Shall I Compare Thee to a Glass of Booze?

Hello friends!

Today I’m turning Leave Me to My Projects over to Project Community member and friend of the blog, Holly, otherwise known as SillyLittleLady. She makes swoon-worthy pretty knitting patterns, and is the creator of those insane bearded Viking Helmets you may have seen in your travels about the interwebs.

I freaking love this girl. Kindred geeky spirits, for real. And we both like wine. I hope you enjoy her comparative musings on the two addiction-inducing substances today. And don’t forget to check out her blog, Etsy and Ravelry!



Hi, I’m Holly of SillyLittleLady and I’m a knittaholic.

Holly Priestley

It all started back in my single-digit years; I was introduced to the addiction early. Like a fish to water, I took to the craft, gathered many needles, even re-used a few from “friends” who were really enablers of this dependence. Over the years my need grew, the craving could never be satiated and the paraphernalia started adding up. A bag here, a drawer there, it took over my living arrangements, my car, my job.

Money was spent, accouterments obtained, I was so far down the rabbit hole that I didn’t even know there was an “out.” The habit is an easy one to fall into, a tough one to break, and it’s been so long since I was clean that these days, I can’t even fathom what life would be like outside of this obsession.

Over time, I’ve found that this compulsion can be compounded into something even greater if I combine it with other things that bring me joy – certain people, particular sources of sustenance, even my favorite spaces. While I enjoy a good knit, I really enjoy pairing it with a good glass of wine.

In my years of knitting and sipping, I’ve come across a few likenesses between the wines I drink and the yarns I use, surely you’ve done this too? Here are a few of my favorite pairings:

Madelinetosh Pure Silk Lace

= Gateway Drug

Mohair = Moscato

A little is good, too much of either can cause a belly ache, all the sugar from the wine and the fuzz from the mohair, too much is enough to turn my stomach and as a result I can’t have these all the time.

Cashmere = Chardonnay

Both are rich and buttery, you don’t “need” to have them every day but they sure do go with everything, so why not?

Angora = Ice Wine

These two are extra special, a little bit goes a long way.  Small glasses of the dessert wine, and a tad of angora mixed with another hardy yarn really do soften the look of the world.

Merino = Malbec

These are good every day and can be mixed with just about anything.  They’re both about in the middle of the road, not too rough or too soft on the hands or palette.

Silk = Pinot Grigio

Perfect for summer, this pair is strong but smooth.

Alpaca = Cabernet Sauvignon

Each of these needs to breath to bring out the most fullness and are great for transitional weather.  Enjoying too much of either may leave evidence in the form of stained lips or shedding fiber.

Cotton = Table Wine

This pair is easy to use, widely ranges in price and color and is a work horse product.  To be enjoyed by many, they are especially great for the beginning sommelier or knitter.

Bamboo = Carmenere

Exotic and smooth, this pair is heavier than it looks and definitely worth having around for special occasions.

Wool = Merlot

Either of this pair can go bad if it gets too warm or agitated.  They both come in many different varieties and are perfect for cold weather.

What are some of your favorite fiber/booze pairings?

Holly Priestley is a knitwear designer and Technical Editor currently residing in the southwest with her canine, her gentleman and copious amounts of yarn and wine.  She blogs, too.