For several months now, I’ve been going into the bathroom and discovering sights like this:
And strange things like this have been appearing in the kitchen:
These objects are signs that our flat has now fully realised its second function as a brewery. At first this transformation caused me some concern. For example, when Tom said he was bringing home a mash tun, I envisaged an enormous vat in which I would be forced to spend evenings of unbearable heat and grueling physical toil, relentlessly treading malt grain. Then he turned up with an innocuous vessel that resembled a picnic basket and all was well.
In any case, I am completely reconciled to the year-round supplies of (very) tasty beer and my drone-like role in the process. For my lowly task is to apply the bottle caps. Here are the fruits of yesterday’s labours:
A delicious red ale using Irish yeast.
As well as the beer in its nice brown bottles I have another brown thing to show. A while ago now, I started making Tom a vest for the cross country season. He runs for a club whose ethos embraces the idiosyncratic and handmade. Their colour is brown and in my vest he fits right in. I finally finished off the neck and armhole edging yesterday, and am very pleased with the results. Here he is obligingly modelling said vest this morning, together with the number of a race he ran a couple of weeks ago:
And here is the vest from the back. (Yes, I have become completely obsessed with duotone)
I think it has a hokey, yet dashing Chariots of Fire air about it. But only a knitter would appreciate the ludicrous contradictions of this vest — being, as it is, a utility garment fashioned from a rather luxe yarn. For it is made of Rowan Calmer and has a satisfying spring and cashmere-like softness. I knitted it in the round to the armholes, then divided for front and back, and kind of made up the racer style armholes as I went along. The curve could have been a bit less severe across the back but I quite like the airy effect the edging has produced. He’s off trying it out this morning at Jedburgh.
We just started home brewing a couple of months ago. It’s an interesting and fun process. My husband does most of it. My part consists of helping decide on flavors and ingredients and a little help in the bottling process. Oh…and…yes…the drinking of the delicious results. :-)
homebrew is the best brew. And, that’s a true story. :) Also, I agree with Flossie. I now want to make my own wifebeater, too!
that’s what we call a wifebeater, here in America. We wear them throughout the summer and spring, although in cotton, of course. Now I want to make one for myself!
Knitting and homebrewing go hand in hand. There is all that waiting during the brewing process and then nothing goes better with a good pint than an easy knit. My husband brews as well, and my kitchen regularly looks like a mad scientist lab.
I love the vest, I made a scarf out of that very color of Rowan Calmer for a friend a few years ago, and he wears it all the time. Good stuff, Calmer.
It looks great! Although I gotta wonder about the comfort of running in worsted-weight yarn…
relentlessly treading malt grain!
you one funny guy.
I’m giving this whole post two thumbs up. Yummy handcrafted beer, hot Chariots of Fire vest in one of my favorite yarns. Um, yes. Yes. Yes.