Friday, February 16, 2007

It's Drinky Pooh Time

It's 3:15 in the morning and what would any knitter be doing beside knitting at this hour . . . why telling you about the fantastic goodies she received!!!!! I recently participated in a new one-time martini drink swap called of all things "The Dirty Knitter" which my good friend Brooke started (Brooke came up with the name from a martini called the Dirty Martini - which is a regular gin or vodka martini with a splash of olive juice in it . . . hey it's an acquired taste) . . .

anyhoo back to what I was originally telling you about . . . I was matched up with the very talented and funny Rachael (better known as Stash Monkey-link to her blog is on the side) and look at the goodies she sent me . . . the Cocktail Handbook (which has been a very intersting read-hey I didn't know there were that many different drinks out there) . . . the cutest little fabric bag with names and pictures of drinks all over it for storing goodies in and a hank of yummy green superwash merino yarn called "Appletini" (named after a drink called the Apple Martini - recipe I like to follow) . . . so THANK YOU! THANK YOU!! THANK YOU!!! Stash Monkey . . . I love everything!!!

now here is the Apple Martini recipe I like (BTW - try to use only the best ingredients)

Apple Martini (great with salty food)

2 ounces premium apple juice or apple cider (fresh pressed prefered) . . . 1-1/2 ounces citrus vodka . . . 1 ounce Berentzen's apple liqueur (apple brandy or apple schnapps can also be used) . . . 1 ounce green apple puree (this is optional, makes for a more robust martini) . . . splash of lemon juice and a green apple wedge for garnish . . . . . combine the apple juice, apple liqueur, apple puree and lemon juice in a cocktail shaker filled with ice and shake vigorously. . . strain into a chilled martini glass . . . garnish with an apple wedge!

BTW . . . this drink is not the neon-green drink that some bars will sell you . . . ya know the ones that look like neon-green liquid kryptonite and taste like a green-apple Jolly Rancher or liquid toothpaste . . . once you try this recipe you will taste a world of difference . . . which is why I never order this drink in a bar!

Wednesday, February 14, 2007


Dear Friends and Fellow Knitters . . .

I wish y'all a fun-filled Valentine's Day with plenty of chocolate, flowers, yarn, and whatever your heart desires.

With love,

Friday, February 02, 2007


All I can say is WOW and a big THANK YOU!!!!. . . the postman cometh with a package full of wonderful surprises from my secret pal Courtney ( . . . I had to take two pictures to be able to show you everything . . . The first picture shows you that I am now the proud owner of a Clover tapestry needle set with needles (2 of which already came bent on purpose-image not having to bend your own!) . . . #2 bamboo DPN's . . . and lots and lots of yarn - - - 2 skiens of Regia sock yarn in a blue, green & purple colorway -- 2 skiens of Peaches & Cream cotton yarn in a blue, green & white colorway -- 2 skiens of Paton's allure in maroon -- 1 skien of very soft blue Filati Mighty . . . Courtney also sent me a pattern book called "Socks" from Spin Off publications for knitters and spinners (Brooke and Heather - you may borrow it . . . for a price that is . . . how about some handspun yarn) . . . looks like I am going to be one busy busy lady!!!!

BUT WAIT --- THAT'S NOT ALL . . . Courtnery also sent me . . . . a big bar of Ghirardelli Intense Dark Espresso Escape dark chocolate (had to hide this from the hubby) . . . a box of Queen Anne milk chocolate covered strawberries . . a handpainted "love 2 knit" heart-shaped magnetic and the cutest little knitted sweater key chain (at first I thought Courtnery had knitted this herself-but then I saw the tag from Latern Moon) . . . and LAST AND MOST SPECIAL OF ALL . . . Courtnery found the time to crohet me a beautiful scraf in a blue-green-purple colorway!!!!

Now I have to admit that you other participates in SP9 had some pretty special spoilers but COURTNEY IS THE BEST!!!!! . . . I love everything she has sent me and Courtney if you want to continue to spoil me I will let you!!!!! . . . and if you have a chance checkout her blog!

Oh yes . . . here is one more picture . . . the first thing I unpacked from Courtney's package was the beautiful scraf and my cat Chloe (better known as "dishrag") loves it also!!!!

THANK YOU again Courtney . . . you are the best!!!!!