thingies–at 12, my mother insisted that I mosaic a piece of plywood that was to be used as a coffeetable in my bedroom-cum-apartment. I had a pullout couch. She was a very trendy mother, for those days. The mosaic thingies remind me of that coffeetable.

  3. I love Illy, but hate the decaf version! Starbucks (no comments, please) is pretty good, but the best I’ve had was a special blend by an old boyfriend…

    Thaddeus’ clogs look great. Did you use anything on the soles to prevent slipping?

  4. I’m a fan of Illy myself- it’s what we use in the restaurant for not only the espresso (we just have reg and decaf) but also for the coffee, and we constantly get compliments on how great the coffee is. It’s an Italian restaurant so go figure that we’d have Italian espresso. There’s a lot of different info out there, but ultimately it comes down to your preference. Love the blog, love the knitting, love the commentary… πŸ˜€

  5. We’re fans of Dean’s Beans Coffee -organic, fair trade and local to us as well as on-line to the rest of the world. I encourage you to “throw an eye.”

    I love the fact you did Thaddeus’ slippers in dark over light – interesting idea. I guess I’m too practical in putting the light over the dark when I make these.

  6. while I’m not a coffee drinker, my friends all swear by petes coffee — I have another major coffee fiend friend who loves the Nespresso “pods” and uses those religously πŸ™‚

  7. My husband is Italian and his family swears by Illy. We sometimes get Starbucks brand when the supermarket runs out of Illy, but Illy is what we prefer.

  8. My favorite espresso and coffee beans is Allegro, from Whole Foods. I’ve been drinking it since way back when they were independent and the quality is still excellent. Espresso Allegro (rich) or Organic Espresso Bel Canto (bright).

  9. Stick with the Illy until you can get the espresso from the Swiss. I personally use Stumptown Coffee because it’s local but I’ve had Illy and it’s quite tasty.

  10. Delurking to say hi. Love the scarves! A friend made me a scarf with Dune and I love mine. Is it possible to share the pattern?

    I’ve made a few felted bowls as well. They’re fun and IMO, addicting to make!


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