I have been quite busy with a few WIPs over the last couple of weeks. I've been trying to get them out of the way before I start Miss A's dress and a new corsetty outfit for me.
First of all there's this bag which I have been mending for a friend. This is the "before" shot where you can see that the handle has become detached ...
We both thought this would look better with a black lining. Et voila!
Why has it got snaps on the handles I hear you ask? ....
Decidedly less glamorous than the bag, and a bit less "Time Team" than my last knitted effort, I have completed another knitted cotton washcloth.
This time I think i've figured out tension and got to grips with my yarn, needle, finger positional ratios. As you can see from the vague "triangular" shape that is trying to occur here.. (the picture is upside down I think).
And from washcloths, to my new favourite obsession.
Remember I said I had lots of parcels and boxes lying around .. well this is the first one. Just before Bath (ha ha), this enormous box arrived, causing much hysterical excitement and almost making me want to forgoe my long awaited weekend treat!
It contained lovely raw soap making supplies from The Soap Kitchen. Lots of butters, waxes, oils and essential oils, plus caustic soda and thermometers. Now all I need to find is a large saucepan, and a blending stick. Having made my own soap with Jane (who is a bit of a soapy guru in the UK) a few months ago, I'm telling you, I never ever want to buy the commercial stuff ever again! Here are some soapy links for you:
The Soap Kitchen - for supplies, recipies, hints and tips
Armomantic - organic supplies and scents
Soap Basics - more supplies
TeachSoap.com - recipies, techniques, hints and tips
Technobillies - Natural recipies including chocolate soap, Jane is a genius expert soapmaker
Soap Tutorial - from the Down to Earth Blog
The Naked Soap Company - this is where you can buy natural soap if you don't want to make it, or they offer soap making courses, taught by Jane.