Monday, January 22, 2007

Knitting Flashback and other stuff

Wow. I had so much stuff to show today and, once again, blogger will not allow me to post photos. I have tried all the little tricks they suggest for trouble shooting this problem and nothings works. Boy, I'm just SO glad I upgraded to the new blogger. Yeah.

I got stuck on Meghan's sweater at the arm decreases. Something about decreasing and continuing in the lace pattern didn't agree with me. Very vague instructions for my very math impaired mind. Anyhow, thank GOD for the lifeline. I'm off for help this weekend for that one.

Yes, Yvonne, I did make soap. And, yes, Carol, it was just like riding a bike. It all came back to me (sorta!) Believe me, I was reading every step of the way. It all turned out good with the exception that my new mold ended up making the bars way too big so I had had to cut them in half. Now they are too small. So the trick with that the next time is to make 2 lbs. in that mold instead of the 3 lbs. it called for. I made Lavender, Oatmeal and Honey, and Baby Scent soap.
My dining room smells divine! Photos hopefully to come!


Carol said...

Can't wait to see a photo. I need to put some on my blog too. My absolute favorite is Lavender/Peppermint and Oatmeal, Milk, and Honey, both recent batches for me. I ran out of colloidal oatmeal for this last batch so I need to score some soon. And I wanted to ask you about gell stage? Do you let your soaps gel? I actually put mine out on the deck in the winter or in the fridge in the summer to prevent gel because the soap stays more opaque and creamy looking. Doesn't affect the soap in any other way at all. And another neat thing I discovered is that you don't have to reach trace to get soap. As long as your mixture is sufficiently mixed/emulsified, the chemical reaction takes place without any help from the soaper. Those little molecules just find each other on their own and bond. That's how some people get such awesome swirls in their soap.