DIY: City Break Hat by Yuliya Tkacheva

City Break Hat by Yuliya Tkacheva

The City Break Hat is designed by Yuliya Tkacheva for Ms Weaver’s Store on Ravelry.

To make the City Break Hat, I used two skeins of Drops Baby Alpaca Silk in grey blue and a 3.0 mm hook. The hat pattern offers three sizes, and I made the large size which is nice and stretchy. This is a great hat for kids, men, or women, and would be lovely in many different colours. I liked using Baby Alpaca Silk because both the alpaca and silk fibres offer beautiful drape to the hat.

The City Break Hat pattern uses FPdc and BPdc stitches, which create ribbing and provides stretch. The crown of the hat is simple but stunning: the stitches form beautiful seams that look great.

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DIY: Crochet Snow Queen Beret by Brenda K B Anderson

Crochet Snow Queen Beret by Brenda K B Anderson

I had my eye on the Snow Queen Beret by Brenda K B Anderson for quite a while, and I finally got around to it! The pattern is from the book Crochet Ever After: 18 Crochet Projects Inspired by Classic Fairy Tales. The hat is a beret I crocheted with one skein of Wellington Fibres worsted weight 50% wool 50% mohair yarn I bought at the Woodstock Fleece Festival.

Crochet Snow Queen Beret by Brenda K B Anderson

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DIY: Crochet Kelpie Hat by Joanne Scrace

Crochet Kelpie Hat by Joanne ScraceCrochet Kelpie Hat by Joanne Scrace

The Kelpie Hat is designed by Joanne Scrace for the Crochet Project.

I crocheted the Kelpie Hat in a Rowan Baby Merino Silk DK yarn in the emerald colourway. The rich, lustrous colour really makes the stitches pop. The yarn is a blend of 66% merino and 34% silk, so there is a beautiful shine to the yarn. The merino silk blend yarn also adds some drape to the hat. The stitch pattern has some stretch for a forgiving fit, as well as a stretchy ribbing.

Crochet Kelpie Hat by Joanne Scrace

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Maulwurftorte – German Molehill Cake

Maulwurftorte - German Molehill CakeMaulwurftorte - German Molehill CakeI made a Maulwurftorte, a German molehill cake, for my birthday. As you can see, the cake looks like a molehill. It’s rather easy to make, but really delicious. First I baked the chocolate hazelnut sponge cake; I actually made it the day before I served the Maulwurftorte as I was short on time. Once the cake is baked, I hollowed out the inside, leaving about 1-2 cm of cake on the bottom and sides. This makes room for the filling!

Maulwurftorte - German Molehill Cake

Save the crumbs, however! The crumbs will be the soil topping later on. I then filled the cake with halved bananas and a whack-load of whipped cream. To finish, I sprinkled and gently pressed the reserved crumbs on top of the mount of whipped cream so that the whole cake resembles a molehill. Simple but delicious!

I have been making my own birthday cakes since I was in grade 8 or so; in 2014 I made a matcha Swiss roll, also filled with whipped cream; in 2015 I made a chocolate cake with vanilla rum buttercream frosting; and I don’t remember what I made last year!

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DIY: Crochet Linen and Lace Cardigan in Mohair by Annelies Baes

Mohair and Merino Linen and Lace Cardigan

I made another version of the Linen and Lace Cardigan by Annelies Baes, this time in a cozy mohair/merino/silk blend.

Mohair and Merino Linen and Lace CardiganMohair and Merino Linen and Lace CardiganThis version will be a store sample for our local yarn store Ewe Knit (which we included in our list of favourite Toronto yarn shops).

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