2014: The Year of Learning

2013 was The Year of Progress – and a progressive year it was.

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I’ve deemed 2014 The Year of Learning because I sincerely believe that I learn something new everyday.  This year, I want to document this fact.  I’ve got a pretty notebook and colorful pens to keep track of everything I learn throughout the year and I’m excited about it!

What are you going to miss most about 2013?  What are you most looking forward to in 2014?

As Of Late

I’ve been pretty busy and trying to squeeze in some productivity here and there and just wanted to take a quick moment to make sure ya’ll had seen what I’ve been up to lately!

What have you been up to lately?  Preparing for the new year and relishing in the memories of 2013?

Pints & Purls Edition 24: Bridal Veil Rye Pale Ale

This is the twenty-fourth 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: Bridal Veil Rye Pale Ale

Brewer: Telluride Brewing Co.

Malts: German Rye

Hops: Cascade, Magnum, Chinook, CTZ, CitraIMG_2501

Flavors: Very earthy and, almost creamy.  This beer has a complex flavor profile with a tiny bit of spice at the end.  Plenty of hops but easy enough to drink so that non-IPA fans would also enjoy it.

Knit Pairings: This beer would really highlight that cold-weather knitting you’ve been up to this time of year.  Because it’s brewed in Telluride, CO at an altitude of 8750′ it’ll be a great match for hardy winter wear that’ll last a lifetime but is still pleasurable and simple to knit.

Notes:  I hope you all had a wonderful Holiday and are enjoying plenty of knitting time as well!

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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!

Family Time

This past weekend was a special one – my younger brother graduated from college and the family got together to celebrate!  (Those of you who have been reading the blog for a while might recognize the sweater my Dad is wearing)IMG_2307

I don’t get to see my grandfolks often since we live on opposite sides of the country and the older we get, the more fun we all seem to have together (and we all like beer and giving each other a hard time, what can I say).IMG_2246

I also got to spend some time with some knitting friends and we started the day with mimosas and talk of knitting and life, then hit up a yarn store and got some brews.IMG_2339

So, although I probably won’t see them for the Big Holiday next week, it was very nice to see some of my family and the travel time was good knitting time too.

WIP Wednesday: More Seekrits

Well, not seekrits, just one really.IMG_2329

This particular item is working up quite quickly and I’m totally in love with the way the stitch pattern is coming out in the yarn that would otherwise be difficult to work with.  I wish I could tell you more about it right now, but sadly you’ll have to wait for a little while!

What are you working on this week?  Linking up with Tami as always!

Pints & Purls Edition 23: Hop Ottin’ IPA

This is the twenty-third 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: Hop Ottin’ IPA

Brewer: Anderson Valley

Malts: Pale two-row, Munich, Crystal

Hops: Columbus, CascadeIMG_2165

Flavors: Pine-y and assertive, plenty of hoppy bitter and a crisp climax and finish.

Knit Pairings: Statement knitting.  Pick a statement color or a bold design, or both!  This isn’t a wall-flower beer and your knitting shouldn’t blend into the background either.

Notes:

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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!

WIP Wednesday: The Final Christmas Gift (probably)

The biggest holiday of the year (in many circles, at least) is coming up in just 2 weeks and I’m wrapping up what will hopefully (probably….maybe….) be the last gift I knit this season.  Although with two weeks left, there’s a chance that my knitter’s brain will decide that that’s clearly plenty of time to whip up something else, right?IMG_2219

My nephew received a handknit stocking for his 2nd Christmas (he was only a few weeks old for his first, I didn’t stand a chance…and no, I don’t want to hear about how I probably had a few months worth of notice prior to his arrival) and since my niece was born at the beginning of this year, she will get hers for her first go-round.IMG_2222

The first stocking for Maddox was knit cuff down and I made up the pattern along the way with plenty of colorwork ending with a pretty sizable finished stocking (more room for little gifts!).???????????????????????????????

This second stocking for Zaynah was knit from the toe up with a pattern I made up along the way and slightly less colorwork but ended up being pretty big again.

I hope they both get lots of love for years and years and years to come!

Linking up with Tami as usual!  What are you working on this week?  Are you wrapping up (or starting) anymore holiday gifts?

‘Tis the Season – for Baking!

I love cooking and I also really enjoy baking, but I find myself more drawn to baking in the colder months and although I usually start my baking season in October, this year I got a little bit of a late start (probably the move and all that ruckus…) but I’m making up for lost time!

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Two batches of delicious cookies have been baked with a third happening later this week and some apples became a delicious crisp over the weekend.IMG_2140

The crisp is so tasty and super easy to makeIMG_2157

Now if only I had some vanilla ice cream to go with it…IMG_2158

Does the cold weather or holidays bring out your baking side?  What are your holiday traditions?

FO Friday: Another Lacy Slouch

This version of the Lacy Slouch was very different than my previous versions for quite a few reasons.  I was using a lighter weight yarn and therefor went down a few needle sizes for the brim, then up a bit for the body and I had to increase the number of stitches cast on and the number of pattern repeats accordingly.IMG_2101

I love how this came out – the color of the Malabrigo Arroyo is gorgeous and this hat blocked out so well which I’m sure is because of the 100% superwash merino content.  The hat is so soft and lightweight!IMG_2099

Linking up with Tami again!  Did you finish anything this week?  Do you have any fun weekend plans?