Five Roses

My latest Evergreen book is Five Roses by Alice Zorn. It tells the story of three women living in a rundown Montreal neighbourhood whose lives intersect in interesting ways.Five Roses by Alice Zorn

I didn’t love this book. I don’t even think I liked it. There were elements I really enjoyed – one of the main characters is a weaver and the descriptions of her loom and yarn were quite enjoyable, and a secondary character is a chef from Trinidad (where my family is from) and the descriptions of island food are mouthwatering.

But some of the characters find themselves in really awful and unhealthy situations and it just made me so uncomfortable. I could see how the they got there, they truly did not know any better (this is the type of book that really drives home the importance of properly educating your children, even when the topics might be something you’d rather avoid). There was one scene where a character does something absolutely morally reprehensible yet it’s almost glossed over. Also, everything just wrapped up so neatly. Overall, reading this book made me feel a bit dirty – I wouldn’t recommend it.

Death by Chocolate

Is there anyone who doesn’t like chocolate cake? Years and years ago I came across a recipe for Devil’s Food Cake in Martha Stewart Living magazine.

Devil's Food Cake

It’s a delicious, dense, super chocolatey cake but what really caught my eye was the Mrs. Milman’s Chocolate Frosting that accompanied it. Over the years I’ve played around with that frosting recipe until I came up with the most decadent chocolate frosting in existence. Read on for the recipe!

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Lumberjack, Part 2

The Lumberjack socks I’m making for my brother are coming along quite nicely but I don’t think I’ll be finishing them for this weekend like I had hoped. I lost a big chunk of knitting time because I had to undo the heel.

Knit Picks Stroll Tweed

 

Here’s the heel flap as I had originally knit it. I started to think that there wasn’t enough grey relative to the white portions so I ripped it out and added about 1.5″ more of the grey tweed.

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Happily Ever After, Interlude

A quick update today to show you the progress on my Happily Every After sampler. I finished the banner in the middle so am now officially done with the top half. I love the way the ladies over at Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery use colours, the floral border has this wonderfully nostalgic feel to it thanks to those peach flowers. I really like that central bit and think it might actually look quite nice on its own as a framed piece – perhaps I’ll make it as a gift for someone someday – it was a relatively quick stitch and the colours can be changed around to suit almost any taste.

Frosted Pumpkin Stitchery Happily Ever After Stitch-a-Long

Top half is DONE!

This month’s block is Little House on the Prairie by Laura Ingalls Wilder, another classic that I never actually read (these samplers really make me realize that I’m not as well read as I thought!), I picked up the first three in the series and will regale you with my thoughts when I finish this working on the block.