A Country Boy & his Bandana

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I finally made it to my first Thirsty Thursday post!!!! When I was coming up with an idea for my blog, I wanted to mix in my love of beer with my love of knitting. At first thought, this could be very dangerous. I know that I have dropped a stitch or miscounted for a pattern after a few beers. Thankfully, the mishaps aren’t too big and I can fix them without too much stress.

This brings me to the post. I wanted to highlight some of the small, local breweries I visited and pair them with a pattern or yarn or both. In an ideal world, I would have this project in progress, but we all know that since I’ve got a few too many things on the needles and others jockeying for an opportunity to be cast on, I’m not sure it would be in the best interest of my sanity to actually cast these things on.

Remember back to when Jordan and I went to the Kentucky Sheep and Fiber Fest? Well to balance out the overwhelmingly yarny afternoon, we visited Country Boy Brewing in Lexington, Kentucky. We stopped by their taproom located at 436 Chair Avenue in Lexington.

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Here’s what the website says about their taproom and I’m not sure I can say it better:
          “Country Boy Brewing and Taproom is located near the University of Kentucky and is only a short 10 minute walk from the world-famous Rupp Arena. The Taproom features 24 taps, with always at least half of the list made up of beers brewed on site. The rest of the taps are featured great guest beers from across the nation. No food is served in the taproom, but often food trucks can be found in the lot out front. Of course, you are welcome to bring any food in the taproom with you, or order it and have it delivered while you enjoy several cold ones on site.The taproom is inviting and comfortable–So why not come in, grab a beer, and stay a while. You’ll be glad you did.”

There was a food truck outside the taproom, but we weren’t hungry. Instead we just had beer. Here is a look at their tap list while we were there:

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There were 2 boards flanking the bar, but I only got 1 good picture. Jordan and I tried 2 different beers each while we were there. I really enjoyed the Ghost (in the foreground). It’s a German Gose style beer. Here’s what the brewery has to say about it:

     “A Wheat beer brewed with Sea Salt and Coriander, Ghost is Country Boy’s take on the classic German Gose. Slightly tart and extremely refreshing, this beer has a habit of vanishing into thin air…”

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I like the Ghost. It was easy to drink and quite smooth. I didn’t think the “tart” factor was overpowering but certainly refreshing as a wheat beer is on a warm day.

In the background is Cliff Jumper IPA that Jordan ordered. It had a delicious hoppy bite with a pungent aroma. A wonderful IPA if you like that sort of thing which we do 🙂 If you come across their beers wherever you are, it’s certainly worth a try and a great way to support a local brewery.

In the spirit of Country Boy, I propose a knit bandana. In the spirit of beer, how about a simple knit bandana. I’ve had my eye on this pattern for the Bandana Cowl from the Purl Bee.

I love that Erin, the pattern author, suggests several different yarns to use for this cowl right on the pattern page! The pattern looks easy and since it’s knit on US size 10 needles. There is some counting on the short rows. And I love that the Swan’s Island Bulky this is knit in is only 130-yards. Makes me feel like I may have something in my stash to make this or an excuse to buy more (which is completely contrary to my last post)!!

Another idea would be this Springtime Bandana also from the Purl Bee. It looks light and airy, perfect for summer. The pattern seems less complicated but does involve holding 2 yarns together.

Finally, there is this beauty that is way more complicated, but fits the bill for a cool bandana. It’s the Houndstooth Bandana from O-Wool designed by Jocelyn J. Tunney. It’s a paid pattern located at O-Wool.com. I love the colors and the houndstooth colorwork. I would definitely not undertake this while enjoying alcoholic beverages as it may result in a completely new pattern. You should visit the site. She’s got some beautiful yarns and patterns. Thank you Ravelry for enabling me to find more designers and yarn companies with each search .

Maybe in the next few months I can cast on one of these, but for now, I need to stick to knitting down my current WIPs.

I try to stick to plain old garter or stockinette when I’m in need of a brainless moment. Right now, my brainless, no look knit is this baby blanket for my future neice. It’s coming along and I’ve made it to a color change!!!!

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What is your favorite simple knit to work on while you aren’t necessarily paying attention, enjoying a delicious adult beverage, or just need a brainless knit to keep your fingers busy?

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v’s & bumps,

Jenna

PS. Sis & Brother wanted to say HI!!

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Liebster Award!!

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Britney over at Bapsicrafts nominated me for a Liebster Award. Yay! Thank you!! I figured since it was a Free-For-All Friday, now would be a good time to get this post out there. Here is how it works:

Rules:
1. Post 11 random facts about myself
2. Answer 11 questions the awarding blogger has asked
3. Nominate 11 blogs with less than 200 followers, add their links to this post,
and let them know that they have been nominated
4. Create 11 questions the nominated blogs have to answer

11 Random Facts:

1.Since middle school, I’ve kept a handwritten journal and still do to this day. There is something so satisfying about filling a blank, lined page with writing in a heavy black ink. I can really only write in black ink, something about blue makes my skin crawl. I think its the blue ink next to the blue lines on the paper.
2. I have a fear of bending back my finger & toe nails and therefore keep them super short. I don’t even like to see the white endings.
3. I ❤ tie-dye.
4. Wearing mascara makes my eyelashes hurt. I can only ever wear if for maybe an evening, but by the end of it, my eyes are begging me to take it off.
5. My feet determine my body temperature. If my feet are hot, I am hot. If my feet are cold, I put on some hand knit socks 🙂
6. Brother & Sister cat were not originally named Brother & Sister. When I got them, I was living with a roommate from Hawaii and was inspired to name them something Hawaiian: Kai & Malu. I didn’t use those names very much and they answered to Brother or Big Man & Sister or Sis or Sissy, so their names were unofficially changed.
7. I organize my hanging clothes in my closet by sleeve-length.
8. I do not tolerate strong smells. It doesn’t matter if the smell is good or bad, if I can get away from it or neutralize it, I will. Otherwise, I get head ache that makes my teeth and my nose hurt. I even go as far as to not wearing perfume myself.
9. I do wear sunscreen everyday 🙂
10. In my book, cheese goes with almost anything. Strangest cheese mash-up: apple slices on ritz crackers with peanut butter and slices of cheddar cheese.
11. I cannot handle chalk. I cannot handle people writing on a chalkboard near me, and forget about me having to write on a chalkboard. I don’t even like to touch chalk. It’s another one of those situations that  make my teeth hurt.

Bapsicrafts’ questions for nominated blogs
Where has most of your yarn been purchased? I think most of my yarn has been purchased at McNeedles yarn shop in Lacombe, Louisiana. I have had the pleasure of traveling a lot to see friends and coach volleyball, so I try to make a stop at a LYS when I’m out of town. This also helps to enhance the stash with treasures from all over the country.
Do you have a favorite knitting designer? Who are they? I have knit things from all sorts of designers, but I tend to go back to the Purl Soho’s website the Purl Bee most often. I love Laura’s Loop & Whit Knits. I think I’ve knit the most things from there. I love that their designs are usually simple and timeless.
Where do you like to knit the most? I like to knit the most in group settings. I’ve found some neat groups in here in Louisville that meet up regularly. There is just something about “stitchin’ & bitchin” with a group of people. I usually end up knitting on my couch with my kitties and my husband.
What is your current favorite song? Jason Aldean’s “When She Says Baby” I just love a good country song, especially since Summer is coming.
What was the best adventure you’ve ever had? I would have to say my favorite adventure was the week of my wedding. I was able to start the week off with my best girl friends on the beach for my bachelorette party end end the week married to my best friend.
What type of knitting/crochet project have you queued or faved the most on Ravelry? Neckwear: cowls and scarves.
If you could only read one book or book series for the rest of your life, which would you choose? I don’t think I can pick a book or series, but I can pick an author: Tamora Pierce. Yes, it’s YA but it’s so well written about strong female characters with a little magic mixed in.
What is the strangest place you’ve crafted? I have knitted in a number of places and I try to always keep my knitting with me. I got some very strange looks when I took it to a bar to watch a football game and have drinks/dinner with my husband. I’ve also taken it on school field trips to museums and once to a Ice Hockey game.
Are you an early-bird or a night-owl? Something in between? I’m naturally an early bird and once I’m up, I’m up and ready to go. I can sleep in though if I stay up late enough doing some crazy project or going out with friends.
What is one post on your blog that you think everyone should read? My very first post on this blog. That way you know what I’m about 🙂
Recommend your favorite restaurant or cafe in your town! My very favorite meal is breakfast (maybe a characteristic of the early bird) and here in Louisville, Kentucky I love going to Wild Eggs…there are so many delicious options like the Surfer Girl omelette with cream cheese, avocado, pico de gallo, and alfalfa sprouts to their delicious french toast made with sourdough bread. MMMMMMMMmmmmmm not to mention the grits of the day and their fresh squeezed orange juice.

The 11 nominated blogs

1. Amanda at Amanda’sCraftStories
2. Holly at Sillylittlelady’s Space
3. Kristie at North of 49
4. Meg at Knit+Frills+Food=Love
5. Bonnie at Windy Wonderings
6. Steph at Woolythyme

Yeah, I know that’s 6, but everyone else is already nominated on other blogs or has too many followers 🙂

Here are my 11 questions
What is the best name you’ve ever given to someone, something: like a pet or a child or a project
Are you right or left handed? Do you wish it were the opposite?
If you could have a superpower, what would it be?
What is your favorite junk food or dessert or treat?
What is the most frequent color you craft with?
If there were only one fiber or fiber blend you had to use the rest of your life, what would it be?
Do you prefer cold weather or hot weather?
Do you block your finished projects?
Do you plan out your blogposts in advance?
What is one life skill you wish you were better at?
What inspired you to start a blog?

Whew! That was hard work! and very word heavy. 🙂 Have a fantastic weekend, I’ll see you Sunday for a Stash Dive!!!

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v’s & bumps,

Jenna

PS. As a reward for making it to the end, here is a lovely shot of my darlings:
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5KCBWDay3: Adventures with my Little Green Elph

Today’s topic for the 5th Annual Knitting and Crocheting Blog Week is Photography. Eskimimi challenges bloggers to take a look at their photos and experiment a little.

I decided to take a look at my very basic photographs of my projects. So I’m starting with my most recent finished project for my friend Leigh: Her GREEN scarf 🙂

Generally, I take pictures like this in progress:

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I put my darling project on a black background (sweet futon) during daylight hours. Maybe a finished one looks like this:

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A close of up the stitches:

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Maybe a “creative” shot:

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So with this week underway, and the need to document my finished projects, I decided to try a model for my work. The only problem is that my husband was at work and the only other living things here to be tortured photographed were my kitties. Brother sits the stillest, so he was draped and pictured:

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That’s my adventure 🙂

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v’s & bumps,

Jenna

PS. The Green Elph is my Canon PowerShot SD1200 IS Digital Elph in a nice lime green. I’ve had it for quite a few years and it’s not fancy, but it does take nice pictures.