What I’m Into Now: Beet Blush

Through the many splendoured thing that is Pinterest, I came across an interesting tutorial on making blush from beets. And considering that I had all the ingredients already in my home, I figured I could totally take 30 mins to experiment with this.

I peeled and chopped one beet, and mixed it with 1 tablespoon of glycerine and cooked it in a double broiler, as per the instructions. I had an old roll-on eyeshadow that I pried open and cleaned out, making it the perfect container for my beet blush. I don’t think I could have chosen a better container, the roll on is so easy to manage and there’s no mess.

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I couldn’t’ find a better spot to take a photo of this. Just a quick bathroom snap!

And the result? Love it! The colour is really build-able, so it can be as light or dark as you want, and different types of beets can yield different shades. Mine were just plain old red beets, but I’d like to try with some of the more pinkish hued beets out there.  The next time I make this (and heck yes, there will be a next time) I’m going to use less glycerine, maybe 1 teaspoon, and add a tiny bit of water just to make the texture a little less dewy. Glycerine is great moisturizer. I’m also wearing it in the photos as a lip stain, too. I love multitasking products.
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These photos were taken this morning, and poor Gatsby, although wanting to fling himself down at my feet and demand tummy rubs, was totally not interested in having his photo taken this morning. At all. 

Modification Monday: Shifting Sands Cardi

Original Pattern: Shifting Sands

Knitter Extraordinaire: Onkuri  (Ravelry ID, blog)

Mods: Turned the scarf pattern (oh yes, you read that correctly- a scarf) into a cardigan. Great details can be found on her blog post here, and her project page, here.

What Makes This Awesome: So many clever things about this knit. I love that she fully incorporated the scarf into the cardigan. The scarf portion is divided into three sections for the collar and neck, which is a clever way to do the shaping. I even love the colour!! such a beautiful knit.

Design in Progress

I’m working on a new design, which isn’t quite top secret, so I thought I’d blog about it a bit! It’s another summery tank, and I’m hoping to have it completed and ready for launch early July. This is the teaser photo I’ll leave you with:

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 I can’t say enough great things about this Silver Label Tanis Fiber Arts 100% mulberry silk yarn. Okay, it’s not super cheap, but it feels like absolute heaven. I’d probably be finished this already if I didn’t take so many breaks to stop and squish the knitted fabric, and rub it against my cheek. And even G was touching it and exclaiming, ‘what’s this made of? It’s amazing!’ It’s just incredible.

Modification Monday: Corrie Fair Isle Mitts

Original Pattern: Corrie Fair Isle Vest

Knitter Extraordinaire: Caroline (Ravelry ID)

Mods: Took the colourwork chart from the vest pattern and made fair isle fingerless mitts instead. Details, including a great chart for the thumb gusset, can be found on her project page here.

What Makes This Awesome: Caroline is back on Mod Mondays with another gorgeous take on turning a big colourwork project into a smaller one. I’m so impressed are how well she scaled down the pattern, and the thumb gusset in the pattern is fantastic. Smaller colourwork projects are a great way to try out fair isle without the commitment of a huge project. And I love stranded mitts! They are beautiful.