7th June 2015 in DIY & Home decor
After seeing some photos of some pretty knitted poufs in stylish homes, I decided I wanted one. But man, they were so expensive! I started researching the feasibility of making my own and soon found this knit pattern. It’s actually super easy even for a beginner like me!
Norwegian readers: follow the pattern linked, for English readers I’ll explain below and link to English videos for various techniques!
I went yarn hunting and found some pretty 100% wool yarn. You can use any material yarn you fancy, but I think wool gives it a more luxury/expensive look. I initially wanted white for my neutral colour scheme, but decided it would get dirty quickly and settled for this pretty heather grey instead. The pattern calls for a thick yarn type, but I couldn’t find any of good quality. Luckily I got a tip from the lady in the store that I could use a thin thread yarn and put 4 strands together to make ‘one thick thread’ and it would do the same trick. That basically meant I used 4 nests of yarn for each “thread”. The last time I touched knitting needles was back in primary school and had I to re-teach myself how to knit with this project. Please excuse my lack of knowledge of knitting terminology as I am no knitting expert! I used about 800g of yarn and 35 stitches for the “height”.
- 16 x 50g balls of yarn – or any other weight yarn that makes up a total of 800g (I used Vamsegarn in 100% wool from Husfliden)
- Circular knitting needles size 10mm, 80-100cm long
- Strong thread/yarn for sewing the sides
- Crochet hook*
- Waste yarn in a contrasting colour*
- A big needle
- A couple duvets for stuffing – adjust according to how soft/hard you want the pouf
* Optional if you want to do provisional crochet cast on for a seamless look
- 35 stitches
- Garter stitch
- Optional: start with provisional crochet cast on for a seamless look. Finish with binding off the two shorter sides using the provisional cast on as shown here. I couldn’t find a video in English, but hopefully you’ll be able to follow the visuals!
Cast on 35 stitches – either normal or use provisional crochet cast on for a seamless look.
Do garter stitches until you have just enough yarn left to bind off/cast off and sew the sides.
Bind off the end and carefully sew the short sides together. If you’ve used provisional cast on, follow the binding off technique here.
Sew one of the long sides together using a strong thread, otherwise the yarn will snap as you use a lot of force to make it tight!
Form one duvet into a ball and cover it with the other duvet. Make the ball as smooth as possible and stuff it into the knitted case.
Sew the last side shut.
3rd June 2015 in Beauty
The Body Shop is one of my favourite places for body products, especially their yummy body butters! They bring out a few limited edition ranges/scents every now and then, and they recently launched my current favourite: Fuji Green Tea. Did I mention I love green tea? I usually brew myself a cup every evening as I find it very relaxing and calming.
I got the Fuji Green Tea shower gel, body butter and “bath tea” which is a bath salt. The scent honestly brings such a nice home spa atmosphere. When I swatched the body butter in store I thought it was a bit too light for my dry skin but bought it anyway because it smelled so heavenly. After slathering it all over my legs for a week now, I have to say I was totally wrong. It’s not thick and heavy like the Raspberry and Vineyard Peach body butters are (my other favourites for dry skin), but yet miraculously manages to be quite nourishing! The consistency is a bit like soft butter. I love it.
The “bath tea” is a nifty one and I confess was probably the main reason I fell in love with this range. You fill the ‘tea bath infuser’ with the bath salt and lower it into your bath, it even has a nice hook at the end of its chain so you can hook it up and won’t have to look for it at the end of your bath. Isn’t it nifty?? I bought this for a friend as well as she has a bath tub and loves having a soak, and she agrees it smells like proper spa.
This hasn’t been marketed as a limited edition as far as I know and I really hope this is/becomes a permanent part of their collection as I love me some spa time. Seriously. Get on it now!
Fuji Green Tea from The Body Shop (UK)
31st May 2015 in Beauty
On an everyday basis I can’t be bothered to spend more than 5 minutes on makeup. Thankfully my skin is pretty clear, which means if it came down to the bare minimum, all I would really have to do is to cover up those pesky dark under eye circles. But sometimes we like to pamper ourselves to a little more than just the bare necessities, am I right?
If I’m getting ready for a work day I want something light, quick and trustworthy, something I know I don’t have to touch up on or check on. And obviously it needs to be dewy and fresh-looking to make me look like I’ve actually slept the night through. Here are my current favourites for a natural everyday look!
20th April 2015 in Home decor
These delicate blue/violet flowers native to northern Europe are one of the first early signs of spring arriving in Scandinavia. Their season is almost over and I managed to snag the only 3 I could see in the woods. I never quite get used to how fast they disappear. When I went for a run on Sunday a week ago the forest floor was covered in them!
When the parents have had a spring clean in the garden and pruned all the fruit bearing trees, it means I get to harvest all the beautiful branches I want. I usually spend a small fortune on cherry blossom branches in late winter/early spring from the florist to decorate my home, but now I get them for free! Soon enough these will start flowering and I’m excited to see whether I’ve managed to snag cherry, apple, pear or plum!
Despite the odd snow shower we’ve been blessed with good weather and plenty of sunshine lately. That means I’m favouring more light and dewy bases with good SPF. The latest one I picked up is the Estee Lauder DayWear BB cream in Light and I like it! I really want to get my mittens on the new BareMinerals Complexion Rescue as well, heard only good stuff about it and it sounds right up my street!
1st April 2015 in Beauty
In my teenage years I was one of those lucky ones who weren’t particularly prone to spawning pimples like there was no tomorrow. Seems to me the sebum started catching up to me as I have recently been battling constant breakouts on my chin and around my nose for nearly a year. They were nice enough to only show up one at a time, but they always came up huge and red and sore. As soon as I started treating one and it started receding, another one popped up. A vicious cycle. I couldn’t use too astringent lotions and potions to combat the spot monster due to my dry skin (yes, you can still get spots with very dry skin!), but I did switch some things out in my skincare routine and I think I know which one made a real difference.