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21  My local shops stopped stocking my washing powder. in Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects by Antidigger on: March 13, 2013 04:14:12 AM
So, what else do I do? I make my own Cheesy



I used this tutorial http://snottydog.wordpress.com/2013/02/22/eco-friendly-washing-tabs/

Now-of course- it never runs smoothly does it? Cheesy Cheesy Cheesy

The size of the soap bars isn't given in the recipe, so, having only small bars on hand, I used 3 x 100g bars. Either the soap in the USA isn't the same as the soap in the UK or I picked a particularly dense sort of soap. The dissolving took an age.  Roll Eyes

Eventually, I gave up using a spoon and just whisked the mixture, to at least get an even distribution of lumps. By the time (about an hour & a half  Angry) I'd got all the soap in, it didn't look like soap soup at all, but was a sort of paste running around the bottom of my pan.  Shocked
Yikes! I gave in Lips sealed and added another 3/4 of a pint of water to make it fluid again, even if it was very viscous. Undecided

I didn't dare take it off the heat at that stage- it would set if I didn't give it my best Paddington Bear stare all the time.

I very quickly made up the washing soda solution (generous name to give that- at the bottom it was a bit like a cup of coffee where someone has put sugar in- when you don't take sugar Sad- but decided not to stir it, so you don't notice until you've drunk too much to complain  Embarrassed) and poured that in too. Another good whisk round- not too fast, so I didn't make bubbles- but getting into every corner and it was finally thin enough to risk taking the heat off. Undecided

Of course, then I discovered that I didn't have the ice cube trays I'd intended to use: they'd been put to a more normal use!
Bah Humbug! Wink
So I covered the base of 2 roasting dishes with cling film and poured the stuff into those and set them outside for half an hour whilst I calmed down with a cup of tea. Smiley
The cling film didn't melt, the roasting trays remained clean and the stuff set beautifully. Cool Cool Cool Even with the extra 3/4 of a pint of water the stuff has set soft enough to cut and hard enough to keep it's shape and not stick excessively together. Grin

Of course I rushed the pouring, so I didn't get even layers in the dishes and my cutting isn't perfect so my tabs are all different sizes. Undecided So now I'm discovering just how many I need in a load. 5 little ones for a big load is good Grin, 2 big ones for a half load is good Grin. 2 little ones for a half load is rubbish Sad.

But I now (after 2 weeks of washing) have still got 2 1/2 tubs left, I don't think that's bad really for 2 1/2 hours work and 1 of ingredients.
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22  Re: 2012 DeStash-Along in Craftalongs by Antidigger on: December 15, 2012 01:35:18 AM
I know I've been sort of absent on this thread for a long time , but I have been watching it, quietly. I have been destashing quite strongly this Christmas crafting time.

Here are a few of my pressie projects:
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=417926.msg4945772#msg4945772
All from stashed scraps of paper & card and a bit of embroidery thread.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=417925.msg4945759#msg4945759
I didn't have enough of either yarn to make a full scarf for my mother in law, but they combined nicely.

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=416420.msg4924101#msg4924101

http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=415245.msg4909505#msg4909505
I don't think I posted this here before, but if I have, please forgive me.

I also knitted up these wrist warmers from some scrap wool


And raided my stash of scrapped library books and plain(ish) paper for some literary gifts for my mum.
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23  Re: 2012 Winter Holiday Crafting Lists! in Winter Holidays by Antidigger on: December 14, 2012 09:56:07 AM
I know we got asked for pictures and links at the beginning of this topic, so here are some of my finished projects
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=417926.new#new
This book is going to my sister in law who really appreciates the crafts I make for her and asks for them early enough that I have plenty of making time.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=417925.msg4945759#msg4945759
More scarves for in-laws.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=416420.msg4924101#msg4924101
This shawl is going to my beloved friend who taught me to knit

Her husband has a pair of wrist warmers as he has taken up archery and has been told to relax his wrists more. Their children each have belts, but foolishly I forgot to take photos of them before they got wrapped.
http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=412967.msg4880047#msg4880047
These baskets are going to my brother who has just got a new house to furnish.
Also he's got some of these scrubbies

and these fridge mats

and these cable cosies

all inside one of these




This is my mum's stash of things, can you tell she's a literary kind of person?

Although we had them professionally printed, the calendars are populated with photos we've taken at kite festivals this year. They will go to our kite friends and for some of the kiting girls there are crocheted flower brooches made from broken bits of kite line, but once again I forgot to photograph those too.
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24  Making paper in the kitchen. in Paper Crafts: Completed Projects: General by Antidigger on: December 14, 2012 09:33:47 AM
I am so absurdly proud of this. 9 signatures of handmade paper, that's my handmade paper, made by my own hands over the summer this year. Every hot sunny day (and there weren't many of them in the UK this year) I was outside with my hands in cold water. Due to the drying time required and the equipment I have, I could do a maximum of 4 sheets in a day. I've learned an awful lot doing it, and will be making paper again next year Smiley. The book is coptic bound as the recipient loves all thing egyptian, tenuous connection I know, but I had to decide somehow!



All pages are made with recycled paper: I took the pile of recycling, chose from the non glossy stuff and just placed it in colour matched piles. The stronger the colours in the chosen paper, the stronger the colours come out when dry. I tore the paper into bits, mixed with water and blended it to get the pulp. Sometimes I then added bits: threads, flower petals, herbs, glitter e.t.c.

Things I learned:
  • Blending the pulp in warm water makes it pulp down quicker
  • Wallpaper, even when torn into little fingernail size pieces doesn't pulp down
  • Flower petals, contrary to reasonable expectations, even when massively fragile, also don't shred in the blender
  • There is such a thing as too much glitter in the mix
  • All your neighbours will come and ask what you're doing
  • Threads look better when they are longer, but it makes it much more of a pain to get an even coating on your deckle.
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25  Do you have someone you'd like to strangle at Christmas? in Knitting: Completed Projects by Antidigger on: December 14, 2012 09:11:55 AM
This is for my brother-almost-in-law

He's no Scrooge, nor yet a Marley's Ghost, but does do a lot of roleplaying and should enjoy it for a reference to one of his ongoing games.

This is for my mother-in-law

She'll love the soft creamy wool next to her skin and the thick-thin yarn should go with many of her coats. It's the first time I tried a knitted button cover.

They're both made from remnants from other projects and were knitted up mostly at break in work.

Disclaimer: I love them both, I'd never want to strangle them for real.
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26  Re: Shop the Swap Winter Market- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Antidigger on: November 27, 2012 12:08:22 PM
Also sold to Squidget.
Cotton scrubbie


Walnut Octopus (as sale freebee item based on her tastes)


Thank you so much for your claim Squidget.
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27  Marley's Chains in Knitting: Completed Projects by Antidigger on: November 04, 2012 03:30:48 PM
As the weather gets colder we all need a wee bit of warmth. But the men amongst us don't always want to seem soft. What can be better that carrying the chains of the world around your neck, whilst also giving that  wee bit of warmth, all hidden.

This is a pattern from knitty: http://knitty.com/ISSUEwinter05/PATTmarleysghost.html

I've knitted it twice now, the first time I felted it, but the acrylic mix yarn really didn't like it very much. It felted OK, but the end result was ugly. I suppose that's what I get for using the spare yarn from my stash, rather than the one specified in the pattern! However I like the look of the scarf without felting, so I present to you my second attempt.

First a close up of the links


And the whole thing
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28  What? All that from one ball of yarn! in Knitting: Completed Projects by Antidigger on: November 03, 2012 12:38:38 PM
So I got given a whole load of odd balls of wool when I first started knitting, there were some real stunners in there along with the inevitable acrylic.

I've just felt qualified enough to start using some of the stunners! This is my first piece of lace knitting (OK, the first piece that is all lace) it was a fairly simple pattern and there are only (as I recall) 2 mistakes in it, and after blocking, I can't find them, so I guess that's all right. It's the Blossom Silk-SeaCell shawl from the luxury yarn one skein wonders book.



I just love the way the colours stream out from the centre, and that the background is actually dark brown not black. It's gorgeous, but I've decided to give it away: it'll go to my longest friend.
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29  Re: Shop the Swap Winter Market- Gallery! in The Swap Gallery by Antidigger on: November 01, 2012 11:15:00 AM
Sold to Iota1617

2 map notepads.


Thank you so much for the claim. Smiley
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30  Re: Shop the Swap Winter Market-Discussion Thread! in New Swap Theme Ideas by Antidigger on: October 26, 2012 01:57:53 AM
Busy updating my shop! I've been crating with my thrown-out library books again.


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