Monday, January 04, 2010

With #1, a happy child.

Does she look sick to you? Yeah, not so much, huh? She missed school today. Woke up with a myriad of complaints and a bloody nose (poor thing) on top of it. And then.... she was just fine. Could it be the Magic Scarf ?

That leads me to #2, a brand new free pattern on Ravelry,

And #3, a drink. (more on that below)

The scarf is based on something we saw in a catalog before the holidays. It was so simple and easy to figure out that I just couldn't put down the $50 for it. Besides, it didn't come in this fabulous jade green that Maya loves so much.

So I picked up two skeins of Cascade, ripped the page out of the catalog and did a little fast math. Spent some time knitting it over the holidays, as it's a great pattern to pay only half attention to. And? Ta da. I'm calling it Maya's Midori, due to the amazing color of both the yarn and the booze - and the fact that she likes the way the the Midori smells.

(Is it wrong that she knows how the Midori smells?) It does smell good.

The pattern is written for an adult size, although I knit if for her. I just knit a few inches less to make up for the fact that she's about 4 feet 10 inches tall.

Which gives me enough leftover to play with hat ideas. And we have a few.


As for the drink, it's hard to make Midori anything but Way Too Sweet. Unless you add a lot of lime juice. So I did.

Maya's Midori
(Is it also bad to name a drink after your kid?)

1 part Midori
2 parts white rum
1 part lime juice
2 parts soda water or seltzer

Shake up in a jigger and pour. Add a cherry.


As for all the other thoughts on starting 2010 right, I've been working on them, and for once I really do have a plan. I figure you care about the part that's related to the knitting.

I've created an office upstairs to organize all my fibery endeavors, and I'm about to realistically go through what's left of my stash for what I will and will not ever use. I've already organized all my books and magazines, my notions and my pattern notes. I even put up a bulletin board and created a flowchart for the future "pipeline" of patterns underway. The calculator will live upstairs.

And then, (as you can see) I'm about to become a perfectionist (stop laughing).


At Home Mommy Knits said...

Love the scarf and 'not' sick child. Everyone needs a mental healthy day right :)

The drink sounds delicious so cheers to your new workspace!

yoel said...

Ha to naming a drink after one's child, esp with Midori, the gateway liquor. :) Love the scarf!

Anonymous said...

Pretty scarf! Drink sounds wonderful, writing that one down...

Laurie said...

Like it, and your pattern. (Of course I do.) And yes, I am laughing about the perfectionist. Y'know how long it lasts? (Never mind. You don't have to recreate my sorry wheel.)

Holli said...

LOVE the pattern and the fact that you didn't drop $50 for the original (that certainly wasn't nearly a nice/cool). And the drink sounds fabulous. Lime makes me very happy.

I'm excited about your office-fibery-space organization! I love stuff like that. You're gonna enjoy a place to be creative all by yourself. 2010 IS off to a good start!

Carol said...

Pretty! This would make a great Red Scarf project for next year.

Kathleen said...

Cute scarf (and model). I just bought a cork board at IKEA yesterday to put up next to my desk (no office, just a corner of the living/dining room). Time to get organizized :)

Kathy said...

Oh, I'm excited to see what you dream up in your newly organized space!!! Love the scarf! I'm sure I have something in my stash that will work!!

Hilary said...

The scarf is adorable. Who the heck wants to shell out $50 for something you could make (much better) yourself, in a (surely) much nicer fiber??

Re: the Midori...if it makes you feel any better, my grandma once made some fancy dessert that involved pouring a bunch of Midori over shaved ice or something for the adults after Christmas dinner. And my aunt fed, like, half of hers to my 5 month old baby cousin. Granted, my aunt is from Spain and I know it's more common over there for kids to drink a bit with their parents....but 5 months may have been a little young.

Kym said...

My daughter worships at the altar of J.Crew. Wait'll she sees this! :-)

Cyndi said...

Great scarf for such a pretty daughter! Isn't it great to have made a $50. scarf for the price of two skeins of Cascade?

Batty said...

That scarf came out great! And I remember the teen-age nosebleeds. No fun at all. Would come on for no reason whatsoever, mostly in the middle of the night. I hope she gets over them soon.

Patty said...

The scarf is great and Maya is adorable. Must be something in the air - I organized patterns over the weekend as well. Happy New Year!

Siga said...

Great scarf! So cheers to that, I won't be able to get me any Midori fixed right now, but good old wine will do it. :)

Jillian said...

The scarf looks great! Thanks for your nice comment on my blog!

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Rhonda Boocock said...

The free pattern is no longer available. I love this scarf and wondered how I could get the pattern. There is no link on Ravelry.

Rhonda Boocock said...

The free pattern is no longer available. I love this scarf and wondered how I could get the pattern. There is no link on Ravelry.