bat | cat hat

It's not too late to make this for Hallowe'en. Original zsa mask pattern via smalleand pinterestMy pattern notes below. Pattern was created by Mme ZsaZsa.

This is the easiest, fastest hat to make. I originally made this for Auggie because he wanted to be a black cat for Hallowe'en. He's since changed his mind, but now we have a hat.

This would be good for a bat, cat or Batman costume and it's nice and cozy. Don't be lazy and knit this in the round — the seaming helps the hat hold it's shape :) This is a good seaming tutorial if you are new to it.

I used Blue Sky Worsted cotton (the same as for the Windy scarf) in Ink but if Auggie hadn't specified black I would have used the Graphite. I would only use cotton for this hat unless we lived in the Yukon — it's a thick knit.

spinach walnut pesto

This is a nice early fall dish — easy. It's really good with a crunchy salad that has a little bitterness, acid or spice (like cucumber salad with lemon and chili oil). Also really good with butternut squash pasta or grilled salmon. I started making this for my son as a break from noodles and cheese, so I've been making it a lot.

This pesto needs a generous hand with the salt and pepper. Course salt on the table is a good idea, it's easy to over- or under-season. Try not to put too in much spinach or it will lose its delicate flavour.

Spinach walnut pesto
serves 4 – 6


Cooked pasta

1 clove garlic (maybe more if serving to cool hippie children or adults)
3/4 cup walnuts
3 oz spinach (about 3 handfuls)
1/2 cup grated parmesan
3 – 4 Tablespoons olive oil
4 Tablespoons cold water
bunch fresh basil, stems removed
1/2 lemon:  juice + zest
1/2 teaspoon sea salt + more for the table


1. Toast the walnuts in a pan or the stove until they smell toasty. Set aside to cool.

2. Boil, drain and set aside pasta, reserving 1/2 cup water before draining.

3. Put everything else in a blender or food processor and let it blend until it is a very creamy paste. If you are serving to a picky little person make sure you give it an extra stir and an extra blend here or they will find a tiny piece of whole spinach and have a breakdown.

4. Toss together pasta, reserved water and pasta.

Unused pesto will keep refrigerated in an airtight container for a couple of days.

I like to put this on the table because it's something Auggie will eat and it has protein and vegetables in it. I also like it because it's a fast vegetarian dish which has protein and isn't just cheesy pasta. Leftovers go well with everything.

first day of fall

Last night we welcomed fall by eating kabocha korroke (pumpkin croquettes). We also had a carribbean storm roll, which is spicy and covered in bonito flakes. Black cod salad, too. I Sushi — good, a little family style. I also bought some copper nail polish from the corner drugstore.

The sky's gone completely grey. It is a little sad. It does make the roses look electric.