You heard me correctly. This may be Thanksgiving but I’m not talking cranberries. Let’s talk calm thoughts, wrap up in our winter woollies and get straight to cakes. You see, my creative, talented auntie knits cakes by the dozen. Deliciously bright and colourful, woolly cakes. Auntie Shirley’s masterpieces have been seen in high-end jewellers’ boutiques in Edinburgh, local charity fares, and are in constant demand in certain Scottish castles. Now they’re making their appearance in the French court at Versailles.
She used to knit us booties; then it was pom-pom hats; then dresses; then sweaters; then dolls. I distinctly remember Sweetie-Pie who adorned a sleeping face on one side – while the other side (covered with a bonnet) was hiding a smiling day face, all ready to be changed out of her pyjamas. It sure beat Barbie any day.
Then, noticing that my daughters were becoming more obsessed with food than dolls, she produced these sumptious cakes and sent them to Paris.
Fruit tartlets, marshmallows, swiss rolls, cherry cakes, and chocolate-chip cookies - all whipped up using a couple of clicking knitting needles! There’s no need to worry about the children asking for more: they’re totally fat-free, gluten-free, sugar-free, dairy free, and guilt free. My girls have created their own dreamy Paris Pâtisserie, selling their knitted confections using plastic euros. Go for it, kids. You sell them at a high price, just like Ladurée and Pierre Hermé’s luxurious macarons.
Auntie Shirley’s latest oeuvre, however, was for myself. She took the plunge and produced macarons. These macarons are made out of wool felt.
It felt funny (pun intended), passing them around at a recent family party since many had to do a double take – they were so realistic.
Auntie Shirley loves a challenge with knitting designs. She also knits Liquorice Allsorts – or as my talented friend, Carol Gillott points out – they’re Good & Plenty candies…
I still can’t knit for sticky toffee. All I can remember is struggling as a youngster to do a Brownie badge: “in, over, through and out”. Most of the time, loops of wool would fall off the end of the knitting needle, as Mum and Auntie Shirley would try and save my holy scarves from wreck and ruin. That Dr. Who scarf somehow never happened. I do also love a challenge, though.
Well, Auntie Shirley, I have finally made some woollen pastries inspired by you to say thank you for all the knitted fun. Stay tuned on le blog for a bright and cheery festive afternoon tea with more woolly cakes. They’re not sugar-free, though, and they also contain some calories…
In the meantime, what about a Big Mac and french fries?