Pints & Purls Edition 28:

This is the twenty-eigth 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: Rocky Mountain IPA

Brewer: Fort Collins Brewery

Malts:

Hops:

IBU: 81

ABV: 6.2%IMG_2789

Flavors: Whew! This beer has some awesome spicy flavor and bitterness with a sweet undertone that hop-fanatics (like myself) appreciate.  This is a dry hopped beer and the citrus notes are very apparent in the scent and initial flavor.  With a bittery finish, the mouthfeel lingers and you can’t just have one sip.

Knit Pairings: I recommend knitting something with tang while drinking this beer.  Because the taste is so abundant but keeps you going back for more, I think a great lace pattern with shorter repeats would be perfect!  You can work out a fiddley repeat while soaking up the taste of the sip you just had and by the end of it (and hypothetically during a moment of “down time” while you prepare for the next repeat), you can sip the beer and basically double-fist one awesome, complex project for another.

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: More Purple

So over the past week I’ve made some fun progress on the purple top that has finally been put on Ravelry and that means I can link to it too!IMG_2791

It’s going to be the Bailiwick Pullover by Courtney Spainhower in the Spring issue of Interweave Knits.

I’ve finished the front and am starting to work on the back, then they’ll be joined to work in the round for the body. IMG_2794

The orange sweater may be taking a backseat to this one…..but we won’t tell her that.  The Bailiwick is just a tad easier to follow when I’m doing other things like Skyping with distant friends or watching TV so it sees more action.  But never fear! I still love the orange yarn and the pattern and hope to have the sweater done by spring (which seems a long way off with below 0 degree F temps and all the snow we’ve gotten this week).

What are you working on lately?

Weekend Hike

The weather this past weekend was gorgeous for mid-January and so I made sure to take Miss Lisa and my camera out to enjoy it.IMG_2635

We took a little hike to Horsetooth Falls – evidently a must if you’re going to live in this area (and I am).  It was a short little thing but the heavy amounts of slush and mud made it a little slower going, plenty of slipping, sliding and ninja-esque acrobatics to keep myself and the camera out of the mud.IMG_2686

This time of year, the falls were little more than a trickle but it was still a pretty thing to see and we thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.IMG_2718

I highly recommend that you guys all get as much outside-time as you can whenever you can, the constant cold and grey of winter can wear on you and I’ve been feeling the affects of it for a little while. The days are getting longer and eventually warm weather will be here more consistently, but until then, I’ll take whatever I can get!IMG_2614

Have you been on any fun adventures lately?

Pints & Purls Edition 27: Lasso

This is the twenty-seventh 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: Lasso

Brewer: Great Divide

Malts:

Hops: Columbus, Centennial, Cascade

IBU: 50

ABV: 5%IMG_2761

Flavors: Lots of flavor in this bottle, a sweet bitterness that starts out floral and ends citrus-y.  Heavier than the light IPAs and lighter than the heavy IPAs, it’s got a lengthy finish of hoppy bitter.

Knit Pairings:  This isn’t a mild beer and you shouldn’t be knitting a mild project!  No garter stitch scarves here, I recommend pairing this brew with something more complex and in the “Wild West” spirit this brew boasts – a bandana-shaped shawlette or even a cowboy hat (seriously, you can totally do that).

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: Two Tops

Happy Wednesday!  I don’t know about the rest of you folks, but the 3-day weekend that Martin Luther King Jr Day provided was much needed on my part and I feel much better this week than last week – energetic and rejuvenated!IMG_2602

I had to put my personal knitting on hold for a few days last week while I finished up some work projects that you guys can’t see yet, but now that they’re done I can get back to selfish projects!IMG_2600

I’m still working on that orange cardigan and the lacy bits are coming along nicely.IMG_2596

I also started another top for myself that I will share more about in a future post but let’s just say that this yarn – Serena by Manos del Uruguay – is Fan.Tas.Tic. It’s so soft and pleasurable to work with and the color (Boysenberry) is a great choice to match the 2014 Color of The Year: Radiant Orchid.IMG_2593

What are you working on this week?  Got any personal projects in the queue?

FO Friday: Mom’s Clapotis Cowl

So there was that seekrit project floating around before the holidays, remember?IMG_2111

I finished it in time but the recipient, for various reasons, didn’t get it until recently and now that she has, I can share with you all what it was!IMG_2110

I made my momma a circle-scarf based on the Clapotis pattern out of Lisa Souza Sock! in the Mardi Gras colorway.  This was a super special project for me for a multitude of reasons

  1. She ordered this yarn when we were at Stitches South in 2011 on a mom-daughter trip.
  2. She originally wanted to use it to make the Clapotis but decided to give me both skeins to make her a Citron with, that only took one of the skeins the other has been waiting patiently for me to knit it up since then.
  3. I didn’t want to knit it into anything for myself, it’s her yarn and she deserved it!
  4. On a recent mom-daughter outing, we saw a lot of these circle-scarves in stores and she was interested in and curious about them.

Cue the light-bulb moment!IMG_2115

I would make her a cowl like these ones we’d seen in the Clapotis pattern out of the yarn she’d originally intended for said Clapotis!IMG_2121

Obviously, there were a few mods, I didn’t make it nearly as wide as the original pattern and I made it a bit longer so that I could sew the ends together and she can wrap it around her neck a few times but not so long that she can’t wear it singled.IMG_2124

Have you done any gift-knitting recaps yet?

Pints & Purls Edition 26: Hazed & Infused

This is the twenty-sixth 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: Hazed & Infused

Brewer: Boulder Beer Company

Malts:

Hops: Crystal, Centennial

IBU: 38

ABV: 4.85%IMG_0679

Flavors: This brew has a unique, citrus-y, floral flavor – almost like a tree…kind of. It’s got a great, strong foundation but an easy, smooth feel and is easy to drink

Knit Pairings:  This isn’t the hoppiest or spiciest of brews and so I would recommend pairing it with a project that has a tiny bit of interest but not too much – no all-over cables, no two-sided lace, maybe a tiny cable turn swathed in a simple textural background.

Notes: This is another one of those summer beers that I felt the need to interject into our cold and windy winter.

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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!

New Pattern: Sailor Stripe

I’m pleased to finally announce that a shawl pattern I’ve designed for Universal Yarns has been released as part of an ebook named Contrarian Shawls, it’s also available individually.IMG_1040

Sailor Stripe is an interesting shawl that gave me the run-around during the design phase but we came to an agreement after a few arm-wrestling matches.IMG_1046

The first part, the red block, is knit with gradual increases and a chevron lace border, then stitches are picked up and knit on the bias for the larger, tan block with bright pops of red periodically thrown in as it decreases to the point.IMG_1055

I think the interesting shape of this shawl/scarf is going to lend itself to a really unique look and the color combination options are endless!IMG_1043What colors would you make it out of?

 

FO Friday: Molly

I never said 2014 was going to be The Year of Monogamy and it certainly isn’t starting out that way.  After I had to put my lace lace-weight sweater on hold until I could find more needles, I cast on for a different project.  I wanted to have something that was quick, easy but not too easy, and used a yarn in my stash I’ve been wanting to use for some time.

I landed on making my mustard Shepherd’s Wool into a Molly hat and I swear to you people, this is the perfect knitting marriage.IMG_20140108_075054_702

This yarn has just the right body and elasticity to carry off the Molly texture and I think everything about it is perfect.  The yarn feels like butter (not the greasy kind, the really rich, velvety kind) and the stitch definition looks fan-fucking-tastic, dontcha think?IMG_20140108_075059_880

It’s been difficult to get good photos this winter, as I’m sure you’re all experiencing as well, please excuse the sub-par quality of these!

Linking up with Tami! Have you finished anything in 2014 yet?

Pints & Purls Edition 25: Sunshine Wheat

 

This is the twenty-fifth 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: Sunshine Wheat

Brewer: New Belgium

Malts: Pale, Carapils, Wheat

Hops: Target

IBU: 14

ABV: 4.8%IMG_9953

Flavors: This is light, citrus-y spiced beer with a crisp feel.  It’s not a watered-down wheat, it’s got plenty of flavor and a tiny bit of hoppiness.

Knit Pairings: My biased opinion thinks that you should be knitting the Sweet Summer Rays since I was knitting it the last time I was drinking this brew and it’s a perfect bring-along project since it’s light and portable – like the beer.

Notes:  I thought we needed a bit of warm sunshine this week, winter is great but I’m glad it’s not all year long!  Also, starting with this post I’m going to start including the IBU and ABV information on the beers, what do you think?

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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!