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Soap Making, Part 3

Ah, Monday, Monday. Back to work. Why does the work week seem so long and the weekend far too short?

I must admit, with all the smoke in the air yesterday, and the resultant gloom, neither of us felt much like doing anything yesterday. John, however, did get out into the flower garden to do some much needed weeding and cleaning up. The poppies are long done, the grasses (ornamental) were looking rather dried out and some of the weeds were taller than the plants. It looks much better now (no, I don’t have a picture; I’d go take one but I’m in my pyjamas and the neighbours have no need to see that).

As I posted in yesterday’s edit, I did make the Java Jolt soap. It smells wonderful – spicy, yet fresh and clean. I think this may end up being one of my favourites.

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It doesn’t look anything like the picture on the web page but that’s alright with me. It was fun working with two shades in the same bar.

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Right now, it’s a gorgeous shade of brown; it will probably lighten up somewhat by the time it’s fully cured.

With this soap, my soap making adventures are over for a while. There’s enough soap in my spare bedroom to last us a long time. That said, more than one bar of my soap is destined to find its way into the hands of family and friends. I may be making more sooner than expected.

Right now, here in the Okanagan, the sun is just started to make its way above the trees. Once again, it’s a glowing red orb in the sky. There’s still quite a bit of smoke hanging over the landscape but, thankfully, not as thick as it was yesterday. According to today’s weather forecast, we’ll be seeing the pall of the smoke for at least another couple of days. I swear that the glass of water on my bedside table even tastes smoky!

Categories: Cooking, Just stuff, Making Soap, No Knitting | Tags: , , , , | 2 Comments

Knit Happens

Sorry.. bad pun, I know. It’s true, though. Knit happens when you least expect it. I haven’t been doing much knitting lately at all. John’s slippers still aren’t done.

However, while perusing through patterns on Ravelry, I came across one that I thought I had the perfect yarn for. Turns out I was right.

001The yarn is King Cole Soft as Silk, 100% acrylic. The pattern is Baby’s Car Seat Blanket. Whether this remains car seat blanket sized or wrap sized remains to be seen. As written, I’m already one quarter of the way through the knitting. The lace pattern is an easy one to read and to remember. The yarn is a joy to work with. I don’t usually like acrylic but this one lives up to the name, soft as silk. It’s also knitting up very quickly as it’s worked on 4.5 mm needles.

Unfortunately, there won’t be much knitting time today. I’ll be picking up the grandkids and a few tomato plants (not necessarily in that order) today. The plan is to do a bit of gardening, tidy up some of the beds, plant a couple of tomato plants along the driveway, plant some garlic in pots, and then to roll out, roll up, and bake the croissants that have been resting in the fridge since yesterday. It will be a busy but productive day.

 

Categories: Baking, Blogging, Garden, Knitting, Slippers | Tags: , , , , , , , | 1 Comment

Progress Made

It felt good to make a little progress on the Lowtide Cardi this week. I’d like to have made more, but I did have to wait for the blocked pieces to dry. Now that they’re dry, I’m hoping to make some serious progress this weekend.

The first photo shows all three of the bodice pieces and the second shows the back bodice. The next step is to join the garter stitch shoulder “seams” and then to pick up stitches all along the lower edge. Extra stitches are cast on at the underarms and the body of the cardigan is knit down until the desired length. Picking up all those hundreds of stitches will be the fun part… not! Once the body of the sweater is done, the live stitches are picked up at the armholes with more picked up at the underarm; the sleeves are then worked downward to the desired length as well. That’s one of the nice things about this little cardi. You can make the sleeves, and the body, as long or as short as you wish and, I must admit, I haven’t quite decided what length I’d like the sleeves.

Then, as I’ve said before, I’ve decided to keep a pair of socks on the needles for TV knitting and, simply, because John can use all the socks I can make him (I might have to cast on a pair for myself, too… mine are all starting to wear at the heels). I showed you the pair currently on the needles in the last post; it’s seen some progress as well.

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I’m almost to the toe shaping on the first sock but I want John to try it on first; I’m a little concerned that the foot might be a bit too wide. I’m not terribly concerned but I do want to be sure it will fit properly. Once I’ve been reassured, it will be full steam ahead and the second sock will be cast on shortly after this one comes off the needles.

What’s the weather doing in your neck of the woods? Here, it’s a gorgeous sunny day and it has revealed some very grungy looking windows. I’ll be taking care of that little issue in a few minutes and a little later this morning, John and I will be heading over to the college where they’re, apparently, having a heritage seed exchange. We don’t have any seeds to exchange but it will be interesting to see what’s available.

It is definitely time to start thinking about the garden (too early to get out there as yet, but we can think about it).

Categories: Blogging, Cardigan, Garden, Knitting, Socks | Tags: , , , | 1 Comment

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