I'm new to making soap, and I've researched cold process soap-making- I'm pretty clear on it, except for one thing: after your soap has traced, and you've put it in the molds, etc, the "soap" that's left over on your implements and bowls, does it still contain lye? Or has the chemical reaction neutralized it?
I'm trying to figure out if I can just clean up the bowls and spoons with soap and water, or if I need some kind of crazy vinegar bath. :-p
I'm a booby girl, and I want to make some summer dresses that don't require wearing a bra (because that sort of negates the comfortableness of the sundress, sigh) and I'm thinking that if I base the bodice on a modified bra pattern, that might work.
I'm not looking for bra-like support, just something that, um, keeps the girls in place.
I'm a fairly okay seamstress, and comfortable drafting my own patterns, so I know I can do this if I can just find a pattern (or at least some good images) of older bras- the kind that didn't involve stretchy fabric or underwire.
This was originally a kit from Joanns, with atrocious color combinations and something cheesy like "Friends Are Forever" in the middle. You wonder why I bought it? Well, me too. But after replacing the provided floss with my own, completely changing the border, and picking a different slogan for the center, I think it's... okay. I'd do things differently if I did it again, but I was kind of making it up as I went along.
I wanted it to say "Love stinks", but alas! I couldn't make it fit.
I don't even know where to put this one. My Tivo caught an episode of Simply Quilts (I think?) that dealt with "Crayon quilts", in which you basically "color on" a fake applique, instead of stitching it on. My lazy gene instantly kicked in, and I tried to think how I could use this.
The upside is that it's fast and looks kind of neat, and the downside is that you can't really wash it (some of the wax will wash out, although you could re-color, if you wanted) so I was looking for something wall-hanging-ish.
This is what I came up with. I'm a big dork for Christmas, so even though I started it on the 26th? I figure I'm just getting an early start for next year. It can be a wall hanging or porch greeter thing when I'm finished. Bear in mind that this is a trial run, and isn't complete yet. I plan to finish the background with simple redwork Xmas motifs, and a redwork background grid.
It's not terribly clear from the photo, so FYI, what you're looking at is a muslin/batting/muslin sandwich, and now I'm doing a simple running stitch around the lines of the central motif (which is from the fabulous needlecrafter.com!) I think it looks better in person, actually. The "poofiness" of the batting doesn't show up well in this picture.
I'm knitting the "Side-to-Side Ribbon Pullover" from Interweave Knits spring '04. I craftily figured out that, by adjusting the recommended needle size, I could make it out of super-cheap Lily Sugar 'n Cream cotton and save myself approximately a gazillion dollars.
So far, so good. But I just realized that, although one might not think that white 100% cotton yarn would have dye lots... I guess it does. And I didn't realize this until about halfway through. So now, after switching to a new ball of yarn, there's a faint, but noticeable (at least to me) block of slighty-different-white running vertically down the front.
Any ideas? I don't really want to rip out seven inches of knitting, and I also don't have the wrappers from the first two balls I used, so I couldn't match the dye lot anyway.
Help! I'm starting to think Bad, Bad Thoughts Involving Bleach. And dunking one's newly hand-knit sweater in a bleach bath is clearly a terrible idea.