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5 Cocktails You Can Make At Home (Part 3)

I’m a social drinker and smoker; I only drink and smoke in social settings and don’t usually drink alone. I love myself a good cocktail or cocktails (depending on the nights); it is the best part of going out, aside from being with my loved ones. In the first two parts of this blog series, we learned how to make some of our favorite cocktails that you can make at home. In this part, we will dive deeper into the subject and learn about 5 more cocktails that you can make at home.

However, drinking out can cost you a pretty penny and can break the bank if you go out too much. This is why you need to learn to make your favorite cocktails at home. Not only will this save you a lot of money, but this can also be your new party trick. So, without further ado, let’s dive further into this blog and learn how to make some of your favorite cocktails at home.

1. Black Russian

 

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The black Russian is a simple, easy, and delicious drink that anyone can make with just a couple of things. It is one of the best cocktails to make, especially if you are on a tight budget. All you need to make this simple and delicious drink is vodka and coffee liqueur.

All you need to make this drink is to stir 1 ½ ounce of vodka and ¾ ounce of coffee liqueur in a chilled glass. This is also another delicious drink if you love coffee like me and is a definite must-have, and you can easily make it at home.

2. Gin Rickey

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This is another simple gin cocktail in our list of easy drinks that you can make at home. A gin Rickey is a relatively simple drink with only 3 ingredients. It has 2 ounces of gin. ½ ounces of freshly squeezed lime juice and 4 ounces of club soda. You just have to mix it in a shaker and serve it in a chilled highball glass. 

This is a simple drink that you can make on any weekday and enjoy after a hard day at work. This is also one of the favorite cocktails of many gin lovers out there. You can just change the liquor to make one of the drinks of the famous Collins family, and you can swap the gin with whiskey, vodka, or nearly any other spirits out there. The world is your oyster when it comes to cocktail making. 

3. Royal Tea

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If you are a tea lover, this is the perfect cocktail for you; it mixes alcohol and liquor. Tea is an economical ingredient and is also a versatile ingredient that everyone ought to have in their pantry. A royal-tea cocktail is an incredible drink that mixes Earl Grey, lemon, simple syrup, and gin. 

Tea works with a plethora of liquors, and you can mix vodka with your favorite tea to make a tea tini. To make a Jalisco ice tea, all you have to do is swap the gin for tequila in your mixture. You can make it in a pitcher as if you are making your favorite iced tea, and you can serve it to your guests like that, and it is a refreshing drink that everyone will thank you for.

4. Cafe Caribbean

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As someone who can’t start my day without coffee, this is one of my favorite dessert cocktails out there. If the previous drink is perfect for any tea lover, then this one is the perfect drink for coffee lovers. The cafe Caribbeans are the perfect cocktail that shows you how easy it is to spice up your coffee, and it is the perfect drink to have and unwind after a hard day at work.

All you need to make your own cafe Caribbean at home is espresso, rum, amaretto, whip cream, and shaved almonds. You just have to mix 6 ounces of hot black coffee, one ounce of rum, and ½ ounce of amaretto liqueur and serve in a glass and top it with whipped cream and shaved sliced almonds. This drink is the perfect dessert cocktail and hits the spot, as we mentioned earlier.

5. Highball

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Though this drink might have a really fancy name, it is a rather simple drink that you can make at home. All you need to make this drink is ginger ale and whiskey. You just have to mix 2 ounces of whiskey and 4 to 6 ounces (this is according to taste, of course) of ginger ale or club soda. This is also a rather simple drink to make at home, and depending on the whiskey you use, this drink can cost as cheap as 1 dollar.

Final thoughts

Granted, buying alcohol isn’t cheap, but buying the bottle is cheaper than buying individual cocktails at bars. But, I would be lying if I told you that I only drank cocktails at home; my friends and I love bar hopping, and this is our way to spend a Friday afternoon, and it is one of our favorite bonding experiences. So, relax and have a drink (unless you are sober)!!

If you make any of these cocktails, tag us in the comments and show us a picture of your craft. Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about how to make your cocktail at home.

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5 More Cocktails You Can Make At Home (Part 2)

I’m a social drinker and smoker; I only drink and smoke in social settings and don’t usually drink alone. I love myself a good cocktail; it is the best part of going out, aside from being with my loved ones. In the first part of this blog series, we learnt how to make some of our favorite cocktails that you can make at home. In this part, we will dive deeper into the subject and learn about 5 more cocktails that you can make at home.

However, drinking out can cost you a pretty penny and can break the bank if you go out too much. This is why you need to learn to make your favorite cocktails at home. Not only will this save you a lot of money, but this can also be your new party trick. So, without further ado, let’s dive further into this blog and learn how to make some of your favorite cocktails at home.

1. Cape codder

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This used to be my go-to drink when I went clubbing or bar hopping when I was younger. You might have never heard the name cape codder, but you’ve definitely tasted it before. It’s your simple Vodka cranberry (yes, Cape codder is its true name). It’s a simple and refreshing drink that anyone can make at home, and you should definitely give it a try.

To make a cape codder, all you need is vodka and cranberry juice, and it’s as simple as mixing it in a glass and serve on ice. You can have fun with it and replace the cranberry juice with juice that you like or have on hand. Add pineapple juice, and you have a bay breeze; if you add grapefruit, then it transforms the drink into a sea breeze, but my favorite is a madras where you swap the cranberry juice with OJ.

2. Daiquiri

In the first part of this blog series, we confess our love for Margarita, and in this one, we will gush about the versatile daiquiri. All you need to make a daiquiri is 2 ounces of light rum, 1 ounce of lime juice, ¾ once of simple syrup, and a lime twist for garnish because aesthetics matters. You need to shake it in a cup of ice, double strain it, and serve it in a chilled martini or specialty cocktail glass.

You can have a lot of fun with a daiquiri, and it is an extremely customizable drink. You can add your twist to it and make it your own according to your liking. Strawberry daiquiris are one of many peoples’ favorites, and you have to add frozen strawberries in a blender alongside the drink, and voila, you have the perfect frozen drink.

3. Shandy

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This is one of the simplest and most straightforward cocktails on our list, and it is also the perfect summer drink. This is the perfect cocktail to sip in front of the pools during a hot summer day. This drink requires only 2 ingredients, and though it is not that famous, it is beloved by a niche fan base.

All you need to make a Shandy is lemonade and your favorite beer. Add your beer to your glass first and top it off with ice-cold lemonade (you can make it yourself or buy it in a store). Give this drink a try, you won’t regret it, and you will thank us later for this. Give the Shandy the love it deserves.

4. Kir

If you love wine, you might want to give this drink a try next. This cocktail is the perfect way to spruce up a cheap bottle of white wine, and the end result is nothing less than divine. All you need to make Kir at home is a bottle of crème de cassis (a dark red liqueur made with blackcurrants) and dry white wine. This is a simple 2 ingredient wine cocktail and is a party favorite of all my wine lovers out there. 

If you feel a bit adventurous, then add sparkling wine instead of your dry wine, and this will give the drink a lively twist. If you swap the white wine for red wine, you have the perfect cardinal cocktail, and we recommend you to try both and find your favorite. You just have to mix equal parts of both and serve in a wine glass.

5. Moscow mule

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This is another refreshing drink on our list and is also pretty straightforward to make. Some people are afraid of beer cocktails, but the Moscow mule and the Shandy are a sure way to change your mind. Beer is an excellent mixer and has a lot of potential, and makes fabulous cocktails. 

To make a Moscow mule, all you have to do is add vodka, lime juice, and beer to your glass and garnish with a sprig of mint. Trust us; this drink hits the spot, especially on those hot summer days. It will leave you asking for more, and you can’t blame yourself for that. 

The Moscow mule is super drinkable, and it is also very easy to make. So, make this for your friends next time you hand it out, and they will be impressed by your mixology abilities. You can also mix things up by adding ginger beer for a Christmas mule or add cider and enjoy an apple-cinnamon mule.

Final thoughts

Granted, buying alcohol isn’t cheap, but it is cheaper to buy the bottle than to buy individual cocktails at bars. But, I would be lying if I told you that I only drank cocktails at home; my friends and I love bar hopping, and this is our way to spend a Friday afternoon, and it is one of our favorite bonding experiences. So, relax and have a drink (unless you are sober)!!

If you make any one of these cocktails, be sure to tag us in the comments and show us a picture of your craft. Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about how to make your own cocktail at home.

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Top 3 Crafts To Consider For Your Well-being

Crafts are super fun and something that more of us should get into. We all live stressful lives, whether you are a student, a parent, or are working. Life is stressful, and after the rough past 2 years, I think all of us should start a craft or leisure activity that allows us to forget our problems, no matter how mundane they are.

You should take time for yourself to do something creative, and this is a pleasant way to de-stress after a hard day of work or at school. So, without further ado, let’s dive further into this blog and learn more about some of the crafts you might want to consider starting for your well-being.

1. Knitting

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knitting as a craft

Okay, I can guess what you are going to say, and no, knitting isn’t just for grandmas. I learned it from my late grandma, and it is a way for me to remember her and also a way to relax, especially when I have a hard day at work. It allows you to use your fingers and is especially useful for people who are jittery like me; it gives me something to do with my hands when I am stressed.

For me, it is a coll way to create homemade gifts for your loved ones, and you can create a plethora of things with this, from jumpers to scarves to room decorations. It is also relatively cheap; all you need to start out is 2 knitting needles and some yarn; knitting primarily uses two long needles, but you can also do it with machines to with a loom.

However, if you want to get into macramé, you need something to tie onto, and there is no needle required for crochet. You need a singular crochet hook. Knitting for me is a fantastic way to relax, and on top of that, I can have clothes to wear. It is a win-win situation if you ask me.

2. Drawing

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craft picture and the art of drawing

Let your imagination go wild here and draw whatever you want on your preferred medium (paper or digital). Okay, if I can be honest for a minute, this is one of those skills I wish I had, but I can’t draw to save my life, and this bums me out.

Drawing is an excellent way to express yourself, and you can draw the scenery, an object, a person, or something that is entirely fictional or from your imagination. The world is your oyster when it comes to drawing. Do whatever makes you happy, and don’t stifle your artistic expression just to fit in a box; it is a way to relax and go ahead and draw, no matter how talented you are.

If you don’t want to start this alone, then you might want to challenge a friend to a 30-day drawing challenge, you can divide the days and decide on a prompt for each day. It is a perfect way to spend time with your friends and have fun at the same time. Whatever you decide to do, have fun and enjoy yourself.

3. Embroidery

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Upcycling old clothes and how to make embroidery become your craft

This is also a leisure and a fantastic way to up-cycle old clothes as it allows you to give them a new life thanks to your artistic vision. Is their a hole in your favorite shirt, then you can revitalize it with embroidery, and it can decorate any article of clothing that you have in your closet and make them look more stylish and cooler.

This is also a relatively cheap hobby as you will use your needle and thread for more than more embroidery projects, and this is why we can’t stop but recommend it. It uses a few different kinds of stitches, and these are often in different colors to create a pattern or picture on the fabric.

To start, you have to stretch the fabric you want and an embroidery hoop over it. After you’ve placed the hoop, you have to trace your pattern one, this will be your guide on what you are stitching on your fabric, and it will help you out in this process. You will find a lot of free patterns online, and there are plenty of tutorials and guides out there.

Sound off in the comments section below and tell us what you want to read next and if you want to read more about doing crafts for your well-being.

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How to Make Your Makeup Remover

How to Make Your Makeup Remover

Contents

– Recipe 1: make an express makeup remover with aloe vera gel

– Recipe 2: make a two-phase makeup remover with cucumber

– Recipe 3: make a two-phase makeup remover for sensitive eyes

Makeup removal is an essential step in your daily beauty ritual. It removes makeup, which is concentrated in chemical products that irritate the skin, and traces of pollution, sebum, and other impurities accumulated throughout the day.

Here are some simple recipes to make your makeup remover.

Recipe 1: make an express makeup remover with aloe vera gel

Aloe vera gel is a natural elixir for internal and external use in the body. Ultra-moisturizing and regenerating, it has a tightening effect on the skin, making it a natural ingredient of choice for mature skin.

Here is a recipe for an express makeup remover to prepare before use.

– Mix 1 teaspoon of aloe vera gel with the equivalent of sweet almond oil.

Using a cotton ball, apply gentle upward motions to the eyes.

– Apply the rest of the mixture to the face and neck.

– Use circular motions with fingertips to emulsify.

– Rinse with clean water to remove any remaining makeup remover.

Good to know: aloe vera gel can be stored in the refrigerator. It will bring a touch of freshness to your makeup remover.

Recipe 2: make a two-phase makeup remover with cucumber

Cucumber is very popular in beauty care, Tolerated by all skin types, especially for its refreshing side.

The less well-known cucumber seed oil has the same properties and can easily be incorporated into homemade cosmetic recipes.

Gather the necessary ingredients to make your cucumber makeup remover:

– 25 ml of cucumber seed vegetable oil;

– 25 ml of hydrosol of your choice:

◦ lemon bedew hydrosol: purifies oily skin,

◦ cornflower hydrosol: soothes tired eyes and tones the skin,

◦ lime hydrosol: soothes sensitive skin.

– 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract: natural preservative for cosmetics that contain an aqueous phase.

Recipe for cucumber makeup remover

– Sterilize a bowl and a bottle by immersing them for 5 minutes in boiling water.

– Mix the cucumber seed oil, hydrosol, and grapefruit seed extract.

– Pour into the bottle.

– Label the bottle with the ingredients and the date of manufacture.

Use your cucumber bi-phase makeup remover

– Gently shake the bottle to mix the 2 phases of the makeup remover.

– Soak a cotton pad with the makeup remover.

– Rinse with clear water.

– Pass the cotton on the face and the eyes.

Thanks to the grapefruit seed extract, you can keep this homemade makeup remover for 1 month at room temperature.

Recipe 3: Make a two-phase makeup remover for sensitive eyes

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Castor oil has many virtues for the skin and eyes:

– It is purifying.

– It is known to look after irritated eyes.

– It helps to strengthen the lashes.

Gather the necessary ingredients to make your makeup remover

– 10 ml of castor oil;

– 15 ml of camellia vegetable oil, used for centuries by Japanese women in facial care;

– 25 ml of cornflower hydrolate, which soothes sensitive eyes;

– 10 drops of grapefruit seed extract to keep your makeup remover fresh for up to a month.

Prepare your two-phase makeup remover for sensitive eyes

– Sterilize your bowl and bottle for 5 minutes in boiling water.

– Mix the ingredients.

– Pour the mixture into your bottle.

– Stick a label on the bottle indicating the ingredients and the date of manufacture.

Materials needed to make your makeup remover

Bowl

Cotton

Grapefruit seed extract

Spray bottle

Vegetable oil

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How to Knit on the Right Side

How to Knit on the Right Side

How to Knit on the Right Side

Summary

    – Step 1: Knit one stitch right side up

    – Step 2: Knit the next stitches

    – Avoid the most common mistakes

Knitting right side up is the most basic technique to advance your knitting. There are different ways to knit a stitch, right side up or upside down. It is called moss stitch when all rows are knitted in purl stitch. The knitting is called stockinette, alternating with every other row in purl stitch. Here is a clear explanation of how to knit the right side up.

1. Knit a purl stitch

After setting up the stitches, take the needle with the set-up stitches in your left hand. Place your ball on the right and take your second needle in your right hand.

    1. Stitch your right needle into the first stitch of your row, passing under the left needle, well between the two strands of the stitch.

    2. Take the yarn that goes to the ball and goes around the right needle, going from bottom to top and ending on the right side of the needle.

    3. Hold the yarn with the fingers of your right hand to create a slight tension.

    4. Pass the tip of the right needle through the stitch, keeping the thread taut on it.

    5. Remove the left needle by sliding it out of the stitch.

2. Knit the following stitches

How to Knit on the Right Side

    – Knit the remaining stitches in the same way.

    – When you reach the end of your row, all your stitches are on the right needle.

    – Change hands and start knitting again in a purl stitch to get a mossy stitch.

Note: to achieve a regular result, try to keep an even tension on your yarn.

Avoid the most common mistakes

How to Knit on the Right Side

Mistakes happen regularly during the first attempts. It is essential to understand and correct them. To find your way around, don’t hesitate to count your stitches periodically and compare them with the number of stitches you started with.

The size of the yarn

Be careful to use a thick enough yarn at the beginning. This will allow you to understand the pattern of the stitches better. Choose a thread suitable for 5-6 needles, a minimum comfort size for beginners. You can find this information on the ball’s label, more commonly known as the ring.

The position of the ball of yarn

Pay attention to the position of your yarn on the ball. If your string is in front of your work, you risk creating excess stitches, called overcasting, where the cord passes over the needle without being knitted. You have to go around your right needle after stitching in your left needle, so the yarn has to be on your right. The best position is always to keep the ball on your right. The yarn gets behind your knitting when you knit a purl stitch.

The thread has split

When you insert your needle into your stitch, ensure that you have picked up the whole stitch. The yarn may split slightly and you may be poking your needle into the yarn. This can cause extra stitches. In this case, remove the needle from the yarn and re-pick the inside of the stitch.

Catching a stitch

    – If you lose a stitch and realize it right away, slip it onto the left needle and knit it usually.

    – If you realize it at the end of your row:

        ◦ Secure it with a safety pin and knit until you get to the same spot.

        ◦ Slip it onto your left needle and knit it normally.

    – If you notice several rows later :

        ◦ Lay your knitting flat and remove your needles from the knitting.

        ◦ Unravel the few rows by gently pulling on your yarn.

        ◦ Once you get to the row where the stitch is located, unravel to the edge of the knit.

        ◦ Make sure the yarn going to the ball is on the right side of your work, and slip a needle from left to right through all the stitches.

        ◦ If the yarn is on the left, turn your knitting so that it is on the right.

Make sure the knitting is even

Keep an even tension on your yarn when making your stitches to achieve a consistent result. If, despite all this attention, the result seems irregular, even out the tension by pulling on your knitting in the width and length.

Sometimes a single stitch appears looser than the others. In this case, take a needle and pull on the yarn at each stitch of the same row to even out the whole. The goal is to reduce the visual effect by distributing the excess in the row.

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3 Steps to Knit With Circular Needles

3 Steps to Knit With Circular Needles

 

3 Steps to Knit With Circular Needles

 

Contents

Step 1: Knitting large widths

Step 2: Knitting in circular

Step 3: Frequently asked questions about circular knitting

Circular needles are very easy to use, take up less space than straight needles, and have many uses. They can be used like flat knitting needles with the “back and forth” technique to make large widths of knitting. You can also use them to make seamless knitted tubes for sleeves, garment bodies, or snoods.

Circular needles consist of two knitting needle tips, usually about ten centimeters long, linked by a flexible metal or plastic cable. The cable can be fixed or removable, depending on the brand. There are also kits with several needle sizes and removable cables of different lengths, which are easily transportable.

Here are some simple techniques for knitting with circular needles.

1. Knitting large widths

3 Steps to Knit With Circular Needles

Circular needles have variable cable lengths, which can be up to 1 meter, which allows you to knit large widths of knitting, such as plaids, for example, with the technique known as back and forth.

After setting up the stitches, take your needle with the set stitches in your left hand and the other in your right hand. The cable that connects the two needles will be in front of you. Place the ball of yarn on your right hand as if you were knitting in a purl.

Knit your row normally, and the stitches will slide on the cable as you go. 

At the end of your row, switch needles. The needle where the stitches are now in your left hand and the other in your right hand.

Continue knitting as normal, exchanging needles at the end of each row.

2. Circular knitting

3 Steps to Knit With Circular Needles

Circular needles allow you to knit seamless tubes. To do this:

Match the size of your cable to the width of what you want to knit.

Set up the number of stitches on your left needle.

Once you have the number of stitches you want, take the needle that holds the yarn that goes to the ball in your right hand.

Slip a row counter on this needle or a strand of wool of a different color; this will allow you to find your rows more quickly.

Be careful to have all your stitches in the same position, that is to say, the base of the stitches down and the loop of your stitches up. This will ensure that the circle is well defined; otherwise, you will have a twisted tube.

Distribute your stitches evenly and insert your right needle into the first stitch of your left needle and make a straight stitch. Please refer to the knitting in a Straight Stitch sheet for help.

When you reach your row marker, you have completed a full row. Drag your row marker and continue knitting in the same direction.

Tip: Knit as many rows as you like and close your stitches as you would on straight needles.

3. Frequently asked questions about circular knitting

3 Steps to Knit With Circular Needles

Why should I knit in a purl stitch to get a circular stockinette (a knitting stitch consisting of alternate rows of knit (plain) and purl stitch; stocking stitch)?

On a circular knit, you get a stockinette when you knit in the right side stitch all along with your work. This is because you are always knitting the same side of your work.

You have the right side of the knitting on the outside of your tube and the wrong side on the inside.

When you knit with straight needles, you alternate the right side and the wrong side, forcing you to alternate the rows of right and wrong side stitches to obtain stockinette.

3.1 How do I make a circular moss stitch?

If you want to make a circular moss stitch, you will have to alternate a row of a right side stitch and a row of purl stitch. Use your row counter or a strand of wool in a contrasting color to find your way through the rows.

However, unlike stockinette, which gives the impression of a single tube, the circular knitted moss stitch will mark a boundary when changing rows.

3.2 Where should the ball yarn be when I knit in a circular pattern?

After taking a break in your knitting, make sure you have the yarn on your right-hand needle to the ball. Otherwise, you may knit in a circular pattern on your work.

If this is the case, take the stitches out of your needles and gently pull the yarn to unravel the half-turn you just made. Then slip your stitches back onto your needles, careful to have your ball yarn on the right needle.

3.3 How do I knit if my needle cable is longer than my work?

If the cable of your circular needles is longer than your work, slip the extra length between two stitches located in the middle of the work. This will allow you to work without pulling on your stitches and to split your work in two to knit it in two steps.

If the cable is smaller than the width of your work, the stitches will spread evenly along the length of your circular needles without disturbing your knitting.

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Best Tips on How to Knit Purl

Best Tips on How to Knit Purl

Summary

Step 1: Knit a purl stitch

Step 2: Knit the next stitches purl

Tips for beginners on how to knit purl

To learn how to knit, you need to start with the basics. After knitting the stitches, learn how to knit the purl stitch, which is used to obtain a mossy stitch when the work is knitted right side up in each row on straight needles.

Then, we learn the purl stitch, which allows realizing the purl stitch when the work rows are knitted by alternating a row on the right side and a row on the left side. Purl stitch is achieved by knitting alternately a purl row and a purl row. Knowing these two stitches is necessary and will allow you to do many other more elaborate stitches, such as ribbing.

Here are the steps to follow to learn how to knit purl.

1. Knit a purl stitch

Knit the desired number of stitches, making sure not to overcrowd your stitches. It will be more challenging to knit purl if the work is too tight.

Hold your needle with your cast-on stitches in your left hand, holding the stitches with your fingers to avoid losing them. Hold the other needle in your right hand.

Then:

Stitch your right needle into the first stitch, from right to left. The right needle will be between the two strands and in front of the left needle. The yarn connected to the ball is in front of the work.

Take the yarn connected to the ball and wrap it around the right needle, passing it over and under the right needle. While holding the thread between your thumb and forefinger, tightly pull the thread back along the right needle.

Pass your right needle through the loop of the left needle stitch and bring the right needle under the left needle.

Drop the stitch from the left needle by pulling the needle back. This will create a purl stitch on the right needle.

2. Knit the following purl stitches

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Knit the next stitches, in the same way, repeating steps 1 to 4. Note that the yarn connected to the ball should always be in front of the work.

You will complete the first row once all the stitches on the left needle are knitted.

Turn the work over and pick up the needle from the knitted row in the left hand to knit the next row.

Note: Always finish your row before putting your work aside; this will prevent your stitches from expanding and making your knitting uneven.

Tips for beginners on how to knit purl

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There are a few things to keep in mind to get correct results faster when starting to knit. It is also advisable to practice several times to reach satisfactory work.

Use the suitable material to start knitting.

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When practicing purl knitting, use at least 4.5 or 5 mm needles, as you will have a better grip, and the knitted stitches will be more visible. Choose a yarn size that matches the size of your needles or is slightly thicker.

Prevent the right needle from falling off

To prevent the right needle from falling off while knitting your stitches, you can lock the right needle under your arm and hold it against you, so there is no risk of the needle falling off and less chance of losing your stitches.

Catch a lost stitch

If you lose a stitch, the stitch may unravel. You can catch it with an auxiliary needle or hook, preferably using a size smaller than your needle size. You will need to place the hook in the stitch loop and bring the horizontal thread corresponding to the lost stitch in the same direction as the other stitches in the row.

Keep your knitting even

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To achieve even work, practice knitting several rows the same way and keeping the same tension on the yarn connected to the ball when you knit your stitch purl. Hold the yarn connected to the ball over your right index finger and slide it under your ring finger for more consistency. The work will keep the same tension throughout the knitting.

Finding your way around your knitting

To knit a piece of work in stockinette, stitch right side up or the wrong side down, count your rows by writing them on a sheet of paper with a bar or a cross, or slip a row counter on the right needle. The row counter will need to be reinserted once the needle is changed. You will also need to count your stitches regularly at the end of a row to ensure that none are missing from your work. This way, you will not lose track of your work and know exactly where you are.

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How to Bring In the Threads of a Knitted Fabric

How to Bring In the Threads of a Knitted Fabric

Contents

    – Case 1: tucking in the threads on foam stitch or jersey

    – Case 2: tucking in the threads on a ribbed stitch

Tucking in the threads of a knitted fabric is a finishing touch after folding down the stitches when the work is finished. The yarns that protrude correspond:

    – the yarn of the stitch set-up row;

    – the yarns used to change the balls;

    – the yarn used to turn the stitches down.

This is an essential step because tucking in the yarns of a knitted fabric hides unsightly threads and consolidates the work so that the stitches do not become unraveled at the place where the yarns are located.

There are several methods to tuck in the threads of a knitted fabric. It depends mainly on the type of stitch used to knit your work or the yarn used. Here is how to tuck in the threads of a knitted fabric.

Case 1: tucking in yarns on foam stitch or stockinette

Knitted Fabric

Before bringing in the threads of knitted fabric, it is important to use the right material. To bring in the threads, use a wool needle.

    – This is a needle with a large eye to facilitate the passage of thicker or thinner wools.

    – These needles are also used to sew knitted work. You can buy them in sets of $3 for about $3.

    – The wool needles can be made of plastic or aluminum.

The thread hidden in the knitting must be at least 20 cm long. The yarns are tucked in horizontally, about ten stitches, and on the wrong side of the knitting so that the work is invisible on the right side of the knitting.

Place your work on the wrong side of the knitting, make sure not to tighten your work so as not to distort your work. Then:

    1. Pass the wool yarn to be pulled in through the eye of the wool needle.

    2. Stitch the wool needle into a stitch at the high loop that forms the stitch.

    3. Stitch in a stitch again but in the top row at the bottom loop of the stitch.

    4. Stitch your needle into the next stitch on the same row. At this point, the tucked-in yarn takes the shape of the knit stitch.

    5. Finally, pass the yarn through the same starting stitch.

    6. Repeat steps 2 to 5 for about ten stitches, loosely.

    7. Cut the remaining yarn a few millimeters flush with the work.

Note: you may want to stretch your knitting slightly to give it its original shape, as pulling in the yarns may distort the knitting a bit.

Note: the work is tighter on the stockinette stitch, be sure to tuck the threads in gently so as not to stretch the stitches.

Case 2: Bringing in the threads on a ribbed stitch

Slide the protruding thread into the vertical stitches to pull in the threads of a ribbed stitch. The threads are tucked in the direction of the knitting, which allows the threads to be well hidden. It is also possible to tuck the yarns into the selvage stitch on the edge of the knit with the same technique.

    1. Thread the yarn through the eye of the wool needle.

    2. Stitch the needle under the left side of a purl stitch close to the yarn to be tucked in, from the bottom to the top.

    3. Stitch the needle back into the top stitch from the bottom up.

    4. Tuck the yarn in about ten stitches by passing the needle through several stitches simultaneously, then pull the yarn in loosely.

    5. Stitch the needle under the right side strand and turn your work the other way.

    6. Pass the needle through the top strand of the stitch again, from the bottom to the top. Check if this strand is opposite the strand where you have already passed the thread.

    7. Loosely pull the yarn in about ten stitches.

    8. Cut off any excess yarn if necessary.

Tip: if the stitches are deformed after pulling in the threads, feel free to stretch the work slightly with your fingers, and it will return to its original shape.

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6 Affordable Tools Every Craft Person Should Own

Tools are an important thing that every craft person ought to have. There are times when we need to display our practical skills in order to repair or design something at home. We are often tempted to do the DIY work ourselves before finally calling in the professionals if we run into trouble. Do-it-yourself is indeed quite a practical alternative, as it saves the cost of intervention. It also helps to perfect skills, and thus limit the dependence on external interventions.

Becoming a budding handyman

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Do-it-yourself jobs often look simple at first glance, but it’s good to know that they require a certain amount of practical knowledge. Indeed, the work can range from simple decorating, to large-scale and even dangerous interventions; such as repairing the electrical system.

In addition to having the necessary skills, having the right tools is of great importance. The tools make it easy to perform specific jobs. To avoid the unexpected, it is advisable to have at least one set of DIY tools at home.

Equip yourself well: the basics

Having DIY tools at home allows you to be one step ahead of the little problems of everyday life. It’s not easy to have a whole arsenal of tools at home; nevertheless, it’s better to get some. For this, we will make a small list including the tools that deserve to be present in a given household.

1. The screwdriver

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This is an essential tool to have at home. Even though we tend to forget about it, its absence is very important in case of problems requiring its use. There are two types of screwdrivers, the flathead, and the crosshead. You can get them in any size; there are even boxes containing several models with interchangeable heads.

2. The hammer

This is undoubtedly the tool that generally comes to mind when we talk about DIY. Indeed, the hammer is the tool of the handyman par excellence. It can be used for a variety of purposes: to drive or extract nails, flatten materials, or to adjust structures by percussion. A wide range of models and sizes is available, and each model corresponds to a specific use.

3. Pliers

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Pliers are a tool for gripping an object or a surface. It is also one of the favorite tools of the handyman. Its use varies according to the type and there is also a wide variety. Flat nose pliers and cutting pliers are the two most commonly used types. It is therefore advisable to include them in your toolbox.

4. Tape measure

This is a tool that allows you to take measurements. The use of a tape measure allows you to do precise work.

5. Saw

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The saw allows you to cut efficiently. Its importance is paramount since it would be inconceivable to cut wood or plastic with a kitchen knife. Other models such as the hacksaw can be used to cut metal or other hard materials.

6. Drill

The drill is used to make holes in a surface. Manual or electric, its maneuverability facilitates operations and accentuates precision. These are just a few examples, as there are countless other tools that can make DIY work easier, such as sanders, staplers, etc.

Being a handyman: a practical advantage

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Being able to do DIY work yourself is a great opportunity. It limits the need for professional handymen, which avoids having to spend money for a job you can do yourself. By practicing more often, you end up with a solid foundation and become an expert in the field. And having the right tools can make this happen. Indeed, even an inexperienced person can achieve complex operations with the right tools.

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8 Steps For Making The Perfect Homemade Jam

It is essential for breakfast or snacks, and no one can resist it! Everyone can find something to their liking with the many associations they offer. Yes, we are talking about jams!

What if you made it yourself? This would allow you to brighten up your family or friends’ days by allowing them to get up on the right foot! Simple to make, the taste will also be their thanks to our tips. Prepare your jars; we are waiting for you!

Step 1: Sterilize your jars

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In order to guarantee the cleanliness of your jars, essential for the good conservation of your jam, it is essential to sterilize them before use. Indeed, the jam is heated to a high temperature during the cooking process, and its microbes will evaporate with the heat, but the dust will remain in your containers!

So let’s avoid bacteria either by using a sterilizer (which can be found in stores) or in a traditional way. For the second method, you will just have to soak your lids and jars in a pot filled with water and bring it to a boil for 5 to 15 minutes. Then, take them out with a fork (without putting your fingers inside the jars, otherwise there is a risk of re-contamination) and place them upside down on a clean cloth so that they drain by themselves.

Step 2: Choosing the fruit

The condition of the fruit is a crucial factor in the preparation of the dish. Avoid chewed and overripe fruits; you could lose the taste. It is best to buy the fruit from the fragrant market stalls. At least you know that the fruit will have been picked when it is ripe and that it will not have suffered from the refrigeration of specific transports.

As soon as you buy it, it’s ready! Try to make your jam recipe the same day you buy the fruit or the next day.

Step 3: Accurate fruit weight

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After cleaning your fruit with warm water and removing the stalks and wilted parts, it’s time for a bit of math!

So get out your scales and go ahead and weigh these two ingredients in the right proportions. Their weight must be determined with great precision. It will allow us to define the quantity of sugar needed since it must be equal to that of the fruit.

Step 4: The fruit/sugar mixture

Cut up your fruit before mixing it with the sugar. To do this, you can cut them to the size you want or put them in a blender to save time. Once mixed with the sugar, you can use the mixture right away or let it macerate in the refrigerator for about 12 hours. This will make the jam tastier.

The elements you can add to it:

  • Fresh apple juice to allow the jam to stand. Cook the apples with their skin and seeds (higher pectin content). Some fruits are low in pectin (gelling agent), like red fruits will be happy to be associated with apples to guarantee a good holding.
  • Fresh lemon juice help preserve the fruit, thanks to its acidity. We count approximately 1/2 lemon juice for 500 grams of sugar.

Step 5: Cooking

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Place your pan on the stove over high heat. Depending on the recipe, the cooking time may vary. This may be due to the fruit used, the jam you want to obtain, or the type of sugar inserted in the preparation. In general, the cooking time is about 15 minutes.

However, please don’t take your eyes off the mixture, or you’ll miss it! Stir with a wooden spoon and gradually remove the scum created during cooking. For those who are well equipped, you can consider the cooking process finished when it reaches 105°C.

Step 6: Check that the cooking is good.

A little trick to check that your cooking is perfect: a cold plate! To do this, when you think the cooking is finished, take a little of your preparation and pour it onto the plate. If it freezes, it’s done! And yes, this kind of dish previously put in the freezer will allow us to see that the jam is ready.

Step 7: Potting

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To double the sterilization of your jars for better preservation (in addition to step 1), pour your jam into its containers while it is still hot. To avoid putting some on the edges:

  1. Get a funnel.
  2. Don’t hesitate to fill the jars to the brim.
  3. After closing them with their lids, turn them over for 10 minutes so that the heat of the jam pasteurizes the entire package.

Step 8: Preservation

The sugar and the sterilization of the jar are not enough to preserve your jams. They must be stored in a dry and dark place in a room where the temperature does not exceed 18°C. Do not forget the famous labels on your jars to know the composition and the date of setting in a jar. The decorations are not to be neglected either, so get out your markers and ribbons!

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