Month: November 2014

Turmeric: Part 1

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Please don’t try this if you’re allergic to any of the ingredients/have never tried them! I did a patch test of the face mask on my arm, and then on my cheek the very first time I used this mask to make sure I had no reaction, I suggest you do the same!!!

This is the miracle working face mask. Turmeric is magical… which is why there will be a part 2! Because ever since I started using this face mask, I’ve been dying to dye (no pun intended!) some plain wool with turmeric. That will be my part 2, once I get around to it (dying gets harder in the winter here because it’s impossible to hang up the yarn to dry!)

This is hands down my favorite DIY facemask. I love (love love) DIY anything, especially “beauty” treatments. Over the years I’ve tried everything (especially during childhood sleepovers with girlfriends, hello egg-yolk facemasks!). Nowadays there’s only two I stick to: this one, and plain raw honey on the face.

What this mask does:

  • Brightens the skin
  • Evens out skintone (I find it lightens my under eye circle and relieves hyperpigmentation around the mouth)
  • Help with pimples
  • Provides amazing gentle exfoliation when you (gently) rub it off with warm water
  • Gets your boyfriend to say “I can tell you’re wearing foundation today!” when you aren’t wearing the tiniest speck of makeup at all! I suppose you could interpret that as “Your face looks cakey”, but I went with the “Wow your face is flawless you must be wearing makeup!” interpretation- and I’m sticking to it!

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Rimmel Lasting Finish Reviews

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Throughout the years I’ve come around to red lipstick. Today it’s one of the things I wear most often. I go through phases, as I’m assuming you all do as well. Currently I don’t really wear any makeup. I wake up, moisturize and go! But if I am going to put on makeup, the first thing I reach for is a red lipstick. Sometimes I love putting on beautiful red lips with a casual t-shirt and jeans. I don’t think any other makeup makes me feel quite like the red lips do. I feel like I have the force of a thousand powerful beautiful women behind me. It makes me feel a little bit prettier, a little bit taller, and a little bit more sure of myself. And I love it.

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Because winter really is coming!

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When I first met B, a little over two years ago, he would constantly pester me to watch game of thrones (some artistic liberty is taken here… he mentioned it maybe once a month…) Since I spend so much time on ravelry (seriously, I wish that there was a website as active as ravelry in the sewing community… burdastyle just isn’t the same!) I eventually used the search pattern function to look up game of thrones patterns. I casually mentioned this to B at one point… my words sounding something like:

Me – So I saw a kind of cute mitten pattern that’s supposed to be related to game of thrones… it’s like… a direwolf or something?

B – The stark sigil!?!?!?!?! (emphasis on the exclamation, he’s not a very expressive person)

Since B’s hands are always (I mean ALWAYS) cold, and I always annoy him to wear gloves or mittens in “cold” weather (below five or ten degrees, celsius) which is about 60% of the year, I decided to knit him these wolf mittens.

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He accompanied me to michaels to pick out some patons 100% wool. This was before I knew of the proximity of my LYS. We picked out dark gray and light gray marl, and I got to knitting.

So how come these are only being shared now?

Well firstly I hadn’t started a blog back then…

Secondly I just finished them this week.

I have knitted these guys not once, not twice, but THREE times, with the same yarn. In between failed attempts I moved on to different projects, which I also never blogged about (including my own herringbone mittens which B wasn’t happy about “How come you finished your own mittens but you can’t finish mine?”). The pattern isn’t hard. It’s actually really simple. I’m just extremely challenged.

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Here’s a rundown of the mistakes I made in each iteration of the mittens:

1. I knitted the cuff with 3.5 mm needles, and moved to 4 mm needles for the body… I denied the mittens being too large until I ended up with a 40 cm long mitten (this seems to be a theme in my knitting…)

2. I knitted the whole mitten with 3.5 mm needles, and did the thumb in plain gray marl because I didn’t like the checker board thumb in the pattern. I didn’t leave my floats long enough so the gusset came out all lumpy, and the resulting thumb was so tight even I couldn’t fit in it.

3. I knitted the whole mitten with 3.5 mm needles and charted up a thumb gusset / thumb pattern that would match the “snowflakes” of the front of the mitten.

Here’s an attempt at making a “spread” of the mittens (my photography skills needs to improve!):

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