Month: October 2016

A small warm toque

We have had our first snow here in Ottawa two days ago… It has still been mild and fortunately, the rain washed it all away quickly, but it was enough to make me decide to knit a little winter toque while waiting for the new family member.

In order to figure out a design, I looked at my yarn stash and the toques that I made last year… and almost immediately decided to make one to match Daddy’s grey and green snowflake toque. So here it is – I just finished it! 🙂

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I could only fit a small part of the snowflake pattern into the newborn dimensions, but I think it still looks really nice. And of course, I had to scale Daddy’s massive pompom down quite a bit!

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So little monster, we’re ready, please don’t make us wait too much longer! 😉

UPDATE (5 Nov 2016):

The toque has been worn for the first time yesterday! And I think it did a great job keeping a pair of tiny little ears nice and warm. 🙂 It was not a real winter day yet, but the wind was quite cool, and at least I now know that it fits and that we are ready for the real frost!

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Un petit papillon


It’s been a little while since my last sewn card, so here I’m back with another one!

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After seeing a similar fabric butterfly on Pinterest the other day I had to immediately give it a try and after I found some coordinating fabric scraps, this became my spontaneous evening project. The original was actually a brooch by Abigail Brown (the picture linked to an Etsy shop that seems to not exist any longer…), but I decided to make a birthday card instead. I’m quite happy with how the butterfly turned out, but I think I need to practice some handwriting… 😉

Happy birthday, dear Doris! 💛

Autumn trifles

Paul and I are in charge of bringing dessert to today’s Thanksgiving supper, so we had a very sweet kitchen date yesterday. 😉

While he chose to make his signature pumpkin pie, I decided to try something new and make my first ever trifle. I used our small juice glasses because I find scooping portions on individual plates from a big bowl of trifle always seems to be a rather messy business.

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Et voilà: a layer of almond sponge cake, covered with some plum compote that I made a few weeks ago and topped with a scrumptious (and very healthy…) cream of mascarpone, whipped cream and yoghurt. Instead of chocolate chips as I first intended, I sprinkled the result with a bit of müsli crunch which I spiced up with cinnamon.

And here is Paul’s pie! All the spices that he used made the kitchen smell so yummy, almost Christmasy! 🙂

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Can’t wait for the big feast – maybe I should have skipped breakfast though! 😛

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone!