Monday, July 21, 2014

She knit a blueberry beret

  with the yarn she found at the knitting store, blueberry beret..........

This is one of my favourite knits. One more time, the Churchmouse Koigu Beaded Beret . What can I say,  I love this hat, love knitting it and love wearing it. And yes it does look good on everybody. It is not a slouchy hat nor a beanie. It is just right in the middle.

I knit it with a skein of Shibui Sock Yarn in the Midnight colourway. Now this particular yarn has been discontinued. There are a lot of knitters who are really really unhappy about this. It is a real nice yarn and great to knit with and it has the greatest colours. Shibui people help us out! I stranded the Shibui with Kidsilk Haze Eclipse yarn in the Pisces colourway. The Kidsilk gives the hat a nice halo, not too fuzzy. I don't know if you can see it in my pictures but there is a bit of a blingy blue bit in the yarn too. It gives the hat a little bit of sparkle but not too much. I didn't want to be looking like I was wearing a bunch of tinsel on my head or have it look like a Christmas hat, if you know what I mean. My hair is bright enough, no need to up that ante!

I was in the grocery store last week buying some cartons of blueberries for the freezer. I freeze a lot of berries in the summer. So easy, so good to eat. Anyways an elderly dapper little man walked up to me,  looked me straight in the face and said;

 ' I am buying 6 boxes of blueberries just like you !'
  OK I am thinking, now where is this going..
  And he said ' I am going to eat them until I am blue in the face!'

 And with a wink and a nod off he went. My husband spoke first," how cute is that'. Wow, wonderful to see such a happy positive soul. He reminded me of my dad. He always had a smile and a happy thought for everybody he met. That's pretty special.

I decided to use up the remainder of last years blueberries recently and what better way than making a cake. This is an old recipe, it is super easy, tastes good and uses one bowl. It is a no fuss recipe with ingredients we usually have on hand.

Two Egg Plain Cake

Mix in a bowl

2 cups flour
1.5 cups of sugar
2.5 tsp baking powder
3/4 tsp salt

1/2 butter
2/3 cup milk- I use buttermilk or sour sour cream or yogurt
1 tsp vanilla

 mix that all up

then add
2 eggs
1/4 cup milk

I pour it into a 13x9 inch glass pan
At this point I distribute any frozen or fresh fruit on top, then a sprinkle of sugar

Bake at 350 for 30 plus minutes. depends on if your fruit is fresh or frozen
You can serve it with ice cream, frozen yogurt or even better cream cheese icing!


The weather has cooled a bit so I can do some painting again. It was so hot and dry the paint was drying before I could paint out the brush strokes. I have my eye on this

I did start a new knitting project too

I will keep you posted!

Happy knitting friends!

Keep smiling



  1. What a pretty hat! So many hat patterns now are for slouchy hats, and they just don't work for me. That's too bad that the yarn is discontinued. I always wonder why yarn companies discontinue making yarns that are popular. It makes no sense.

  2. Thanks Kristie, I don't look very good in anything too slouchy or beanies . I wonder why these companies discontinue such popular yarns too. I wonder if it's too much competition in that category, or supply issues or profit margin concerns. It's too bad as this yarn is good for so many things and the colours palette was great. Too bad. Nice to have it cooler now!

  3. The colour of your new hat is beautiful!! What a fabulous shade. The cake looks delicious as well! xx

  4. Thank you very much Amy! It seems funny to put on a hat when it's 30 deg out. In a few months I will have a change of heart I am sure. Thanks for popping by and a happy week to you! Chris

  5. Goodness you are so talented! Your beret is gorgeous! And thank you so much for that yummy recipe! I love blueberries and this one looks delicious!!!! Happy week you! Nicole xo

    1. Thank you Nicole! I had planned to knit it last fall, but I got distracted on a few other projects! I can't believe I bought more blueberries yesterday , Kristie posted a great pie recipe and it looks soo good. Have a good day.

  6. Love the blue beret you look fantastic with it on. I love blueberries myself, yum.

    1. Aw ww thanks Meredith, that was my first selfie, took some rather odd pictures! Blueberries are the best and they are so good for you too. Have a happy week Chris

  7. When are you opening up your Etsy shop? :o) That cake looks great and I love that older man's attitude. What a cool guy! LOVE the beret!

    1. Thank you Tammy! That would take thought, planning, action and motivation, all in short supply right now lol. You have spurred me to think in a different direction though! I will keep you posted.

  8. I freeze fruit when it's in season, too! LOVE your pretty beret! I think we must have the same hair! I'll go see if I find another photo of you! Enjoy your afternoon! Hugs, Diane

  9. Thank you Diane and yes I do believe we have the same hair. Can't lose us in a crowd! It sure is great to be able to pull fruit out of the freezer in the wintertime. Thanks for dropping by and thanks for being a new follower. I look forward to following you as well. Have a great week Chris

  10. I like the hat and the colour is beautiful. My knitting needles have been neglected; perhaps it's time to change that.


  11. Thank you Karen and thanks for popping by. I enjoy knitting hats, they are smaller portable projects.Always look forward to my knitting!! I look forward to following you too!! Your garden is beautiful! Chris

  12. Such a cute beret! The yarn you're using for you shawl is so pretty! What yarn is it? xx

  13. Thanks! It is Mulberry Yarn Cashmerino fine in Raspberry and Squash. It's super soft and lovely to knit with.


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