This afternoon I finally got around to making up some Raspberry Gin, just in time for Christmas. I got the idea from this article, although there’s no real recipe as such. You simply take some gin, some raspberries and a suitable container:
Put the raspberries into your container – I had a punnet of about 125g and a storage jar:
And then you add the gin. I think the jar could have held a full litre of gin, but that seemed a little excessive and we wanted to save some of the Bombay Sapphire to drink as it comes. So I filled the jar roughly half full. It’s now sitting in a nice dark cupboard where it will stay, undisturbed, for about two weeks.
Meanwhile, back to the knitting. I’ve had a productive weekend, and knocked another two hats and one half of a pair of chunky socks off the list.
Today’s pattern suggestion is for something I haven’t finished, and it’s for a gift this year, so I can’t post a photo, but it’s the Fake Isle Hat. A brilliantly simple way to make your knitting look a whole lot more fancy, although the name is a bit of a misnomer, since it is fair isle knitting.
It’s an aran-weight hat, knit with two different colours, only if one of them is a self-striping yarn like Noro Kureyon then you get the wonderful effect of half a dozen colours, without the headache of complex stranding or weaving in all those ends.
I’m making mine for a big bloke, so I knit the larger size and it is humungous. I don’t think it’s going to be too ridiculous, and the fabric’s not that stretchy so you need enough space in there for it to be comfortable, but you might want to check your numbers to make sure the size works for you. It would be easy enough to take out a repeat of the chart if you need to. There are also lots of helpful tips on Ravelry for amending the crown shaping to make the hat less pointy.