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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Adding Honey to Lip Balm on: July 11, 2013 04:54:30 AM
Recently returned to Craftster after a looooong hiatus so I apologize in advance for being a newb and likely not looking hard enough for an answer to my question.

Am using a basic lip balm recipe of 1 pt beeswax, 2 pts cocoa butter, and 1 pt apricot kernal oil which works just fine for filling balm tubes.  Am wanting to add some honey into the mix (for humectant purposes and to soften the base up just a smidgen) and I know it can't be added while the base is piping hot as it separates.  Tried letting the base cool a bit and though the honey seemed to mix in just fine I was left scooping the semi-soft product out and very quickly pasting it into a slider tin like I was spreading cheese on a cracker.  Now, that can't be right, can it?

To note this was a small test batch containing 2 tsp beeswax, 4 tsp cocoa butter, 2 tsp oil, and about 1.5 tsp processed honey.  The final consistency was right on target; not as hard as my usual balm, not soft enough to be a butter.  The issue is when and how to mix the honey so I can get the stuff out of the pot and into the tin or tube.  Any tips or tricks would be GREATLY appreciated!   (Oh, and FYI, I am at what is considered high altitude which definitely seems to make a difference with cooking everything.)   

Thanks  Smiley
2  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Why do you knit? on: July 07, 2006 01:40:23 AM
Alrighty ... Let me preface this by stating that I am a little stoned on pain meds right now and unable to sleep because the medication doesn't really do much for the pain (it just makes me not care about it) and, seeing as how I don't knit so well when impaired, I started to wonder about why people knit at all.  Seriously.  What makes someone pick up two sticks and some string and start making fabric out of it?  Why do people take up knitting to begin with?  What higher purpose, if any, does knitting serve in an era of rabid consumerism?  Humor me, if you will, and answer the following questions:

1.  Why did you learn to knit?

2.  Why do you knit?

3.  Do you have a knitting guru or idol?  Who and why?

I'll even go first:

1.  I learned to knit because, while I am a little creative, I am not crafty.  I wanted to prove to myself that I could learn a good, old fashioned craft.

2.  I knit out of boredom.  Not much of a social creature, so knitting occupies my time and makes me feel a part of something larger.

3.  My knitting guru is Deb Stoller because she made the craft accessible to me.  No one I knew knitted, my county doesn't even have a yarn shop, and that little pamphlet that came with the kiddie scarf kit just wasn't enough to get me beyond knit and purl.  Stitch 'n Bitch was my first knitting book and it turned me on to the larger picture. 

Who's next?

~ Carrie
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sock question for sock experts on: July 02, 2006 07:21:08 AM
I've been trying to decide if I want to knit my first-ever pair of socks on dpns or two circs, but I've recently thought of a third option: one 8 inch circ.  I realize that the heel will have to be turned on a dpn, but is there any reason why the rest of the sock cannot be knit on one 8" circ?  Anyone here ever try this?  Think it will work?

Wondering,
Carrie
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Hill Country yarns, anyone? on: June 25, 2006 02:50:14 PM
Anyone out there tried Hill Country yarn yet?  Saw an ad for it on a knitblog and fell in love with the Honey Butter colorway.  Wondering if it's worth a small investment to try out.

Thanks,
Carrie
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Morehouse Farm Merino Knits on: May 19, 2006 08:16:33 PM
I just received my copy of Morehouse Farm Merino Knits and I am loving it for it's beautiful simplicity.  Anyone else out there a fan?

~ Carrie
6  CROCHET / Projects from The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller / The Blob on: March 21, 2006 03:52:43 AM
Okay, here goes:  I'm pretty certain that I am not a crocheter.  I have tried, really, and I do like the idea of it because it seems to progress quickly.  However, everything that I attempt to make looks like a blob of knots.  It just doesn't seem to have that neat, professionally fashioned look that I can manage with knitting.  Other than working SC (which produces way stiff fabric, IMHO,) my crochet, even when I'm certain that I've done things right, looks holey and holey = messy in my book.  The completed projects shown in HH and on this board look so amazingly neat and finished ... What's the trick?

Curious,
Carrie
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Leafy Thing on: October 02, 2005 06:20:33 PM

Teva Durham's Lace Leaf Scarf knitted with Lamb's Pride worsted.  I don't really recommend Lamb's Pride for this project because the mohair content sort of obscures the lacework.  Still, this was a fun, easy, and fairly fast project (about 1 hours start to finish, including the steam blocking, and I'm a sloooow knitter.) 

~ Carrie   Grin
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / One skein of Manos on: September 27, 2005 01:00:23 AM
I've been graced with one skein of Manos in Bing Cherry.  Anyone have any suggestions for a fairly quick project which is worthy of this gorgeous stuff?

Thanks,
Carrie
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / How slow can you go? on: August 08, 2005 02:17:50 AM
Anyone else experiencing an involuntary knitting slow-down?  I'm seriously backed up on two projects (cardigan and vest) and have a third (another cardigan) waiting in the wings while several small projects are languishing in various stages of completion.  I see things I want to make and get jerked back to reality by the mound of stuff I've started but yet to complete.  Don't get me wrong, I like the sweaters I'm currently working on, I just can't seem to finish either of 'em.  I've made a pact with myself that I won't purchase any more yarn until I actually finish something sizable.  At my present rate, I won't be indulging until 2007!  It's like being in a woolen clad purgatory!  I need to get my knit (back) on. 

~ Carrie, singing "I'm all alone, just me and myself ... " a la Donkey
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Question about reversing shaping on: June 10, 2005 06:59:28 AM
I'm working on my first cardigan and have what may be a dumb question.  Then again, maybe not.  It has to do with working instructions in reverse. (Below is a fictional example for cardigan sweater front panels.)

Directions for the right front state:

Row 1: BO 4, k across rest of row
Row 2: P row
Row 3: BO 4, K2tog, k across rest of row
Row 4: P row

Directions for the left front state, "Work as for right front, but reverse all shapings.  Replace K2tog with SSK."

This is where the question comes in.  Do I do the following:

Row 1: K until last 4 stitches of row, BO remaining 4 stitches
Row 2: P row
Row 3: Knit until last 6 stitches of row, SSK, BO remaining 4 stitches
Row 4: P row

or do I do something else?  Have I reversed the shaping correctly or no?  I'm paranoid that I'm going to end up with two right sides.  Any help would be grand and much appreciated.

Thanks,
Carrie
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