Sunday, July 18, 2010

Boozy Refreshment for the Pregnant

I always thought that if I had to choose a season of the year in which to be free from all the charming eating and drinking restrictions of modern day pregnancy it would be Christmas; Christmas with the port, and the sherry and the cool glass of Christmas day fizz, and the stilton, oh the stilton.

Now I think I've changed my mind - you can recreate some cocktails sans kick, but if anyone knows of a way to make virgin Pimms (that's more than a glass of lemonade with a few strawberries in it), please let me know; it's definitely Pimms season and I'd love a glass, almost as much as I want a large slice of brie on fresh crusty bread.

Still, enough complaining, I wouldn't swap the little bear for the world, let alone a brie sandwich with Pimms on the side, however often he or she decides that I really really need to hear the dawn chorus. At 5am.  And I have found a summer tipple substitute - summer tipple yarn:
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The latest Tour de Fleece offering, another Purldrop Studios mini batt in Blue Martini.
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Ice blue to Midnight blue with plenty of sparkle and all the colours of hazy summer sky in between.
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I spun it up from light to dark working in strips down the batt at something a smidgen thicker than I spin a sock yarn, and when that was done I navajo plied the bobbin to preserve the colour changes.

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It's the first time I've used navajo plying for a whole skein, rather than just using up the ends of bobbins and I think it's very effective on colour changes, I just need to remember to relax and let my fingers do their work without over thinking the process.

The one thing I haven't worked out is quite how to pause mid plying but happily I didn't have to move and got the whole thing finished in one fell swoop.

Finished result: 162 yards of sock weight ish merino/firestar that has a calling to be a hat.

In the meantime, well it wouldn't be me if I didn't go for the obvious cheesy shot would it?
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It's the nearest I've got to a Martini glass!


  1. What you need is a Pussyfoot Mocktail.

    They are delicious and very pretty.

    1/2 oz Grenadine syrup
    2 oz Pineapple Juice
    2 oz Orange Juice
    2 oz Grapefruit Juice.

    Serve over ice, add slices of fruit and a sprig of fresh mint, slip off your sling backs and enjoy.

  2. I got by on a mixture of blood orange juice (both for the taste and the colour) and cranberry juice. You could add lemonade for the fizz although it has a tendency to bring the orange bits to the top which is not particularly appealing.

    I'll sample a Pimms tonight to see if I can think what I'd make one from. The things I do for you..

    The yarn looks very icy, just what you want on a hot day (school sports day = burnt nose)


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