Monday, May 04, 2009

Something's Brewing in Beervana




Oh, do I ever have projects on the front burners, on the back burners, projects in the oven, and cooling on the windowsill!

I've got a Sam sock from Cookie A's new and wonderful book. I've got most of a Cascading Leaves cardi in
Classic Elite Yarns Classic Silk, color soft leaf green. I've got a super, ultra secret project in a laceweight alpaca. I've even got a super, ultra secret project in sock yarn, for Pete's sake.

What I ain't got is photos. My digital camera declared Memory Full after only two photos of the latest arrival from the Knit Purl Sock Club. This would be because ... looking in camera ... my younger daughter took the memory card. It was full of prom photos.

Until she gets home to make things right, let's make do with the two photos I do have. Subject: the latest installment in the Knit Purl Sock Club.

Various aspects of the Portland, Oregon area inspired all the installments of this sock club. Let's see, there was water and then an arborteum and the time before that ... oh, dear. I've never been to Portland so these things have no meaning beyond pretty colors. This time, they tell me, the inspiration couldn't been more Portland-y: beer. The city has more microbreweries per capita than any other U.S. city.

Which reminds me of my late beagle, Suzy. She is the beagle in the red sweater at the top of this page. One summer evening, Suzy became the namesake of a microbrew. You see, our neighbor owns and operate a beer pub. He saw me pulling weeds and stopped to chat.

"How do you like your beagle?" he asked.

"Beagles are individuals," I said, straightening and brushing the dirt from my hands. "They march to their own drummer."

He went on his way; I finished pulling weeds and thought no more about it.

Next time I was in the beer pub for a hamburger, there was a poster: HOUND ALE: for those who march to a different drummer. It's an alias of Leinenkugels Special Ale. If you're planning a roadtrip to, say, Meg Swansen's Knitting Camp, stop in atThe Hilltop. It's on your way. Great food, great atmosphere, and, probably, great beer.

I have never tasted it. I don't like beer. I do like this Painted Skeins superwash sock yarn in the exclusive colorway "Microbrew". And, if my digital camera decides to unfreeze its memory, I'll show you the special Cookie A pattern that goes with, Willamette Hop. It's lovelier than lovely

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