Month: September 2016

A little knotted toque

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On Friday it was the first cooler day here in Ottawa this year. Not really cold, but enough to protect the monster’s ears while at the playground. But when I put his beloved grey Hamburg toque on, I noticed that it has gotten quite a bit tighter since he last wore it in spring and bearly covered his ears…

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So I made him a slightly bigger one today while he was napping, copying the shape of the grey toque. And once again, I really apprechiated my new walking foot. It made it so nice and easy to sew the knit fabric, even to line up the stripes along the side seam. I really like the navy and yellow stripes and they go really well with almost all of his clothes. It is only a light jersey toque for fall though, once the really frosty days start, we’ll have to find or make a warmer one!

We tried to get a nice picture of the monster and his new toque at the playground today, but he was not cooperating. I tried again after we came home, but he wouldn’t keep it on for even 2 seconds… 😉

UPDATE (26 Sep 2016):

I was luckier today, so here we go! And he even kept it on the entire time! And even better: we got some compliments from another mom for “this adorable toque” – that totally made my day! 🙂

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Floral PJs

After all the kids projects that have kept me busy lately, I made something for myself once again. I am the proud owner of these very girly, floral PJ pants! 🙂

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Well, I think they’ll actually be more my running-around-at-home pants – but anyways, aren’t they pretty?! I was first thinking of using some bold pink as contrasting color for the waist band, drawstring and inside the pockets, but then I preferred the light aqua color. I’m actually wearing them right now, so comfy! 😉

Little night owls

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Last week a little Swedish boy named Dag was born… 💛

Not knowing the baby’s gender when I made this sleeping bag a few weeks ago, I chose what I think is a neutral fabric – aren’t those little owls the cutest? – and lined it with some soft white flannel. In order to prevent any irritation from the zipper, I also added a little fabric flap at the neck.

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I really like the concept of sleeping bags (especially when the little ones start rolling around) and still use them with our monster, too. Now I’m just curious to hear how Dag will sleep in there!

Congratulations again to the proud parents, Moa and Anders, to their beautiful son!! 💛

A mini quilt

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There have been some more baby preparations after setting up a second crib in the kids’ room about two weeks ago. We still have basically all essentials from the first monster – except for a box of newborn diapers that I got earlier this week 😉 – but I really wanted to make something special for him. So I made a baby quilt!

After the quilt for my sister and her husband I had the strong feeling that this wouldn’t be my last one and got myself a few tools to make my future quilting life a little easier. Namely, those were a rotary cutter, a giant package of curved safety pins (you can see those awesome little guys in action in the bottom picture 😉) and – most importantly – a walking foot for my sewing machine. This last one was actually mostly coincidence. I had just mentioned to one of the ladies in the fabric store that I had found it a bit tricky to prevent the three layers from moving against each other while quilting the fabric and batting sandwich together, when she asked me why I wasn’t using a walking foot which was designed exactly for that purpose. Not that I hadn’t had this idea before, but during my own research I found out that Pfaff doesn’t offer one for my specific model of sewing machine. So I assumed that this was it and tried to find peace with that fact. But as it turns out, sewing machine accessories are sometimes more compatible between different manufacturers than I had imagined and my friends had a Janome foot for me that works like a charm with my Pfaff. It’s a bit of a noisy fellow, but it really was like making myself an early Christmas present when trying it out for the first time and now I just love its little “click click click”! 🙂

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And even better: my wonderful husband also made me a wooden cutting template (more durable than cardboard, but a lot cheaper than those fancy acrylic quilting rulers!) according to my specified dimensions.

I don’t want to say that making a quilt isn’t still a time-consuming business, but I really feel like I saved a lot of time with this one thanks to these little helpers. 😉 To be honest, part of it was of course just due to the smaller size of the quilt (about 1m x 1m) which made things a lot easier and faster…

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Do you like the little triangles? There are so many a lot more elaborate designs out there, but compared to the simple squares from last time, I felt almost a little adventurous. And I really like the combination of the lime and navy hues. Can’t wait to actually use the baby quilt!

Some very green Spaetzle

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Last night, we had colorful spaetzle for supper once again. But unlike last time, where I added some veggies for color, this time the spaetzle themselves were turned green. I still had a few handful of spinach in the fridge that had to go, so I blanched and pureed it and mixed it into the spatzle batter. I also added the rest of the pesto that I had made from all the basil in our garden two or three weeks ago, which was not really enough for a pasta meal for two people and which I had therefore put in the freezer in order to wait for an occasion like this one.

And together with the grated Emmentaler cheese and the roasted onions it turned out quite yummy, even the monster really liked those funny green worms. 😉

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Sweet and savory pizza

It was pizza night once again at our house yesterday – a nice and quiet one as the monster was already asleep. 🙂

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It was time for another tomato free and meat free pizza experiment. So I used sour cream with salt, pepper and nutmeg (of course!) as a basis on a thin crust, then topped it with caramalized Balsamico onions, pear slices, crumbled blue cheese, sliced almonds and some fresh thyme. I had seen a similar combination with figs a little while ago, but thought that pears would be a great choice, too. And they were! So yummy – I must have a real sweet spot for sweet and savory food!