Knit Pattern: Garter Stitch Mobius Cowl for Babies and Toddlers

This cowl was the result of my needing something to keep from fidgeting during a language course last year. As was usual in the autumn, I started carrying yarn and needles around in my bag to keep my hands occupied. This led to my friend wanting to pick up knitting again and asking for a simple but practical beginner pattern. Scarves, I told her. Great, my girls need scarves, she said. But not the dangly ones — an infinity sort that will sit neatly because we have to put so many layers on them during the winter, she added. So we started …

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Crafty Update

It has been three years since I posted my last craft update, much to my dismay. Disappointing especially since I had all these plans for doing baby stuff, only to have time run out on me. There is light at the end of the tunnel, however, with the little person finally letting me get more things done around the house so that I can consider having a bit of personal time again. A cute pink lace tam that first appeared in the show “Once Upon a Time”. Pattern reverse-engineered by a dedicated knitter fan. Done in a squishy soft alpaca yarn …

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Lush Oatifix Fresh Face Mask

  This, you guys, is awesome stuff. Remember those OMGHIVESONMYFACE moments I talked about a while back? Yeah, I had one recently while testing out an as-yet-to-be-reviewed serum. Like, seriously, I ended up giving myself an unintentional chemical peel, my face was so blotchy, red and gross. Like a sunburn, only I hadn’t really been outside enough for one of those. Given, I suspect this was the result of pregnancy-related oversensitivity, hence why I haven’t officially reviewed the product that caused it yet. So anyway, there I was, staring at the mirror and wondering what I could possibly do to …

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Lush Full of Grace Facial Serum

This funny-looking thing is a facial serum, Lush’s Full of Grace. It is probably the most un-serumy serum I’ve ever tried, and actually the first one that I’ve gone to the bother of purchasing on my own. It was probably the unorthodox presentation that led me to buy it in the first place, since I tend to have magpie tendencies for cosmetics in odd formats. The ingredients list sounded interesting, too – murumuru and cupuacu butters (like palm and cocoa butter, but not), calamine, rose petal infusion, almond oil, rose oil and portabello mushrooms. Mushrooms, really? They say it has skin-protecting vitamins and …

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Kenzo Flower Tag

I rarely mention cosmetics and toiletries here, despite my having a serious weakness for wandering into places like Sephora and leaving with a bag of impulse purchases. So yes, going to start talking about them a bit here, if only so I can recall later on which ones worked and which ones didn’t. In fact, I think the only time I wrote about a perfume here was that one post when I was so offended by Angel that I had to get it off my chest. Well, you know what they say about how much easier it is to write …

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Hotel Chocolat’s Cocoa Juvenate Hand & Body Lotion

This stuff has been my lotion obsession for the past year. At £17 for a 290mL bottle, it’s probably not the best habit for my pocketbook, but it just makes me so happy whenever I use it. Still less guilt-inducing than when I occasionally cave for a bottle of Molton Brown, I suppose. I first ran across it when we were out in London last spring for a friend’s wedding. We stopped into Hotel Chocolat to get some gifts for family and friends and I was surprised to find that they had started making a bath and body product line. I …

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Commissions Portfolio: Anime & Manga

I’ve done more than a handful of custom orders over the years. I take personal commissions when I have time between larger projects, based mostly on (1) how obsessed I currently am with that particular fandom or timeframe and/or (2) how challenging it promises to be. Construction is its own joy when you see something gain personality with every stitch. Requests for custom recreations of animated costumes occasionally come my way. They are usually fun (lots of colors and interesting lines) but it can sometimes get tricky finding a good fabric match and construction technique for the odder projects. Kagura Sohma …

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