Monday, April 19, 2010

Soap in a coat (part 2)

I just made another Soap in a Coat with yarn I dyed myself. This is lambswool and it's so soft. I am quite happy with how this yarn looks once knitted up. The colours are soft and pleasing to the eye. This dye job was done with KoolAid.
Soap is now available in my shop.

Sunday, April 18, 2010

Soaps need wool coats too!

This fun project combines two of my great passions...soapmaking and knitting!

How do the two combine? I am not talking about making a soap to clean my knitted items, allthough that would be a good idea.

I am talking about making knitted wool coats for my soaps!

I have fueled (felted) wool roving around my soaps before. I used white roving and wrapped it with coloured yarn. Then fueled everything together by rubbing it, alternating between cold and hot water. Here is a picture of those soaps.

But this project is done in a whole different way. I basically knitted an envelope to fit the soap in. Inserted the soap and kept on knitting to close it off. Super little coat for my soap!

I used Cabin Fever Northern Lights 100% wool yarns for this project because they felt very well and quite quickly too.

These are the handmade soaps I made last fall for Christmas gifts. They smell wonderful and lather really well. They have lots of olive, coconut, canola oils and cocoa butter. Wonderfully rich feeling!

Why should you use felted soaps?

It's like having a built in washcloth. Gentle on your skin, and easy to handle onto in the shower or tub. The wool coat will enhance the lather as it gently exfoliates. The felt will also make your soap last twice as long and you will use every last little bit of soap. Once the soap is gone, use the felt as a scrubby or put it in a drawer to give your clothes a yummy scent.

To use: Wet your soap in a coat and create a lather.

I intend on giving them away unfelted. You can see the Before and After in the picture below.

I made a bunch of them to trade in a soap swap I am participating in. I will add what I have left to my shop to see how they do.

Have yourself a wonderful Sunday!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Just out of the dye pot

A quick post, mostly pictures today.

Just out of the dye pot, more bulky lambswool yarn. A mixture of several colours.


One of my favorite and blue.


Guest are arriving for dinner!!

Thursday, April 1, 2010

Northern Sunset

My lastest hand dyed yarn, with Wilton Icing colour in pink and yellow I had on hand, reminds me of some of our northern sunsets.

I had not yet tried Wilton as a dye (not for icing either !) I was eager to see how they would look. I have a lot of bluky yarn on hand so I thought it would be fun to use it for this.

I ended up having to play around with it a lot because I had too much yarn in a too small pot. I kept ending up with too much white sections. After a while, I then decided to sprinkle some orange Kool Aid powder where I could still see white spots.

The results are okay. I find the colours a bit too bright for my taste. Mind you, I shouldn't say that cause it reminds me of a sweater I bought last summer.
Wow, till I got it out of the closet, I did not realize how similar they are! Maybe I don't mind it so much. What looks good in the summer as summer colours, should look good in the winter as well, right?
I might use it to make another cowl. I might also add it to my etsy shop..we'll see.

I will have to do some experimenting to see how to tone down those Wilton colours a bit though.

I have also been working on another fun project combining two things I love to do...soap making and knitting. I'll be back with pictures this weekend!
Till them, do something nice for yourself, you deserve it!