Awhile ago I made this “Smoothie Scarf” and gave it to DM (the yarn is Deborah Norville ‘Everyday Soft Worsted’ in the colorway Smoothie; the pattern is Liquid Gold Chain Mesh Scarf):
Now I’m wondering if it was a premonition of things to come?
DH and I celebrated our 40th wedding anniversary in 2014, marking the occasion throughout the year with two separate “once-in-a-lifetime (ok, twice-in-a-lifetime)” trips to Walt Disney World with DD and her husband. Since the real anniversary date (Dec. 15) was close to Christmas, at our little family holiday gathering we received an anniversary gift from DM: a Nutri Ninja Pro (1000 watt) blender. She enjoys shopping on QVC and had already acquired one for herself, so as a surprise she gifted us with one also (you can see the pre-Christmas QVC demonstration program here. No affiliation but I watched it just to see how to use the thing.)
I have never been a fan of smoothies or green drinks or anything like that, which this blender is used for. DM made a fruit smoothie for me once and I had to close my eyes before drinking it, screwing up my face in a “yuk” look after the first sip. But here was the new toy in our kitchen and after discovering that it also crushes ice into snow (so that DH could make squishy lemonades like the ones sold at Colorado Rockies baseball games), we decided to give it a try. Instead of following any of the recipes in the accompanying booklet (some of which still looked “yuk” to me), I made up my own concoction: half a frozen banana, a handful of frozen blueberries, a tablespoon of sliced almonds, about 4 oz. of fresh-brewed green tea cooled with ice and a little milk, plus ice cubes, all processed in the Nutri Ninja. Depending on how much of these ingredients I throw in, it turns out in different thicknesses every day, but I drink it all down as I’m preparing the rest of my breakfast: oatmeal with flaxseed and walnuts on top, plus a glass of OJ and another of milk.
At least the blueberry/banana concoction turns out a pretty lavender color!
After trying the Ninja for a fruit drink, I went so far as to make up my own version of a V-8 juice: cherry or chopped up tomatoes, baby carrots, baby spinach leaves, celery sticks, cucumber slices, water and ice cubes. Again, if I close my eyes, it sort-of, kind-of tastes like a V-8.
The pretty color of the blueberry/banana smoothie brought to mind some lavender-colored projects in the DBKN collection. The most recent is my design in the spring issue of Crochet! Magazine:
Since spring will be here soon (well, after we get out of these snowstorms and the deep freeze that’s gripping the country right now) it might be time for a lavender-colored shawl, such as the Firefly Diaphanous Shawl:
© Meg Myers/Classic Elite Yarns
But since we’re still in the midst of winter, this purplish hat has been my favorite to wear when venturing outside into the cold:
Majestic Tweed Slouch Hat
© Classic Elite Yarns
Besides the 40th anniversary, there were two other milestone events in our extended family at the end of December: a wedding and the birth of a baby. For the wedding, I knit this purple cabled capelet at the request of the bride. Since the wedding took place in Ireland in the dark of winter, it was cold and she wanted something not only to keep her warm when traveling from the church to the reception, but also to match the purple Wellington boots she wore for the trek:
Patons Shoulder Shrug
I also knit a few things for the new baby (not the hats below but some other surprises.) Babies are such fun to knit or crochet for. One lavender/purple option is this Pretty Little Baby Hat …
… or perhaps a lilac version of Rib-look Newborn Hat:
These are just a few of the fruit-smoothie-colored projects that come to mind. You can find many more on my Ravelry designer page. 2015 is the year that several new designs will be revealed in books and magazines … and one of them may just fit into the lavender/purple color family!
P.S. To see more photos of the projects above, here are links to the Ravelry project pages:
Liquid Gold Chain Mesh Scarf
Firefly Diaphanous Shawl
Majestic Tweed Slouch Hat
Purple Wedding Capelet
Pretty Little Baby Hat
Rib-look Newborn Hat