Reek, Reek, It (sort of) rhymes with “I need a drink.”

I was never much of a drinker when I was younger. Beer tasted too earthy and wine too bitter. Then I discovered the fantastic world of cocktails. They can be strong or sweet or fizzy or colorful – there’s a cocktail to suit whatever mood or taste you desire. Luckily for me, my boyfriend has become an amateur Tiki drink mixologist, so I can down zombies and Singapore slings until the cows come home.

Which brings me to links, links! With Game of Thrones drinks! Sadly, I wasn’t able to find a lot of related cocktails, but I did find a blog with a list of several ASoIaF cocktails, a couple of which sound pretty good (except the Bailey’s and lime juice. BARF). And LA Weekly had a special Fire and Ice cocktail made up for the Golden Globes. (And yes, it should be an Ice and Fire cocktail. I know that. You know that. But not everybody does. Sigh.) And Bar None Drinks made a cocktail called the Iron Throne.

“But Elissa,” you might say. “What if I just want a cocktail that can be slightly punny when I host my Season 2 viewing parties this spring?” I’m glad you asked! Those of the Lannister persuasion would be best served with a Lion’s Tail, while those with a more Baratheon bent would do well with a Stag Manhattan. And for those longing for the days of the Targaryens, try a Red Dragon. And I’m not positive, but I’m willing to bet that the Greyjoys just do shots of Kraken rum and saltwater.

And if you have a soft spot for Jon Snow, you can always try my personal favorite, a Suffering Bastard.

Cheers!

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Winter is Coming! Knit a Scarf!

All has been quiet over here at my place, due to end of the year work craziness and holidays and whatnot.

But I did do a little work. I’ve managed to sketch out the design for my “Winter is Coming” scarf and here it is:

 

 

It’s my first attempt at making a knitting pattern, so I’m pretty proud of myself. I had to do quite a bit of calculations to make everything fit right (as if I don’t have to do enough math in my head at work). I taped the graph paper up on my window to trace my direwolf sketch on it and make it into a knitable pattern. It was a little difficult, and I may tweak it a bit to make it look better, but here’s what it is now:

 

Now it’s just a matter of starting to knit. It’s my first time knitting in Fair Isle, so it’s going to be a big adventure. I bought some supersoft cotton yarn in white and grey and I’ll keep you updated on progress.

Another big development is the Craft Directory of Ice and Fire, up at the top. Finally, a place to collect all the ASoIaF crafts on the internet in one place! I decided to start with just links to search results for the big places like Craftster and Etsy, but I want to know if it’s better to list out all the individual crafts so that people don’t have to go through all the search results. What do you guys think? Any suggestions would be welcome.