Tuesday, October 16, 2007

It's that time of year when every weekend there's a new activity - the leaves are turning, the weather has begun to feel like fall and there's so many amazing things to do in New England. We're taking full advantage. Last weekend it was King Richard's Faire (which we remember from San Francisco as the Renaissance Festival) Sooooo much fun. Shows, shopping, snacks, activities and weird costumes.

Bonus for the grownups - it's got booze. And the big bonus is that you can WANDER THE FAIR, BEER (champagne, mead, or wine) IN HAND! And just look at the pretty carts you get to buy it at. The whole fair is in the woods, no coke logos, merchandising tie ins or anything. A nice break from the cheesy age of commercialism & advertising.
(although I am aware it pays the bills around here..)

(maybe that pilgrim guy should lay off the sauce?)

It's hilarious with all the crazy costumes and the grownups acting like they live in 15th Century England. Princesses, knights, peasants, etc. A buzz is a good thing. Especially when you run into stuff like this.

It's a giant stuffed one eye tongue monster. He spoke and moved. The girls loved him. Zoe was more partial to a red troll with a giant hammer who eluded my camera. Maya, always the ham, dressed the part.

It's a great day for everyone - if you haven't gone, check it out next year. Honestly, I'm surprised there isn't a knitting contingent there in the little shops - it's just begging for a spinner selling her wares.... wheels, yarn, etc. Would be very appropriate. I saw lots of handknits in the crowd so I know the Knitters are There.

And speaking of spun wares, my NH S&W yarn was too busy for Veronik Avery's Obi. Couldn't see the cables and lace through all these colors. So, I guess I'm jumping on the Clapotis bandwagon. This part is a little underwhelming, but soon I start dropping stitches. I've seen what all yours look like, so I'm keeping the faith and stifling a yawn for now.

Instead, I'm using Obi as an excuse to knit with this shade of Cascade heathers that I've always wanted to use. I love it - it's a light green with hints of light blue and yellow in it. Midwinter, it might make me look like Death with my pasty white skin and the deep dull undyed blond hair I usually sport as we hit January, but on the needles, it sure is purty.

One more thing to show here --- I am apparently unable to walk away from the design bug all together. This here's destined to be a Jackie O-esque cardigan. I'm playing with seed stitch and a gorgeous Rowan Yorkshire Aran in Plum. It'll be a while before I write this baby up, but it might be done in a week or so - all I have left are the two fronts!

That's about it for now, but as long as I've got you reading (or IF I've got you reading), you deserve a fall cocktail!

Now that the leaves are changing and we're downing our share of cider donuts, there's nothing like an Apple Pie. I'm making these later this afternoon for a friend who's stopping by.

My Version
warm cider
light rum
allspice - a pinch
nutmeg - a pinch
lemon - a couple of squirts
and a teensy pour of Grand Marniner

Mr Boston's Version
light rum 3/4 oz
sweet vermouth 3/4 oz
apple brandy 1 tsp
Grenadine 1/2 tsp
lemon juice 1 tsp

Mr. Boston is so much more specific, but he does get paid to be.

oooo crap. phone just rang. I'm apparently too busy looking up cocktail recipes to remember it's an early dismissal day! confused child in the playground, bad mom on the blog. Must go before DSS beats me to the punch. (no pun intended)


Carol said...

I'm glad we got the cocktail recipe. I love yours better than Mr. Boston.

Keep faith with the Clapotis. It does get better once you start dropping the stitches.

Knittypants said...

The fair looks like fun, I wonder if I can find something like that around here. The cocktails look yummy, too.

Batty said...

Wow, you have been busy! And that cocktail sounds great. Yum!