DIY: Crochet Pineapple Toque and Free Pattern

Crochet Pineapple Toque with Free Pattern
Crochet Pineapple Toque with Free Pattern Crochet Pineapple Toque with Free Pattern

I started this crochet pineapple toque several times over the last few months, and I finally got around to finishing it! The lattice-like effect is easily done with double crochet stitches in two colours of yarn, and topping the hat with a pom pom made us think of pineapples. The crochet stitches are rather dense, so the toque is quite firm and not as squishy as some other hats, but I think that just adds to the warmth factor.

This hat is nicely done up in two contrasting colours of yarn from Ewe Knit here in Toronto. I chose light beige and a rusty orange Drops Nepal yarns that are 65% wool and 35% alpaca.Crochet Pineapple Toque with Free Pattern

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Rome, the Eternal City

Rome, the Eternal City

Rome was our last stop in Italy after Bologna. We dropped our bags at the hostel and set out to explore on foot!

Rome, the Eternal City Rome, the Eternal City

Rome is such a great historical city. Ryan and I would wander the small side streets then turn a corner and catch our first glimpse of the Colloseum off in the distance.

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Roma Eats: La Carbonara

La Carbonara

When we got to Rome, Ryan looked up some nearby restaurants where we could have lunch. He found La Carbonara, open since 1906, which exceeded all of our expectations.

La Carbonara

La Carbonara is a small, family-run restaurant just an easy walk from the Roma Termini.

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Bologna in Bologna, the Learned, the Fat, the Red

Bologna in Bologna

Bologna was our next stop after Parma and Modena. Bologna is often called La Grassa (the Fat One) because of the city’s tremendous cuisine, and we made sure to eat our fill here. We stayed at a bed and breakfast in what seemed to be a couple’s apartment off Via Guglielmo Marconi. Our room was the Red Room, with red bedding, red rug, red tablecloth, and an iron four-poster bed with red curtains – quite fitting when staying in a city also known as La Rossa (the Red One), so named because of the red roofs and the city’s historical socialist leanings.

Bologna in Bologna

We dropped our stuff at the B&B and looked up some things to do on the map the hostess provided, and we were on our way! First up was lunch, so we headed to a place just inside the old town that is famous for its fresh pasta. Pasta Fresca Naldi, however, was closed for the summer, with a sign in the window saying that it would reopen in September. Darn! However, there was another restaurant just up the street on Via Del Pratello, so we sat for lunch. We got a table on the rather empty patio and ordered water. Italian restaurants don’t seem to offer free tap water, possibly because most of the towns have public taps and fountains with cold, fresh, potable water.

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One Bowl Brownies

One Bowl Brownies Here’s an easy recipe for simple one bowl brownies. Even though there is no melted chocolate in this recipe, the cocoa and the beating of the mixture allows for the one bowl brownies to be squidgy and fudgy. Although these decadent brownies are dense and fudgy as well, they use rather a lot of melted chocolate. If you don’t have that much chocolate on hand, these one bowl brownies fit the bill quite nicely. Plus, you only use one bowl so cleanup is super quick and easy! This recipe is adapted from the one over at Cafe Delights.

One Bowl Brownies One Bowl Brownies

These are a great basic brownie that you can personalize to your heart’s content: try adding 1/2 cup of either white chocolate chips, chopped walnuts, chopped peanuts, dried coconut, Smarties, crushed peppermints, mini marshmallows, or butterscotch chips to the brownie batter before pouring it into the prepared pan.

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