Sunday, April 27, 2014

Day of DIY # 61. Candle.

Looooong time no see! I've been busy but mostly bummed since a lot of my photos turned out super weird because of some format on the camera or whatever. And I can't edit them on my computer. Anyways, here are some older normal photos! In february (yikes time flies..) I DIYed with a new friend at our place :) YAY DIY! We also made juice (apple and pineapple yum!) and ate cinnamon rolls. It was a pretty sweet day :)

 What could you make with this?

And this thin cotton yarn?

A new candle! I didn't take any pics of the process but basically we melted stearine from left over candles in a double boiler (vattenbad). Oh and a tip for ya'lls, use a cleaned can or something else you won't want to use again. The stearine sticks to whatever you're melting it in big time... We made the candle wick by braiding three strands of 100% cotton yarn and then soaking it in the melted stearine for a while.

I made a candy cane-ish candle with red and white stearine + peppermint essential oil :)

My mom gave me the glass jar since it was pretty and I guess she knows I find uses for those kinds of things eventually... :) Thanks mom!

Making candles was super fun and it's a great way to use up all the small candle stumps. Plus it makes great gifts and it's really easy. So tell everyone to start saving you some stearine! ;)
(Last two pics by bf :))

Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Day of DIY # 60. Raglan, for me.

There was a sneak peak of this creation a while back. I finished it 1,5 weeks ago and the bf took really nice photos of it the day after when we went to his parents to eat. We talked about how our city is nice for photographing things since there are so many different types of environments (city, ocean, forest and so on). In conclusion, I need to make more stuff for myself and take cool pics! ;) It was a lot of fun and nice to spend some quality time together :) A couple of these are edited as well by the bf. Photographing/editing as practise for school for him + getting sweet pics of something I've made for me = win-win. Here are some (a lot) pics. This is also my contribution for Husmorsskolans Syförening.

Wearing three home made (by me no less) items all at once <3

Raglan sweater from a Knitters magazine, modified tho. I also had to redo the yoke after finishing the sweater and realising it was too tight in the armpits. Oops. Anyways, it turned out well the second time.

The multi colored yarn is Raggi (80% wool, 20% acrylic) and the black is a very soft 100% wool that my mom actually bought me 12-15 years ago when I was going to knit a vest. Thanks mom! Sometimes I'm just a bit slow in the start ;)


The idea for the bottom is borrowed from the cuffs of this sweater (which deserves a post with better pics). Kinda want that design on all my things now...


I'm happy with this sweater. So happy I almost cast on for another one! With a looser fit, longer sleeves and some other details. Any day now! Who knew knitting adult sized stuff would be so much fun!? ;D