Pints & Purls Edition 16: Henry Weinhard’s Woodland Pass IPA

This is the sixteenth in a series of installments that will highlight one of my favorite brews and which knits to go with it!  None of the breweries or yarn companies are compensating me – these are just my opinions on my personal experiences!

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Brew: Woodland Pass IPA

Brewer: Henry Weinhard’s

Malts:

Hops:

Flavors:  Very floral, clean, crisp – all the wonderful things people love about IPA’s, with sweet carmally notes.  Bold start, quick and simple finish.IMG_1374

Knit Pairings:  Big flavor with this beer calls for big knits!  And I’m not talking about a big, cumbersome project like a lace shawl that doubles as a bedspread, I’m talking about a super chunky weight cowl or hat that you can whip up in the span of a beer or two (or 6, some people drink fast!).  Make it even more bold with a doublt-take worthy neon yarn like the new Fluo and Very Berry colorways from Malabrigo.

Notes:  I *PROMISE* that I won’t keep featuring IPA’s haha, they’re typically my favorite but I know they’re not everyone’s cuppa tea (pint’a beer is more like it).  Do you have any favorites that I haven’t featured yet that you’d like to see?

Let me know what you think!  Suggestions for future beers, more/different information to include, this is a work in progress so I won’t be offended by constructive advice!

WIP Wednesday: The Sweater

My WIP in progress this week is the Miranda Sweater!

I decided to turn the disappointment from last week into this pullover vs the Aidez cardigan mostly because of gauge conflicts.  I’ll knit that Aidez someday, but right now I just don’t have the yarn for it.IMG_1357

I’m knitting the 35” size and am hoping that the ever so slightly tighter gauge that I got will even out with the ever so slightly larger size.  I still want the sweater to be able to layer over t-shirts and the like but not so baggy that it’s unflattering.  I’m also hoping that the US 8 (5mm) needles will help keep the single ply Malabrigo Worsted from pilling too quickly, but that’s something we’ll just have to wait and see I guess! IMG_1363

So far I haven’t made any mods, I’m past the short row back shaping and moving right along the shoulders hoping to divide for the sleeves very soon!

Linking up with Tami as usual!  What are you knitting this week?

Taos Wool Festival

This weekend was full of yarny adventures!IMG_1301

Saturday I went to the Taos Wool Festival for the first time and man oh man was it a blast!  Much smaller than Rhinebeck, which I attended last year, the Taos Wool Fest was the perfect size for the small, artsy, historical town.  There were plenty of vendors selling handspun and handdyed yarns, fibers in various stages of processing, tools and notions and even little furbabies! IMG_1312

There were shearing demonstrations, sock knitting machines, classes, raffles, cinnamon roasted almonds (the smell of which took over my knit-friend Andrea who disappeared then reappeared with a cone of the sweet, cinnamony goodness) and all sorts of pretty knitwear walking around to be admired, fondled and discussed. IMG_1237

My SO’s folks accompanied us (and drove…and gifted me with a gorgeous skein of yarn which I’ll get to in a minute) and his mom picked up a drop spindle and some fiber to teach herself how to spin!  This renewed my desire to pick up my own drop spindle and learn to spin better and more consistently, so hopefully the blog will feature some of that soon too!IMG_1305

Ok, so, the loot.  I only came home with one skein of yarn, can you believe that?  (I think I’ve said this before) I can’t either!  But it’s a gorgeous skein and I almost left it behind but, as previously mentioned, my SO’s momma came to the rescue and knew that if I left the skein at the booth, it wouldn’t be there when we made our second round, so she purchased it for me (such a nice nice nice lady, and I can’t thank her enough for it).  It’s a lace-weight handdyed yarn from a yarn store in Fort Collins called Your Daily Fiber.  I’ll be visiting them soon (exciting news for a future post!) and will hopefully pick up the other skein I was longing for but left behind which, lo and behold, had vanished, off to join some other crafter’s stash and not my own!IMG_1331

But look at that color ya’ll!  Isn’t it fabulous?  I know, right?  Just fantastic and totally perfect and I’m super excited to make something with it.  The process of picking what to make with it is another post entirely.IMG_1293

The day finished up with delicious pizza from Taos Outback Pizza and plenty of car-time to pet the new additions to everyone’s stash, it was a PERFECT day.  IMG_1285

Did you do anything fiber-related this weekend?

Pints & Purls Edition 15: Inversion IPA

This is the fifteenth in a series of installments that will highlight one of my favorite brews and which knits to go with it!  None of the breweries or yarn companies are compensating me – these are just my opinions on my personal experiences!

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Brew: Inversion IPA

Brewer: Deschutes Brewery

Malts: Pale, Crystal, Munich, Caramel

Hops: Millennium, Horizon, Centennial, Northern Brewer, Cascade, Citra

Flavors:  Smells creamier than it tastes – it’s a little maltier than most IPA’s but still crisp.  It’s darker than most, but bitter with a strong initial flavor.IMG_0121

Knit Pairings:  The beer doesn’t have brand new flavors that you’ve never tasted before, but it has  the tried and true in a novel collection and presentation – your knitting should reflect that!  My Vagabond’s Dream Collection is a similar set up – different yarn weights that come standard in any yarn store and a unique compilation of colors and projects to use them with all to create a wardrobe that’s as colorful and flexible as you are.

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Let me know what you think!  Suggestions for future beers, more/different information to include, this is a work in progress so I won’t be offended by constructive advice!

KAL Winners!

My Fall KAL was a lot of fun – the knitters who participated make me feel so loved and surrounded with good company, so thank you to you all!

In order to be in the running to win the KAL, FO pictures needed to be posted by last Friday night and as there were only 2 knitters who posted, I want to send them both packages!  Surprisingly, they knit the same pattern and I really love how both of them turned out.

I really like how babsknitznbitz If The Sun Refused to Shine shawl showcases a variegated yarn that she dyed herself:

rubyringz knit hers up in a similar bright color and would definitely add a cheerful element to any outfit or grey day:

I am really liking how electric colors are becoming a “thing” and a small pop of colorful accessory can really make an outfit.  Have you knit anything bright lately?  What do you think of the growing trend?

Thanks again to everyone who participated in the KAL!