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Psychedelic Pswirl

I had been watching YouTube videos on soapmaking and saw yet another spin swirl.  I showed the pictures of the cuts to Ramblin, and he was itchin’ to try it.  So we did.  The above picture is our first effort, and it looks to be a success.  So much so that I went to Lowe’s today to pick up materials for Ramblin to make me three slab molds for more spin swirling.  And soap dishes.  And soap displays.  And soap drying racks.

Have I mentioned that I love this man?

Tune in for the soap cut pictures later this week.  We should really wait a couple of days, but I’m not sure we can take the suspense.

Published in: on July 15, 2015 at 2:33 pm  Comments (1)  
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Really, I haven’t posted since February?!

Um, hi!

Yarnmama10’s new post reminded me that I hadn’t posted on this blog in a while, but I certainly didn’t realize it hadn’t been since February.

There’s a vacation, soapy things, and yarny things to talk about.

First of all, I am soaping away, though the heat has slowed me down a bit.  Our itty-bitty town started having a farmer’s market, and we set up at the inaugural sale.  It was great weather, though Ramblin and I did get a bit of sun after being shaded for most of the morning.  So, when we got home, Ramblin ordered an EZ-UP booth tent.  Now I feel like a selling professional.  :) (Actually, I need a banner to really be a selling professional.)

Sumner Farmer's Market booth under tent

I’ve been participating in Loopy Academy and now this summer Camp Loopy with The Loopy Ewe.  Other than that, I’ve been trying to use stash yarn and fiber.  However, then I learned about the Discworld MegaSAL and read-a-long.  It was six indie dyers creating colorways inspired by persons and things in the Discworld series by Terry Pratchett.  Sadly Sir Pterry passed away shortly before the spinalong began, so we spun in his memory.  I can’t believe I had never read any of his books.  They are fantastic, part Harry Potter, part Douglas Adams, and altogether too much fun.  I had bought from two of the dyers before: Fat Cat Knits and Spunky Eclectic.  But the other four were entirely new, and some are pretty tough to get in updates, so I felt particularly glad to experience their wares: Nest, Into the Whirled, Southern Cross Fibre, and Hello Yarn.

And then, I finally went to a local-ish yarn shop.  In this area, anything under two hours away is local.  I didn’t really know what to expect from The Yarn Studio, but whoa nelly.

The Yarn Studio 2 The Yarn Studio 3

The ol’ fiber diet took a decided hit.  And there’s a few more stores, one a mere 23 miles away, that have cropped up.  And did you see all the purple Yarnmama posted?!  Oh dear.

I’ll save the vacation for its own post.  Hint of where we went – there was entirely too much fudge consumed.

 

 

Published in: on June 23, 2015 at 7:21 pm  Comments (2)  

And now it’s snowing here!

After the snow left the blog, it took its own sweet time and arrived here.  Probably 5-6″, maybe more.  What’s one of the only good things about snow?  Snow cream.

Snow cream

It has been all soap, all the time around here. There’s currently a fundraiser going at the local high school, there may be another one coming down the pipe shortly, Ramblin’s work wants to hold one for the employee committee, and I’m doing a craft show at the end of March. Why aren’t I making soap right now?!

And there’s been a bit of knitting. I started a shawl, almost finished it, and started having second thoughts about the color arrangement. So that got put aside, and I started in on the Loopy Academy second semester project.

Full Spectrum beginning

Much better.

And there’s even been spinning!

Merlot Holocene

I didn’t get great pictures of this, but it hasn’t had its bath yet anyway, so maybe the sun will shine by the time I get around to doing that.  It is two plies of Knittyandcolor‘s Not Drinking Merlot and one ply Holocene, all on merino-silk.  That little skein on the left was the leftovers of the Not Drinking Merlot chain-plied.

I guess that’s all the news that’s fit to print.  I’ll try to come back before spring.  Whenever that will be.

Published in: on February 16, 2015 at 8:30 pm  Leave a Comment  
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It’s snowing on the blog!

I always feel the need to announce that, like you can’t tell as soon as you open the page.

I haven’t knit any more socks since Socktoberfest, but I have been knitting other things. That’s not true since I started a pair of socks while this post has been marinating. (pictures were giving me fits, so I had to leave it for a few days)

First, I knitted a hat I thought was going to be for me, but then when I finished, I knew that it wasn’t.  I didn’t know who it was for, but the hat wasn’t saying, “Mine”.  Then when I learned my friend didn’t have a hat for winter, I realized she was who the hat belonged to.

Stark finished

Then, another Loopy Academy project, I knitted a cowl.

That Nice Stitch in Those Nice Colors done

And there’s been a sweater partially knitted as well, just needing the button bands and collar. Since I’m so close, I’ll just wait until it’s done for a picture.

And of course, there’s been soap.

Swirls

Well, not just soap, but other products.  Things like lotion bars.

Festive lotion bars

 

And Meringue, a lovely whipped body butter.

Meringue

And I’m already thinking about scents for Valentine’s Day.

 

Published in: on December 8, 2014 at 2:28 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The final pair from Socktoberfest

And may I present to you – the socks that started it all.

Ziggity Zag socks done

I am so glad I posted here about losing the sock mojo, as clearly that was the oomph I needed to get back on the sock train.

Now, if I could just get the rest of my motivation going.

But I have made just a little bit of soap.

Soap racks 10-27-14

So there is that.  I wish blogs came with smell-o-vision. (optional, of course, for the readers sensitive to smell – though I have made a batch of unscented as well)

Published in: on November 4, 2014 at 6:26 pm  Comments (1)  
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More socks!

So, these were finished on Friday evening while Ramblin and I were in Kentucky, just in time for gifting.

Rita's Raspberry Ripples done

Both these and the blue socks were well-loved by their new owners.

And then today, I finished these.

Tropical Monkeys done

And now I’m back to working on those zany Ziggity Zag socks.

I’m so glad I posted about my missing sock mojo.  It’s clearly returned to me in spades.  This might be handy to keep in mind when I do NaNoWriMo next month.

Published in: on October 23, 2014 at 8:27 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Sock Monster Cannot Be Stopped

So, these are done.

Spring Day Socks done

And I stared these.

Tropical Monkey cast on

And this.

Rita's Raspberry Ripples beginning

And I thought Socktober was going to be sockless.  Ha.

Published in: on October 14, 2014 at 3:32 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Hmm, may have created a monster

A sock monster.

Spring Day Socks

These are going to be birthday socks for a very dear lady.  It’s yarn I dyed that I wasn’t too sure about, but it’s working up fantastically.  Yay for no pooling!  (and now they will start pooling, of course)

Published in: on October 10, 2014 at 11:04 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Well if I had known it would be that easy . . .

. . . I would have posted about losing my sock mojo sooner!

Behold – socks! (or at least the start of them)

Ziggity Zag socks

Yarn I bought in Vancouver from a local artist

It might have worked a little too well, as I’m finding myself wanting to cast on all the socks.

As a special request for one of the readers out there, I’ll also post more of the hat rampage.

More hats for photography props

The Duketer newborn and toddler sizes

And Ramblin’s hunting hat

1898 hunting hat

I have more knitting that needs blocking and photos, but that seems to be slower than even the sock mojo had been.  Hmm, maybe posting about it will motivate me for that, too.

Published in: on October 9, 2014 at 8:31 pm  Leave a Comment  
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The Socktoberfest that wasn’t

It’s Socktoberfest!

And who isn’t working on a pair of socks?  This gal.  In fact, the last pair I finished was in June.  June.  Really.

What’s going on?  Well, there’s a pair I started based on a pattern I saw that isn’t currently available.  I’m futzing my way through it, and it’s just not doing it for me.  However, I can’t bring myself to do anything about it, so they languish in my knitting bag.

But if you think that means there hasn’t been any knitting, let me assure you that’s not the case.  Currently, it seems my mind has turned to hats.

Pumpkin hats

These are for a local photographer to use as props.  I’ve made two more pixie hats and found several other cute possibilities.  Today I made a hat in two hours.  Let’s see socks compete with that.

I’m sure the sock mojo will come back. If it can fight its way past the soap-making and weaving.

Published in: on October 7, 2014 at 5:57 pm  Leave a Comment  
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