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After spending a lovely afternoon yesterday at a yacht club having lunch on the water, I was snapped back to reality with business calls and appointments.
I scurried home to prep food for the 6th game of the World Series. Then it was off to a friend’s home to watch the game. The Giants lost miserably…and now the finale is tonight. I’m thinking that I need to open a big bottle of wine for this!
A friend gently admonished me for apparently omitting the “knitting” lately from my wineknitter blog. Guilty as charged. I’ve been so caught up in trying to finish a design and layout for my next project that I have been remiss in talking about knitting at all!
So, here is a beautiful shawl that I designed and put together not too long ago. Just by adding these beautiful wooden beads from Africa around the edging of the shawl, I have given it added texture and dimension. Think about embellishing your next knitting project to give it a whole new look!
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Okay…back to work. Make sure to watch baseball tonight!
I finally chose a yarn for my knitting project. It will be quite simple but elegant. This is the yarn that I intend to use. It is Kid Mohair, nylon, a touch of polyester and made in Italy. I love the shimmer in it! I may add more texture or adornments as I progress. As for what I am making…well…you will see!
Yesterday was a flurry of activity. Ran to the “big Apple” for a few hours and then back home for afternoon appointments. In other words, a non stop day. I was in dire need of “me” time.
My eyes were half-mast by early evening, but felt the need to take a “taste” of port before retiring for the evening. It was 1992 Fonseca Vintage Porto that I reviewed on 7/15/14 “Day 36”. Check it out! It was the perfect nightcap.
Another busy day ahead. Hurry up weekend!!
I hope that everyone is having a fun weekend! It certainly has been a busy one for me so far. I think it’s time to put my foot on the brake and chill today.
I finally made a decision as to which yarn I’m going to use for my knitting project. It’s a beautiful blend of Merino Wool, Alpaca and Silk. It’s hand painted from Peru and I love the variegated colors. It should be a fun yarn to work with.
Speaking of blends…
I shared a bottle of 2010 Antiyal Kuyen from Chile last evening. It is a blend of 57% Syrah, 28% Cabernet Sauvignon, 13% Carmenere and 2% Petit Verdot. It had intense aromas of berries, mango and spice. I found the palate to be less flavorful than my nose anticipated. However, soft tanins, fruity undertones, a touch of spice and earthiness, made this a very drinkable wine. I give it a thumbs up!
The yarn finally arrived. Now I have to decide which one I’m going to use for my next project. They each have a unique texture that will determine the outcome of the cowl. Hmmm….
My nieces came for a pool visit today and we sat like princess under the umbrellas and swam leisurely throughout the day.
After they left, I washed many beach towels…and got ready for round two of the day/evening. Wine is chilling and I’m going to take a quick nap.
What will you be drinking tonight to start off the weekend?
After a productive day yesterday and a few pats on the back for my newest art wear creation, I went out to dinner and dined under the stars. It was a great evening for being outdoors.
We shared an incredible bottle of 2001 Balbas Gran Reserva Ribera del Duero
This incredible wine is 90% Tempranillo and 10% Cabernet Sauvignon. The color was deep ruby and packed with fruity aromas. This spicy red had flavors of dark cherry, licorice and pepper, with an undertone of black raspberry. Soft tannins and a long finish made this wine delicious and noteworthy!
Now I have to sketch my next knitting project.
Hooray! I finally finished the Infinity Cowl. And the bonus being that my wrist is still attached to my arm!
I made it long so that it can be wrapped around the neck twice if desired. I used several textures to make it pop. If you zoom in, you can see the metallic running through it. It is a perfect autumn cowl that will carry me right through winter. I’m keeping this one! Not for sale!
On another note, I would like to share some thoughts on a bottle of Encantado Reserve Cabernet Sauvignon 2011 that I had a week ago.
The color was deep garnet with flavors of black cherry, spice and a touch of oak. Soft tannins and a long finish made this a treat to drink.
After casting on 200 stitches for my new project and knitting several rows (you do the math), I realized that I was knitting instead of purling and vice versa.
Keep in mind that my wrist is still mending, and was already beyond throbbing.
So, I did what I had to do. I ripped it apart and began all over again. I have taken one step forward and two steps back. So, I’m not going to show you my progress until tomorrow.
I lost momentum this morning with my knitting project and then had a lukewarm day at work. So, it was a welcome sight when I arrived at my friend’s home and was handed an ice cold Grey Goose on the rocks before I even got my foot over the threshold. I so enjoy hanging out with my good friends...laughing and celebrating life!
It’s a miracle! I have started knitting again!
Albeit, I can only do it for about 20 minutes at a time, before my wrist begins to hurt.
I spent the morning designing a pattern for an Infinity Cowl. What should be a quick project of about 2 hours will most likely turn into stretching over several days. I’m okay with that, as long as I can knit again.
I chose a beautiful Italian yarn with variegated colors running through it. I’ll be working on circular needles
Since I wanted to keep the Italian theme going, I toasted my new project with a glass of 2009 La Castellina Chianti Classico Tommaso Bojola. My nose was filled with the aromas of cherry and raspberry. I tasted spice, licorice and berries. It was a satisfying and long finish.
Hopefully, my project will have an inch or two added to it by tomorrow.
A few days ago I was sitting with a pile of yarn, contemplating my next project.
It was also cocktail hour, so I decided to open a bottle of Famille Ligneres 2005 las vals that had been sitting in my refrigerator since the beginning of summer.
This delightful wine is made from 80% Roussanne, 10% Grenache gris and 10% Vermentino. It had a yellow to gold color with a soft aroma of peaches and a light floral essence. I tasted apricots, spices and a hint of honey. Check out their website and story at http://www.familleligneres.com/story.html.
Although I never did decide what texture or color yarn I wanted to use, I did enjoy my cocktail hour!
Since it is a rainy day I decided to go through my liquor cabinet to hopefully organize it more ergonomically…if that’s even possible! While sorting through bottles of spirits and wines that haven’t been touched in years, I stumbled across a bottle of Cherry Heering.
When is the last time you used this liqueur? And what do you really know about it? I confess that I was a little intrigued, so I did some research.
This remarkable liqueur created by Peter Heering has been produced in Denmark since 1818. And, the best part is that it is ALL NATURAL! Cherry Heering is made by soaking lightly crushed Danish cherries and a blend of spices in neutral grain spirits. It is then cask-matured for up to five years adding sugar during the aging process. It is a deep ruby color and actually tastes good…no candy or cough drop flavor that one expects from a cherry liqueur. See more at http://www.cherryheering.com/
Try pouring a little Cherry Heering over ice cream for a change of pace!
If you have any mixology drinks or other recipes that you would like to share that incorporates Cherry Heering, please do.