10 stitch blanket

Knitting Journey: Learning Recap


Current Project
10 Stitch blanket using a wrap and turn.
Pattern using
Got this pattern from youtube and was directed to the above link, its a blanket that doesnt require you to have the longest circular needles, as only ten stitches are on your needle. Its really pretty and you can see the pattern emerging as you go along.

What I've Learnt
  1. Stockinette, annoyingly curls around, so to counter it I have to slip the first knit stitches on the knit row to accomodate.
  2. As regards to a beginner knitter, I have even consistency with my knitting, my rows and columns are rarely different sizes
  3. I've practiced with backward/mirror knitting as its easy not to turn the work, but I've found that I am actually faster at purling and turning the work. 
  4. I am an english knitter, which means I hold my working yarn in my right hand.
  5. I throw the yarn.
  6. I pull my tension, my knitting is tight, I can't pull it apart that far, so it doesnt have that much stretch.

    Knitting Society Websites
    Ravely.com- Really good for sharing patterns, reminds me of the very old myspace layout. Love this
    website, I'm there under Knitnatnat
    VogueKnitting.com- Patterns galore, yarns galore, its basically a magazine format, so expect the same as you would with cosmopolitan just centred around knitting with this. Great thing is that the mag can be downloaded onto tablets, and its subsidery magazines such as knitsimple have written patterns and difficulty rating next to a featured spread. Its really exciting to see a gorgeous knitted jumper in the mag and realiseing it gives you the exact pattern to create it. A* for Pattern Inspo!!!
    WoolWarehouse.co.uk- Not a society but more of a shop, anything that you could possibly want in the world to do with knitting you can find here.
    Craftsy.com- Login and share your work with millions of people, learn how to knit (I personally find youtube the best for this) buy yarn, joining the community lets you share with other likeminded people your projects and patterns.
    Knittingparadise.com- Old fashioned forum, the holey (hehe see what I did) grail of community online. post your questions wait for a reply, get notified and just carry on chatting. It also has pictures of some of the most gorgeous lacework I have ever seen, it gives a beginner knitter like myself the real urge to own in on the craft.
    Pinterest- You when your really interested in something and then you basically source all inspirational ideas online and stick em in one place, where you can go and look at your virtual interest shrine and marvel at it. Well thats pinterest, its used for everything you want to keep really. Like a viral notebook. Search for knitting charts, lace patterns and pictures, all an HASHTAG away.
Right then beauties, if your a knitter, I'd love to know your ravely ID/username. If you've ever thought about knitting but never actually got round to it, feel free to tweet me and I'll introduce you to some really easy youtube videos that cover all the basics for you. If you just intrigued pop a comment on this post and I'll reply sooner than you think.


Clinique Three Little Soaps: Review


Good Day Beautifuls'
I was desperate to get a good cleanser, I had been using clearasil while I stayed at my boyfriends house during summer, and was using my mums elemis pro-radiance cleanser while I stayed at home. I wanted my own, I had slept at my friends a couple of nights and had a bath at hers, and she let me use her clinique soaps, at first glance they seemed amazing and when we went shopping I picked on up in HoF for £12.50. I have been using it for over a month now, I've been alternating between cleansers as I am never in the same bed more than 3 nights a week, but one week I was in my bed, at my mums for a full week and BAM, SPOTS ALL OVER MY CHIN. 

Its really annoying when that happens because you get a good cleanser to basically get rid of your spots and here I was using a prestigious beauty brand who has won award after awards for amazing skincare and it was making me a zitty mess, my high hopes were shattered.
I spoke to my friend after it happened and told her what had gone off with my face and she relayed the same message on to me, "yeah it happened to me to" she says nonchalauntly, like it didnt affect her, "it brings all the crap to the top of you face so the more you use it the better it gets" she carried on, my friend april could litteraly do adverts for clinique the way she was trying to sell my ALREADY BOUGHT product to me. 
I have dry skin, something thats been described as normal yet dehydrated complexion, april on the otherhand has still dehydrated skin but its oily, our makeup sits totally different on our skin, she prefers the matte stuff, I prefer the dewy stuff. We have often swapped foundations because hers is too "greasy" and mine is to "powdery".
Zits aren't my only problem with the little soaps either, my face is frightfully tight after using it. I felt like the zombie in hocus pocus when he cuts open his mouth and stretches his face to talk. I have scrunch my face and when I do, it stings, my hole face seems chapped almost. I dont think its suitable for dry skin, yet the girl at the counter was so eager to give me what I wanted even though it was not suitable for me, leading me to have overall dissatisfaction with the product. I'm going to carry on using it to see if it does what my friend says it will eventually do, but right now I'm not looking forward to it.

On a positive note however, they are ridiculously cute. They are sizeable just to fit in the palm of my hand (probably a bit wider than palm) and get enough foam to apply to the face, the little pot is also cute so your shower doesnt actually wash it away with moisture and they are perfect for travel. So its not all negative. I'm sure once I get used to the process of the tight face and having to apply moisturiser DIRECTLY after a hot wash, I wont have any problems.

Have you tried The Three Little Soaps from clinique? What did you think of them and whats your skin type? Did you break out first time like me? I'd love to know more about this product and how it suits you, so leave a comment in the comments. Thank you.

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