Update: Homemade Soap

I took the soap out of the mold this morning and let it dry for a bit before cutting it. I am SO pleased with it! It’s usable now, though I am still drying it. I’ve kind of run out of steam for today (and coconut oil!), so I’ll get the coffee soap later. I also need to start some more calendula infused oil, too!


Homemade soap….

This week, Prairie Homestead posted a recipe for hot process soap. I was getting ready to make soap anyway, more than one batch actually, and as hot process is faster than cold process, I decided to give it a go.

I discovered the crock pot needs to be on high, not low, to get it to process fast enough. Oopsie. Otherwise, this worked beautifully, the soap looks utterly awesome, and I can’t wait to check it out tomorrow.

Instead of straight up olive oil, I actually used 10 oz of calendula infused olive oil and mixed in calendula petals, also. If this goes as well as I expect it to, tomorrow I need to do a batch of coffee soap. It IS garden season, after all! :)

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Help? knitrowan.com down? Or is it me?

I’m trying to finish up the Mystery KAL Rowan had for their Pure Wool from last summer. It’s the one with Martin Storey, not Kaffe Fasset. I can’t for the life of me get the Rowan website to load so that I can download one of the weeks. I have everything but week 8, which is the last week, I believe, and will be needing it later today (with any luck).

Can anyone try to get it loaded for me? And see if they can get the stupid week? I’m so annoyed. LOL So close and yet, so far!

1/2 an FO?

I cast off the first sock this morning and will start its mate tonight. BUT. It fits perfectly. Absolutely perfectly. I’m not sure that I will do every single sock ever toe up, but I can definitely see why people like them. And the heel! How wonderful to not have to pick up the stitches. :)

So, here’s my Half FO for FO Friday. :)

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Let’s shake things up

I love knitting socks. I’ll wear nothing else and love to try new patterns. They’re how I started knitting (my husband asked for a pair when I hadn’t done anything for years and what I HAD done was simply garter stitch when I was a child).
But I’d never knit a pair of toe up. Frankly, the toe and its different methods for cast on intimidated me. Finally, a week or so, I bit the bullet and cast on my first toe up sock.

The pattern is from Wendy Johnson and I did the figure 8 cast on. I have to admit, after doing so many pairs cuff down, it feels downright ODD to do it in the other direction. I had a very hard time picturing the heel as I was going (gusset with short rows), but I took the advice I’d given someone when I’d taught them to do socks and told them it would make sense in the end – and it did.

I’m on to the leg now, I’ve completed the heel, and I have to admit that I can see why people like toe up. :) I’m hoping I can get it finished tomorrow morning before heading down to the yarn store for work tomorrow. Hope hope!

So here it is. My first toe up sock knit in Regia. :) Love it!


Tis Shiny!

The new laptop arrived last night and so far, I’m rather in love with it. Windows8 isn’t bugging me nearly as much as I expected, though it’s still not my favorite. I am still getting used to the keyboard, though, and keep having some interesting typos. I still have some files to get off my old computer, but will do that later. The critical ones made it to Dropbox before the last shut down. :)

In the meantime, I have a LOT of posts to wade through (I tried on my tablet, but it wasn’t cutting it). Is there anything you want me to make sure to see? :)

Now is your chance to say “Hey! Check out my post!” :)

And this? Is the new baby, so named Stark. :)


There should be a witty title here

There has not been a lot of knitting the last few days.  I coughed and pulled a muscle in my chest and have been incredibly uncomfortable.  It’s a bit better today, so hopefully I’m back to my knitting self soon.

I’ve had a wicked time checking in.  I can check on my phone or tablet,  but it’s not ideal so it’s a pain.  I did order my new laptop today,  so by midweek I should be back to normal. 

It’s going to be quite a change though – going from Linux to Win8 (gag! – be glad for Win10! )


My lap top is not new. To put it in perspective,  I bought it shortly before Windows Vista came out. I was determined not to have Vista, so I bought it from Dell during the brief time they sold Linux factory installed.  I adore it. It’s nothing fancy,  but it’s my baby.

Through the years, I’ve updated my OS version, changed the hard drive,  added RAM ( my motherboard is maxed), changed the key board (twice?).

Now his fan is slowly dying.

He’s old. He’s tired.  Poor baby.  I need a new one soon but I don’t want to spend the money.


I previously posted that I did it before Win7 came out. Not sure what made me do that, but I was trying to avoid Vista. I actually like 7. LOL