August Sassy Holidays 2019: National Watermelon Day

A skein of our Seed Spitting Contest, the colorway we created to celebrate National Watermelon Day

Get thee to a farm stand or grocery store, because Saturday, August 3rd is National Watermelon Day, and you don’t want to be caught without this delicious representation of summertime goodness. Whether you eat it sliced up, cubed, or blended with other fruits, there’s nothing like a sweet and light bite of the watermelon. We’ve found a few yummy (and surprising) watermelon-based recipes for your summertime enjoyment:

WATERMELON SALAD WITH JALAPENO AND LIME (from geniuskitchen.com)

  • 3 T lime juice 
  • 2 t olive oil 
  • 1 pinch lime zest 
  • 2 C seedless watermelon, cut into 1/2-inch cubes 
  • 1 jalapeno pepper, seeded and sliced ⁄ cup basil (or Thai basil) 
  • 1 t black sesame seed 
  • 1 t sea salt

Whisk together lime juice, oil and lime zest. Set aside. Place frozen watermelon cubes in single layer in large shallow dish. Pour lime juice mixture over watermelon, and gently toss to combine. Cover, and refrigerate until ready to serve. Place 5 jalapeño rings each in 4 shallow serving bowls. Mound 1/2 cup watermelon in center of each bowl. Divide marinade among bowls. Sprinkle with basil, sesame seeds and salt, and serve.

WATERMELON LIME CHILLER (from toravey.com)

  • 3 C cubed seedless watermelon, well chilled
  • 1 1/2 fresh limes, juiced
  • 1/4 C rum (optional)
  • Simple syrup or agave nectar, or your favorite sweetener, to taste
  • Fresh mint sprigs for garnish

Put watermelon chunks and lime juice into a blender. Process on high until smooth. Add sweetener to taste, if needed, and blend again. Pour drink into two glasses over ice. Garnish with fresh mint. Serve.

We hope you enjoy our Watermelon-Day-inspired yarn AND find the time to make some delicious watermelon-based treats on National Watermelon Day. 

July Sassy Holidays 2019: Bikini Day

July 5th is National Bikini Day, and we are here for it. The mid-1940s was when bikinis began to be worn, and they are named, for some strange reason, after the Bikini Atoll where the United States conducted atomic tests. Whatever, we are just happy that we are in communities in which body acceptance and inclusion is our bread and butter (as well as all inclusion/intersection/advocacy), and we love that we have spent that last couple of summers sporting our own bikinis. As the day approaches, we also find ourselves pouring over the lyrics of that 1960s song, She Wore An Itsy Bitsy Teensie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini. Do you realize that the entire song is all about how self-conscious the woman in the bikini feels about being in the bikini? Do you think the songwriter was simply making an observation? Was he attempting to empower her, and give her strength? Or was he just being a jerk, and judging her for wearing it? The popularity of the song DID boost bikini-wearing, and helped to usher in the era of the bikini-clad surf movies, so maybe the music group was all about empowerment.. At any rate, wear your bikini with pride on July 5th, and make sure you put sunscreen on!

She was afraid to come out of the locker

She was as nervous as she could be

She was afraid to come out of the locker

She was afraid that somebody would see

Two, three, four, tell the people what she wore!

It was an itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka-dot bikini

That she wore for the first time today.

An itsy bitsy teenie weenie yellow polka-dot bikini

So in the locker she wanted to stay.

Two, three, four, stick around we’ll tell you more!

She was afraid to come out in the open

And so a blanket around her she wore.

She was afraid to come out in the open.

And so she sat bundled up on the shore.

So in the blanket she wanted to stay.

Refrain!

Now she is afraid to come out of the water.

And I wonder what she’s gonna do.

‘Cause she’s afraid to come out of the water.

And now the poor little girl’s turning blue.

So in the water she wanted to stay.

Refrain!

From the locker to the blanket,

From the blanket to the shore,

From the shore to the water

Guess there isn’t any more.

-Itsy Bitsy Teensie Weenie Yellow Polka Dot Bikini by Brian Hyland

Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body!

June Sassy Holidays 2019: Best Friend’s Day

Saturday, June 8th is National Best Friend’s Day, and we here at Knitted Wit could not be more happy about it! We’re celebrating with a colorway that brings Lorajean’s soul-color (purple) and Shannon’s soul-color (lime green) together in one deliciously interwoven colorway. We are also celebrating by texting Golden Girl’s theme song lyrics to each other aaaaallllll day long! Wanna play along? Get ready for a wonderful ear-worm:

Thank you for being a friend…

Traveled down a road and back again

Your heart is true, you’re a pal and a confidant

I’m not ashamed to say

I hope it always will stay this way

My hat is off, won’t you stand up and take a bow

And if you threw a party

Invited everyone you knew

Well, you would see the biggest gift would be from me

And the card attached would say

Thank you for being a friend…

Thank YOU for being a friend, too! For exploring these off-the-grid holidays with us, for supporting and loving us, for being our pals and confidants. Spend some time on Best Friend’s Day reaching out to the people in YOUR life who deserve the biggest and best gift, who will travel those roads with you, who are your people.

May Sassy Holidays 2019: National Lemonade Day

The first Sunday in May (which happens to fall on May 5th this year) is National Lemonade Day. Not only is this a day to celebrate the delicious beveragey harbinger of summertime, it’s also a day to celebrate young entrepreneurs, by encouraging the humble lemonade stand (or any youth-driven entrepreneurial initiative). We are fully of the camp that adding a bit of pink to almost anything is a good thing, so we are sharing two very different recipes for Pink Lemonade; one more involved, one less involved. Both will be absolutely delicious. The first one we found here: https://www.thereciperebel.com/easy-homemade-pink-lemonade-recipe/. The second one we made up.

Pink Lemonade Recipe (more involved):

  • 1 cup granulated sugar.
  • 3/4 cup water.
  • 1/3 cup lemon peel strips (about 2 lemons)
  • 1 cup freshly squeeze lemon juice (about 4 lemons)
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberry puree.
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberry puree.
  • 2 cups water, either still or bubbly.

1. In a medium saucepan over medium-high heat, add water and sugar. Bring to a simmer and whisk until sugar is dissolved.

2. Add lemon peel strips, bring to a simmer, and cook for 5 minutes or until mixture is reduced by almost half. Set aside to cool slightly.

3. Place a fine mesh sieve over a pitcher. Pour the lemon syrup through the sieve into the pitcher, followed by the lemon juice, strawberry puree, and raspberry puree. You may have to use a spatula to stir the liquids around and press through, but it will work.

4. Chill in the refrigerator until cold. 

5. Serve with desired amount of water, club soda, and ice cubes (roughly 2 cups). 

Pink Lemonade Recipe (less involved):

  • Lemonade mix of your choice, plus the appropriate water.
  • 1/2 cup fresh strawberry puree.
  • 1/2 cup fresh raspberry puree.

1. Mix up lemonade mix in pitcher, leaving room for puree.

2. Place a fine mesh sieve over a pitcher. Pour the strawberry and raspberry puree through. You may have to use a spatula to stir the liquids around and press through, but it will work.

4. Chill in the refrigerator until cold. Drink and enjoy!

April Sassy Holidays 2019: April Fool’s Day

For our April Sassy Holiday, we’re celebrating the changing season, relishing the hint of cool in the air, looking forward to shorter days and cozy fires… Ahhh, who doesn’t love Fall? Especially after a long, hot summer, when all a fiber crafter wants to do is curl up on the couch under a hand-made blanket and make, make, make. Our Sassy colorway, Pumpkin Spice Latte, is just the colorway your fall-craving self needs… what? What’s that you say? We are heading toward Spring, not Fall? Well…

April Fools!!!

We hope you enjoy this decidedly UN-Autumnal color, Pumpkin Spice Latte, and giggle to yourself while crafting with it. Good luck trying to get your hands on an actual Pumpkin Spice Latte, however, since we are MONTHS away from enjoying those once more.

To make your own Pumpkin Spice Latte at home, gather and mix together the following:

  • 1 cup milk, either cow’s, coconut, almond, macadamia, or other
  • 1 TBSP canned or fresh pumpkin puree
  • 2 tsp vanilla extract
  • ½ tsp pumpkin pie spice (or ½ tsp cinnamon and a sprinkle each of cloves and nutmeg)
  • ¼ cup strong coffee or espresso
  • 1 tsp honey or maple syrup or to taste

Blend until smooth, then heat in a saucepan, stirring often. Pour into your favorite mug and add whipped cream or coconut cream to the top. Enjoy and pretend it’s fall, y’all.

March Sassy Holidays 2019: International Women’s Day

March 8th is International Women’s Day, and on this day and in this month, our major question, answered in a skein of yarn, is (still and always) Only One Day?! That’s what we get? We deserve more, don’t you think?

International Women’s Day (IWD) is a global day, first observed in 1911, celebrating the social, economic, cultural, and political achievements of women all around the world. The day is not country, group, or organization-specific, but rather marks a call to action for accelerating gender parity. The theme this year is #balanceforbetter, an effort to deepen gender balance and equality in all aspects of life, all around the world. In order to show support for IWD, the organizers ask that folks share photos of themselves on social media, hands out, palms up, as if balancing two equal weights. The #balanceforbetter effort is a year-long one. 

In light of the conversations surrounding race and white supremacy that have been occurring in our fiber arts community, as well as in the greater world, we are asking all of our Sassy Holidays participants to bring a strong intersectional focus to their celebrations of IWD this year (and every year). Let’s all work toward a reality in which ALL women are experiencing the same balance. All of this starts with us, with a commitment to intersectional feminism. Let’s work together, and ensure that it’s not for Only One Day that we focus on balance, but a renewed life-long commitment to true equity and parity. And, while we work on our intersectional feminism, we can enjoy knitting our skeins of Only One Day?!

January Sassy Holidays 2019: Bloody Mary Day

Welcome to Year Two of the Sassy Holidays Yarn Club! This club is exclusive to our Local Yarn Shop partners, so if you see a color way you need, contact your LYS! There is a list of Sassy Holidays-celebrating LYSs on our home page. We had a blast celebrating loads of lesser-known holidays last year, and have a fabulous line-up for 2019, starting it off right with January 1st, Bloody Mary Day. 

No one knows exactly when or where or why the Bloody Mary was initially invented (there are oodles of stories out there), but we sure are glad it was. It’s a hearty drink, thought to be the best cure for overindulgences, such as what many experience on New Year’s Eve, which is the reason January 1st is Bloody Mary Day. Wherever it originated, or why, we are definitely here for some Bloody Mary enjoyment this holiday season. We found a delicious-looking recipe online, which we tweaked a bit and are sharing here (inspired by the recipe found at https://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/zee-spotted-pig-bloody-mary).

Start the new year off right, with a new project and a hearty beverage! 

Best Bloody Mary Recipe (for a non-alcoholic version, merely omit the vodka):

  • 3T grated fresh or prepared horseradish
  • 2 ounces Worcestershire sauce
  • 2 ounces chile sauce (like Sriracha)
  • 2T lime juice
  • 2t celery salt
  • 1t kosher salt
  • Freshly ground pepper
  • 32 ounces tomato juice
  • 16 ounces vodka
  • Lime wedges
  • Pickled or fresh vegetables (optional)

Step 1    

In a pitcher, combine the horseradish, Worcestershire sauce, chile sauce, lime juice, celery salt, kosher salt and 2 teaspoons ground pepper. Add the tomato juice and stir well. Cover and refrigerate until chilled, at least 2 hours, but overnight would be awesome.

Step 2    

Pour the tomato juice mixture into 8 ice-filled rocks glasses. Add 2 ounces vodka to each glass and stir. Garnish each drink with a pinch of ground pepper, a lime wedge and pickled vegetables.

Mix up a pitcher or two this holiday season, and enjoy!