Japan, Pickles, and Seasonal Ale

As I pulled up the Add New Post screen, my milkman delivered the goods, meaning my refrigerator now contains fresh milk, along with hummus, pesto, Schlafly Pumpkin Ale, kosher baby dills, a sourdough bread starter, leftover spaghetti and meatballs, and a ton of condiments. Today is Respect for the Aged Day in Japan, so I’m going to hug my cat (who is something like 85 years old if I’m doing the math correctly), and dip a pickle in hummus. Let’s hope it sticks. The hummus to the pickle, that is.

Shall we talk about the Schlafly Pumpkin Ale? Every year our neighbors host a block party, and every year Jeff prepares for the party by heading to the store and purchasing a crazy number of bratwurst, buns, and a six-pack of some sort of seasonal beer. Most often, I drink one or two of the beers, and then I’m good for the next six months. A few years ago he purchased some sort of autumnal Budweiser, and it was very okay. Last year saw me holding a raspberry something or other, and I’m not sure I even finished the first one. The Schlafly Pumpkin Ale? Oh my. I drank only one, but I’ve been thinking fondly of it ever since. (I once had a Schlafly Pumpkin Ale Ice Cream Float, and it still goes down as one of the best desserts I’ve ever had.) I don’t really consider myself to be much of a swiller, but when beer tastes like pumpkin pie, I’m in.

Although I definitely don’t need any more sock yarn, I purchased some sock yarn a few weeks back. AND, if you knit at the correct gauge, ghosts begin to form. The last thing I want to do is become the lady who has a pair of socks for every holiday (Respect for the Aged Day!), but I really couldn’t pass this up.

Ghost Socks!

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20 thoughts on “Japan, Pickles, and Seasonal Ale”

  1. Uh, I get how self striping yarn is made but … Self patterning yarn that forms images is freaking me OUT MAN! I may need to order some just to see if I can get gauge. (How hard is it to get gauge? was there swearing involved?)

    Thanks for the cozy pattern btw.

  2. I saw that sock yarn on Ravelry, and dithered about buying some … now it appears to be sold out. And I really NEED some sock yarn! (she said, dodging to miss the lightening.)

    Is Shlafly Pumpkin Ale regional? Because now I want some.

  3. Ooh ooh! I want the cozy pattern please!! Because I need juuuust one more project to try to cram into baby’s nap time :-)

  4. I would love your owl cozy pattern!! Love this idea for teacher gifts. I see two versions on Ravelry but neither one looks just like yours.

  5. Last year I fell in love with the Shlafly Pumpkin Ale; but this year I’ve fallen hard for the O’Fallon Pumpkin. It’s not as heavy and I’m a Bud Light kind of girl.

  6. Since I am (sadly) not your kids’ teacher, I guess I’ll have to knit my own damn owl cozy. If you send me the pattern, that is. Or if I decide to figure it out myself or look on Ravelry, but it is way easier to just check my email.

  7. Please may I have the owl cozy pattern too? I was hoping it would show up in the comments of that post. That is why I was being shy and not asking. :)

  8. So, you respect the aged by knitting footwear depicting the the souls of the recently departed? How appropriate? Probably?

    I was amazed to see that pumpkin beers started arriving at my local House ‘O Drink last month already. It seems that this particular fad is becoming the new Christmas, where stuff starts hitting the shelves earlier and earlier every year. As much as I genuinely enjoy some of the pumpkin beers, I’ve found that only specific breweries do it well. Others tend to spit out bottles of carbonated nutmeg squeezin’s, which tastes as bad as it sounds.

  9. Oh! Please send me the Owl Cozy pattern? I’ll have to look around here for the Schlafly… we’re 4 hours to the west and we tend to get some St. Louis lovin’ ever now and again.

  10. I would love a copy of the pattern if you’re still willing to send! It’s adorable.

    I am extremely envious of your Schlafly pumpkin. I visited the brewery a few summers ago and still bemoan the fact that they don’t ship to Wisconsin. Southern Tier’s Pumpking is another delish desserty beer.

  11. would love a copy of your owl cozy….. also what is the price of the handpainted ghostie yarn kit…. couldn’t find it on the etsy page….

    thank you…


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