Super Easy Za’atar Manakeesh

This za’atar manakeesh is almost not even a recipe – it’s so easy and only needs three ingredients. I always have the first two in my pantry and the third ingredient in my overpacked freezer. I sometimes make this as a quick snack when guests come over or have it for breakfast with a fried egg on top. Another delicious variation is to add a few slices of cheese on top (mozzarella would work well) before toasting it, which makes it almost like a pizza. In fact, when we first moved to Saudi ten years ago and weren’t familiar with Arabic food, we would always request “pizza” from our mom, which would be this za’atar manakeesh or another variation, akkawi manakeesh.

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DIY: Crochet Toddler Earflap Hat and Free Pattern

Crochet Toddler Earflap HatCrochet Toddler Earflap Hat

My crochet toddler earflap hat is adapted from one found on Ravelry. We are visiting a friend in Montreal and she has two little ones, so I made this hat for the older boy, and a crochet toddler turban for the one-year-old girl. I didn’t have any aran weight yarn for the toddler earflap hat, so I recreated the hat in DK weight.

I used Garnstudio DROPS yarn with a blend of 50% cotton and 50% superwash merino wool. Kids are messy and get dirty easily, so I didn’t want to burden my friend with kid clothes that had to be handwashed. This hat can be thrown in the wash (with warm water) and then line-dried. This hat is 7″ tall and 21″ in circumference.

Crochet Toddler Earflap Hat

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DIY: Crochet Toddler Turban with Flower and Free Pattern

Crochet Toddler Turban with Flower

I made this little crochet toddler turban for my friend’s one-year-old daughter when we visit them in Montreal this weekend. However, another friend’s almost-two-year-old daughter visited us last weekend and modeled it for photos.  I made the hat a bit bigger so that we can be sure that it will eventually fit her – better too big than too small!

Crochet Toddler Turban with Flower

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DIY: Crochet Buttons and Lace Hat by Sharon Zientara

Crochet Buttons and Lace Hat by Sharon Zientara

I crocheted the buttons and lace hat, designed by Sharon Zientara, using leftover Schachenmayr yarn from my crochet knit-stitch beanie. The pattern is from Quick Crocheted Accessories (3 Skeins or Less) by Interweave, and this pattern used about one and a half skeins of my  burgundy Schachenmayr Merino Extrafine 170 yarn (about 250 m). The yarn isn’t as fuzzy as the alpaca yarn that was used in the pattern sample, but for what it lacks in the halo department it makes up for in stitch definition. The buttons and lace hat itself has a nice drape to it, and it is soft enough that I don’t think it’ll give you hat-hair.

Crochet Buttons and Lace Hat by Sharon Zientara

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DIY: Crochet Cutie Baby Cardigan and Free Pattern

DIY Crochet Cutie Baby Cardigan

Sara Kay Hartmann designed the Crochet Cutie Baby Cardigan, which is published on the Red Heart website. I made up this pattern for our nephew’s first birthday, which is a few weeks away. The Crochet Cutie Baby Cardigan is quite versatile, as it is written for several sizes, from 6 months to 24 months. I chose to make the 24-month size so that our nephew could grow into it by the time he’ll need to wear it for the cold Canadian weather this autumn. Better too big than too small, right?

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