Love is in the air

Love is in the air

This weekend, the ultimate of Hallmark Holidays is upon us. But, don’t let that damper your enthusiasm for spending quality time with the one you love. These roses which Steve got for me last week are still in perfect condition, which absolutely surprises me. Once again, Trader Joe’s for the win!
Hope your weekend is overflowing with love!
When the hour for happy is finally here

When the hour for happy is finally here

Some months ago, we picked up a bottle of Wigle Hopped Whiskey, I liked it a lot. Steve liked it, but not as much as I did. Well – paired with Quince & Apple’s Rhubarb Hops syrup it made a wicked Hopped Manhattan. And, Steve liked it just as much as I did! The mild sweetness from the Rhubarb pairs nicely with the slightly bitter hops. If you are a beer lover, this is the Manhattan for you!
Happy Weekend, Gentle Reader, let’s get it started on the right foot!
Hopped Manhattan
Makes 2 drinks
2 ounces Crown Royal
2 ounces Sweet Vermouth
Add all ingredients to shaker filled with ice. Stir to combine. Strain into glasses and serve with a cherry.
Hello Monday

Hello Monday

We survived the weekend and did manage to get a little bit more snow than they expected here in the South Hills of Pittsburgh, but all in all it was good. We got some much-needed painting done but, alas, that does not mean it is all done. Nope, more yet to do – sadly. However, the dining room is looking fab!

Also, weaving continues here at Casa del KatKnits and with some improvement. I have been working on keeping even selvedges and to beating the cloth evenly. There is a fine line between cloth that is too loose and cloth that is too tight, somewhere between is what weavers call “balanced weave.” I am learning and that is a good thing.

I am still using the same warp from before Christmas which has now provided 2 scarves and one Moebius cowl and I still have a good bit of warp still on the loom which I am going to use some vintage BMFA Socks That Rock – Colorway: Médecins Sans Frontières

I did get some advice from my Fiber Guru on how best to secure the edges before fulling the fabric and I will stitch it today and get it in the washer.

There was also some knitting over the weekend, specifically on the mystery socks – I have completed clue two on sock one and started on the second sock. I love the pattern on the leg, and I am excited to see where this goes with this week’s clue!

Monday has been fairly painless here and I am not sure what that means for the remainder of the week, but I hope it is the harbinger of things to come!

The View From Here

The View From Here

Nothing is more beautiful than the loveliness of the woods before sunrise. ~ George Washington Carver

No woods here, but sunrise through the droplets of water was particularly beautiful today, as was the garden wearing strings of water pearls…
May your weekend be filled with simple beauty, Gentle Reader.
On the Monday before Christmas

On the Monday before Christmas

Monday’s arrival was inevitable despite a weekend of fun that included seeing the new Star Wars movie (which, by the way, was fantastic), mailing packages off to the kids for Christmas, doing a bit of shopping, and warping my loom for a new weaving project.

The weekend also included some delicious Roasted Poblano Corn Chowder. So good and easy, made even better by the use of ingredients I preserved!

My list for today includes things from the mundane task of laundry to the making a new (and exotic) chicken recipe for dinner, with a bit of weaving and some knitting thrown in for good measure.

Hope your Monday is painless!

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