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2014 Winter Schedule

November 22, 2014

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Day: Every Wednesday night! but please follow the FACEBOOK PAGE for weekly updates and occasional cancellations

Time: 6-8pm

Place: Lady Jay’s Brooklyn, 633 Grand St (bet Leonard & Manhattan), Bklyn, NY 11211

Details: Stop by Lady Jay’s Brooklyn any and every Wednesday from 6-8pm. Introduce yourself to Booze & Yarn founder Corinna Mantlo behind the bar and settle in for a booze craft session.

For all beginners: Be sure to bring an easy to work with ball of yarn and needles. We recommend a light color (it’s a dark bar) and a plain yarn (like a thick wool) as slippery, thin yarns can be hard to work with at first. For needles, go with a larger size like an 8 or 10 straight needle. Be sure to let your local yarn store know you are a beginner and they will help you select a good first timer kit. Your first night, you will be casting on and working on a practice scarf to get your skills down.

For intermediate & Advanced knitters: Just bring your lovely selves and whatever project you are working on. We will be on hand for questions, tips and moral support.

The skinny: Booze & Yarn is open to all (over 21 please as it’s a bar), and is a free, informal class and social circle for knitters of all levels. The entire group helps one another to improve their skills and bond over what else…but, booze and yarn.

got more questions?: follow the FACEBOOK PAGE for up to date weekly updates, patterns, and more. if all else fails, email email me at

Cine Meccanica: Stick around after Booze & Yarn for Cine Meccanica at 8pm to continue knitting and mingle with the local motorcycle and hot rod community for free vehicular films. You’d be surprised how many knitting bikers there are!

Cause everything’s better with gin!


The Return Of Booze & Yarn

April 14, 2014

Booze & Yarn

Yes, you heard right kiddies…Booze & Yarn is BACK!!
It’s been a while, but we now have a wonderful new home and a perfect night. 

Starting April 16th join us each and every Wednesday from 6-8 for a happy hour knitting session hosted by your fearless leader, yours truly (me…Corinna) for free knitting instruction and a good old gathering of the gang.

Where? Why, Lady Jay’s of course. 633 Grand St, Bklyn NY 11211

I’ll be behind the bar, so you can be sure the light will be right, and the booze bountiful. There’s even a gorgeous back patio!…


‘What else is in it for me?’ you say?!

Well, at 8pm, we’ll be switching gears and throwing on biker/hot rod flicks from my alter ego Cine Meccanica. Check that website for a full film schedule.


biker/hotrod flicks and yarn?? yes. absolutely!


So, grab some yarn, needles and hop on over to Lady Jays Brooklyn for infamous, free knitting class and social circle…BOOZE & YARN!

Have a question? hot me up at
‘Cause everything’s better with Gin.


February 15, 2013

155240_10151453820503738_1968775609_n“Fans of the brooding, mysterious, non-meat-eating English singer-lyricist Morrissey recently packed the Tilles Center for the Performing Arts at LIU Post in Brookville for his first-ever Long Island appearance. They included bearded New Jersey Mercedes-Benz mechanic Christopher Flynn, who stood out in a hand-knit sweater — made by his girlfriend, Corinna Mantlo, as a Christmas present — paying homage to the former Smiths front man.”

Smokey, bourbon spiked Hot Chocolate

December 1, 2011

Today’s cocktail courtesy of Booze & Yarn founder Corinna Mantlo, for Happy Homesteader .

There’s nothing better on a cold night than a piping hot cup of hot chocolate…that is unless you take it a smokey, spiked one!

Ingredients (makes 2 cups)

2 cups milk

1/2 smoked chipotle pepper (seeds removed)

1 Mexican chocolate tablet (approximately 3oz) – see below

4oz Bourbon Whiskey (I’m a fan of Bulliet Bourbon)

pinch sea salt

Mexican chocolate tablets pressed chocolate rounds, generally 3oz each. They come sweet, semi, or unsweetend. depending on the region, they will also include sugar granules, almonds, cinnamon, or other local spices. I bring back a stash of local, market bought tablets every time I go to Mexico, but you can find it in your local Mexican grocer, or Moctezuma is a good brand that can be bought HERE


Combine milk, chocolate tablet and chipotle in a saucepan over medium heat and whisk constantly using a molinillo. The molinillo is a wooden stirrer that serves two purposes. The bottom has notches cut into it that will help break up the chocolate, and the mid section has several rings that spin around then the molinillo is turned, this aerates the milk to keep it from boiling over and to give the hot chocolate a light, frothy texture. To whisk the mixture, place the molinillo in the pan, with the bottom touching the pan bottom. upright, with the handle between your open palms, roll your hands back and forth (as if rubbing your hands together to warm them). You can buy a nice molinillo stirrer HERE

Remove and discard the chipotle pepper

Add salt and bourbon

Pour into two cups evenly and serve.


The wonderful, etched stainless steel flask seen above courtesy of Izola

– Corinna Mantlo, for Happy Homesteader 

Beginner Kits

November 30, 2011

Everything you need to start knitting…and in style!


Via Meccanica Yarn
Size 7 Knitting Needles
“The fun way to learn knitting” instructional comic book
Hand silk screened custom Booze & Yarn Tote Bag.

The fun way to learn knitting: Written by Corinna Mantlo, Art by Vickers Bastard Gringo. This book, as well as Via Meccanica yarn in a variety of colors are also sold separately in the store.

Order yours today!
If kits are being ordered for class, the shipping fee will be refunded upon pickup.

Booze & Yarn introduces Via Meccanica!

November 29, 2011

Booze & Yarn’s retail venture, Via Meccanica is proud to introduce its own line of yarn. This soft and earthy 100% Pure Virgin Wool is perfect for any project, and only gets softer with wash and wear. Produced in a 150 year old, family owned and operated woollen mill, using machines dating to the 1930’s; this yarn has the quality, feel and wearability of the vintage knitted goods we all love so much. Available in 12 colors, and 2 & 3 ply weights. Knits up lovely on size 5 needles to 4.5sts per inch. Approximately 126 yards per hand wound ball for $7.

We hope you’ll give it a try!

now in the STORE

Isle of Manhattan cocktail

November 28, 2011

Join Booze & Yarn tomorrow night for a Manhattan sipped over a pile of yarn and some good conversation!


Otto’s Shrunken Head, 538 East 14st

Stick around after for Cine Meccanica, screening Knightriders (1981) at 9pm!

The history of the Manhattan has a fairly convincing story behind it, only because it is so often repeated. Basically the drink was made for Lady Randolph Churchill, Winston Churchill’s mother at the Manhattan Club in the 1870’s and it was thoroughly enjoyed and became popular. The story has been picked apart and it seems it may not be true. The reality is that the Manhattan was probably one of the five borough cocktails (Brooklyn, Bronx, Manhattan, Queen’s and the Staten Island cocktail) made to represent the parts of New York city. – Art of the Drink

1 1/2oz Bourbon – I recommend Makers Mark

1/4oz Sweet Vermouth

dash of Stirrings Blood Orange Bitter

Garnish – Marashcino cherry

I also like to call this a “Rumble Seat Manhattan” ever since turning the trunk of a 1979 Lincoln into a cocktail lounge the night before The 2904, 2009

Corinna Mantlo, Photo by David Cohen