Friday, February 11, 2011

This one's a little accessory present for all of you!

Sweet Vermouth, available for free on Ravelry or the sidebar here (scroll down). It's quick and cozy and if you cast on today, you may even be done by Sunday.

This slipped stitch and lace motif had me hooked a few weeks back.

You may remember that I was playing with it out of my leftover Cascade 128. But as soon as I came up with the scarf pattern, I knew the old leftover yarn wasn't going to cut it. The pattern really wanted to be made out of something special, and this Blue Sky Hand Dyed Worsted IS. It was absolutely perfect for it. This color is Midnight ;-)

The dye is ever so subtly vareigated, and the alpaca gives it a gorgeous heavy drape, and the yarn is the perfect worsted-aran weight, so it's not too bulky but it makes a nice substantial scarf around your neck. Which is especially nice when all your hair is gone and it's the middle of winter. Ahem.

SO, before I move on, I want to say thanks to all of you for the crazy and overwhelming response to Mulled Cider and Irish Coffee! I can't believe that so many knitters are liking my designs and chatting in my BabyCocktails group (as of this week, there were over 600 members!!) and making my patterns. It's very humbling and also totally exciting for me!

BTW: I do appreciate all the wonderful comments here, but Blogger doesn't let me link back to many of your email addressess, so if I don't reply, know that I'm still so happy to hear from you, and I didn't write back because your link wasn't there!)

So, anyways, I'll try to keep you in the style you're becoming accustomed to - Here's the recipe for my favorite cocktail with Sweet Vermouth: (I was NOT going to try for anything dark blue)

A Manhattan

3/4 oz sweet vermouth
2.5 oz burbon
1 dash of orange bitters
1 maraschino cherry
bit of orange peel

You take the sweet vermouth, burbon and bitters and combine them with 2-3 ice cubes in a glass. Stir very gently. Place a cherry in a different, cooled cocktail glass and pour the ice and booze over the cherry. Rub the orange peel around the rim and pop it in the drink. It's a good sipping treat for a cold night.


Also in the spirit of keeping things up, here's my next Blue Sky project on the needles.
This time, it's Skinny Dyed Cotton, and it's something for SPRING.

Because it's coming eventually, right??


Carmelknits said...

I love the scarf and am excited about the spring project! The blue for the scarf is lovely and I must order some!!

Patty said...

What a day for a Manhattan! And a new scarf of course! Thanks Thea.

QuiltedSimple said...

Oh I love this! And it's perfect for these incredibly cold days we are STILL having. But yes, spring will have to come eventually

Renee said...

lovely scarf!

TheOtherSarah said...

Wow that blue is beautiful! I did that last winter - cut my hair and discovered a need for scarves ;-)

Beverly said...

I LOVE the scarf! Thanks for making it available for free.

Turtle said...

well... my crocus started bloomin this week! So yes, maybe? lol! Sorry, a few drinks into the 100 proof skinny girl margarita!

Seanna Lea said...

Ooh, I will have to suggest this scarf to knitters working on scarves for the Red Scarf project. It is nice and unisex without being boring.

Hilary said...

Well, we *did* have spring for a couple of weeks (I went out in a short sleeved shirt on Saturday), but now it's supposed to rain all week...confusing. Anyhoo, I LOVE your scarf (especially since it's cold again) and the sneak peak of your new projecT!

Tante J said...

You know, I was thinking navy would look good, I have some Malabrigo lying around somewhere, because I like the way yours looks against your coat. I have a green coat too. Then I looked at the coat again. Is it the same coat??? Is your from Old Navy???

17th stitch said...

I love the scarf and I just queued up Irish Coffee (probably to get knit in the fall) but what I'm really commenting about is the fact that you, too, have trouble getting email addresses out of the comments on Blogger! Thank you for sharing that... I've just assumed that I was a tech-idiot for the past couple years.