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.
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.
I 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!
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!