Winter Is Coming and I Have a Scarf 2: Westeros Boogaloo

Since my office had to face the wrath of Sandy, I inadvertently had a week off, which meant a lot of time to finish up some projects that I hadn’t had time for. A big project was dealing with my Stark scarf.

You see, knitting my scarf in Fair Isle (i.e., knitting both right and wrong sides instead of purling the wrong side) meant that, after painstakingly finishing my scarf, it curled. Each side rolled inward until it looked like a jelly roll. My beautiful six-inch-wide scarf was barely three inches wide. You could barely even read it!

So I went hunting about the internet for a solution, and stumbled upon this post by TECHknitting which offered a simple solution: line the back of the scarf with polar fleece. I ordered some fleece, although I still wasn’t sure whether the fleece would be sturdy enough to keep the scarf from curling. But it was! I was so happy! My scarf looked so spiffy. Although, I made the mistake of sewing the lining at 2am, which means that there is bunching in some places where I didn’t hold it taut. SIGH.

Here is the front:

Here is the back:

And here is an ACTION SHOT:

You guys, this scarf is so warm and snuggly. I can barely even handle how nice it feels.

And, I made an honest to God pattern for you guys! I am excited to share it with you, but also a little nervous, since this is my first chart pattern. Note that I futzed around with the direwolf as well, since he had one leg bigger than all the others.

Winter Is Coming Scarf

Yarn: Blue Sky Alpacas Worsted Cotton in 625 graphite  (1 skein) and 615 tulip (2 skeins)

Needle size: 8 or whatever you need for gauge

Gauge: 18 stitches/21 rows=4 inches in garter stitch

Cast on 25 stitches.

Knit 30 rows in garter stitch.

Follow the pattern here: winter is coming scarf. (Note: I had to make the pattern in segments, which is why the row numbering is weird. Ignore, please!)

Knit 30 rows in garter stich.

Bind off.

Sew polar fleece onto back using overcast stitch (tutorial here).

Wear your scarf, you sassy thing.

And now to give due credit where credit is due:

Lettering is from here

Chart pattern was made from the generator here

Please let me know if you have any questions!

All of the Game of Thrones Cocktails You Can Handle

It turns out, based on my stats, that a lot of people end up on my site from Googling phrases about Game of Thrones cocktails. (And then they get pictures of hankies. What inadvertent trolling! HAHAHA.) It makes sense; with the premiere only a week away (!!!) people are looking for ways to make their viewing parties extra special, or at least have something to drown their sorrows in during certain scenes.

At any rate, I mentioned how popular my cocktail post was to my mixologist boyfriend, and he immediately got down to business. “What are the houses? What are their sigils? What colors are they?” We flipped through his cocktail books and scoured the internet and found some yummy, and punny, cocktails perfect for watching the Game of Thrones premiere. I’ve included the recipes in the post, so you don’t have to have 800 tabs open to see what drinks you want to make. I’m nice like that.

Since this makes for a long post, I’ve divided the drinks up by houses and put them under the cut below. And if you have another cocktail that would fit in here, please let me know in the comments and I’ll add it.

NOTE: Some of these recipes are well-known standards, and some of them are recent inventions. When a recipe is from a specific blog or cocktail book, I have provided a link it. However, all the recipes are readily available on the internet, so I’m not trying to gank someone else’s hard work. All unattributed drinks are from Wikipedia or other online cocktail databases.

And now, for the cocktails…