Thursday, March 29, 2007

hail ceasar

Rosie came to visit the other week and brought me 10 litres of Clamato juice!

Some interesting trivia (from here):
"The Caesar, a quintessential Canadian invention has been one of this country’s most favored savory cocktails for over 35 years. Spiced up, or spiced down, each year, over 300 million Caesars are served to Canadians across the country (almost ten times the nation’s entire population) reflecting the fact that the savory Caesar is a cherished part of Canadian life. -- The tale of the Caesar began in 1969 when inventor, bar manager and mixologist extraordinaire Walter Chell was challenged to concoct his own unique cocktail creation to mark the opening of a Calgary restaurant. Since then, the infamous blend of vodka and Mott’s Clamato tomato-clam cocktail (a combination of tomato juice, mashed clams and a top secret blend of spices) has become a true Canadian icon."

Here we go, yo:

So anyway, I guess this evens the score: New York 1, Toronto 1

Isn't celery lovely?

Sunday, March 25, 2007

happy birthday (for yesterday)

did the host raise a toast to the day your life began?

I was two months behind with these legwarmers for Caroline's birthday. Only because I ran out of one of the yarns and it took me a trip back to Toronto to find it again. But here they are:

Novella Socks from Knit 2 Together. I knit them with a strand of each Berroco Softwist (41% wool, 59% rayon, colour: 9427 dijon, 3 skeins) and Katia Ingenua (78% mohair, 13% nylon, 9% wool, colour: 16 yellow, 2 skeins) on size US6 needles. I think if I had obeyed the instructions and used the yarn specified in the pattern (Rowan Cashsoft DK) the socks would have had a bit more give. It's a good thing that girl is so skinny!

I was only a month behind with her hubbie's gift because I was smart enough to buy the yarn in New York. (Actually, I had Caroline's legwarmers ready a month ago but I couldn't very well show up to Jack's birthday brunch with only a gift for his wife!) I knit him a pair of Broad Street Mittens from Knitty. This pattern had several mistakes in it resulting in a very frustrating experience and my having to frog the first mitt twice! And then it was difficult to judge the sizing because my hands are relatively smaller and so I was never really quite sure about them. But I'm happy with the way they turned out, and he says they fit. Hoorah!

These were knit with Blue Sky Alpacas (sport weight, 100% alpaca, colour: 523 grape, 1 skein, and colour: 308 navy blue, 2 skeins) on size US2 and US3 dpns.

Monday, March 5, 2007

breakfast in new york

key tags: New York 1, Toronto 0

saw you going crazy on the dance floor