Not much has changed in my knitting situation since Monday’s sock-filled post, but I have made progress on the second leg of my Tropical Travelers and put a bit more time into the Fiasco’s neglected pair.
I’m now up to the heel flap and will get to it when I have time to focus/remember what I did the first time (siiiiiiigh). I also spent a happy evening last night plying up most of the rest of the 17 oz of Ashland Bay Falkland wool that I’ve been spinning on my Lendrum.After 1.5 hours of plying I was just too sleepy to finish, so hopefully I’ll be able to squeeze in some time to finish the last bobbin’s worth tonight. I’m be excited to get something with some color on the wheel! Can I just say how amused I am that the @hotdudesreading Instagram account is a thing? Go check it out… I’ll wait. It’s fairly new, but already has 93,000 followers (and counting). Speaking of books, I’ve had to take a break from reading the Outlander series. After powering through the fourth book (Drums of Autumn) at breakneck speed, I realized that I was perhaps a wee bit addicted. I spent every spare moment over the weekend with my nose buried in my Kindle and it just began to feel a little unhealthy (not to mention emotionally draining, those books are roller coaster thrill rides, lemme tell you). So I switched my focus to what is likely not any healthier but at least a change of pace: The Drunken Botanist by Amy Stewart.
I’m not a big drinker at all, but I’ve recently discovered the allure of the fancy cocktail. When I visited my friends in NYC over Christmas, we went to a French restaurant and an upscale bar where I had, by far, the most delicious drinks of my entire life. The one at the French restaurant involved rosemary and rose wine (as far as I can remember) and something I drank at the bar contained egg whites, which made for a delightfully frothy drink. As with everything that catches my attention, I wanted to know MORE. I didn’t want to just drink what was put in front of me, I wanted to know the why’s and the how’s and the history behind it all. Since my dear friend Katy knows me so well, she gifted me the book above for my birthday (along with Shake, a super hipster but super awesome cocktail recipe book) and now I can’t stop reading. It proceeds alphabetically through all of the plants, spices, seeds, fruits, nuts, and various other plant parts that have been ingredients in pretty much any kind of alcohol, ever. She provides a little botanical information about the species as well as the history of its use by humans and its effect in various drinks. (In that way, it reminds me quite a bit of Michael Pollan’s The Botany of Desire, which details the mutually beneficial relationship between humans and four domesticated plants: potatoes, apples, tulips, and cannabis.) For an information sponge like me, it’s pretty awesome, and I’m fiercely looking forward to hosting a cocktail party during which I not only mix you a delicious drink to cure whatever’s ailing you, but also spout Fun Plant Facts at the same time. BWAHAHAHAHAHA. I’m so fun to party with, guys, for reals. #Katycreatedamonster