Tarth Sigil Armwarmer (with Tutorial!)


Oh, dear readers, this project was such a thorn in my side! I wanted to make a Tarth sigil hankie back when I first started this blog, but the design (quartered, with a moon on an azure background and a sun on a rose background) didn’t lend itself to the minimalist aesthetic I was going for. But with Brienne being one of my favorite characters, I thought a bit about what kind of craft I could make that was Tarth-related.

Then, it hit me.



I’ve done bead knitting before, although it had been so long I had to remember how to do it. And then, when I was halfway through the design, I realized that the yellow beads I had chosen didn’t contrast enough with the rose beads, so my sun looked like a slightly lighter blob. So I had to undo my work, buy new beads, re-string the beads and redo all my knitting. It SUCKED.

But second time’s the charm, and I’m pleased with how it turned out.

And here’s how you can make one yourself!


Gauge: 16 rows/9 stitches=1 inch

Size: 6 inches x 6 inches 

NOTE: There are a couple of different ways to do beaded knitting. I chose the pre-stringing method. The beads are pre-strung on the yarn prior to knitting. Then when the pattern calls for a bead, the bead is moved right next to the right needle, and the next stitch is knit. The bead symbol on the pattern refers to placing the bead and knitting the stitch after it. You can also place the beads on the stitches as you go with a crochet hook. This post gives a good tutorial on how to do that.

Here is the order in which you string the bead colors, helpfully broken up by rows (r=rose, a=azure, g=gold and s=silver):

5r 13a
7r 13a
1r 1g 1r 1g 2r 1g 1r 13a
3r 3g 3r 13a
1g 1r 5g 1r 1g 4a 1s 5a 1s 2a
2r 7g 1r 4a 1s 5a 1s 2a
2r 7g 1r 4a 2s 3a 2s 2a
2r 1g 1r 5g 1r 1g 4a 7s 2a
5r 3g 3r 5a 5s 3a
5r 1g 1r 1g 2r 1g 1r 13a
13r 13a
13a 13r
12a 13r
12a 5r 1g 1r 1g 2r 1g 2r
3a 1s 5a 1s 1a 6r 3g 4r
3a 1s 5a 1s 1a 3r 1g 1r 5g 1r 1g 1r
2a 2s 3a 2s 1a 4r 7g 2r
2a 7s 1a 4r 7g 2r
2a 5s 2a 3r 1g 1r 5g 1r 1g 1r
9a 6r 3g 4r
8a 5r 1g 1r 1g 2r 1g 2r
7a 13r
5a 13r


Slide beads on to yarn with beading needle.

Cast on 45 stitches.

Knit 23 more rows.

Follow pattern (all stitches will be knit):


Knit 30 rows, or as needed to fit arm.

Cast off stitches, leaving a long tail.

Block knitting; knit together seams. Weave in ends.

Enjoy your sassy armwarmer and very warm wrist!

I hope this tutorial is clear. Let me know if you have any questions or comments below!

Four New EXCLUSIVE Game of Thrones Cocktails


I have a treat for you guys today! Last night, I was involved in a cocktail lab focused on creating four new cocktails based on four supporting characters from Game of Thrones. Well, okay, the two mixologists actually did the creating; I provided background information and photography skills. The results are quite fabulous! The premier is only hours away; why not serve up one (or more) of these at your viewing party?

Drinks by Clifton Hyde and Joe Peretore. If you post these elsewhere, please credit.


The Red Priestessbright red and slightly bitter, this drink will light a fire inside you

  • 2 oz white rum
  • 3/4 oz fresh lime juice
  • 3/4 oz Campari
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup

Shake and strain into a coupe.


The Maid of Tarthokay, so it’s more purple than sapphire, but it’s still a strong yet surprisingly sweet concoction

  • 2 oz light fruity blended scotch (e.g., Johnny Walker Red, Compass Box Asyla)
  • 1/2 oz Curaçao
  • 3/4 oz lime juice
  • 1/2 oz Crème Yvette (or Crème de Violette)

Shake and strain over a huge ice cube into an old-fashioned glass.

Bronnis and Tyrion walk throughthe streets and witness civil unrestIMGP1215

Bronn of the Blackwatera strong, stiff drink that gets set on fire

  • 2 1/2 oz rye whiskey
  • 1/2 oz 151-proof rum
  • 1/2 oz simple syrup
  • 5 dashes angostura bitters

Stir and strain into a cup. Set a piece of lime peel in the drink. Pour 151-proof rum on the peel. Light peel with match. Make sure you blow out the fire before it warps your cup.


The Spiderlightly colored, seemingly innocuous, yet packs a big punch

  • 1 oz Beefeater gin
  • 1 oz Dolin Blanc vermouth (not dry!)
  • 1 oz Lillet Blanc
  • 12 drops rose water

Stir and strain into a cocktail glass.

I hope you guys enjoy these drinks as much as we enjoyed making them! Please comment with any feedback you have.

As a final note, are there any characters you would like my resident mixologists to make a cocktail for? Issue the challenge in the comments and I’ll debut them here at the halfway point in the season!