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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Lye heavy soap! What should I do?? on: December 04, 2013 08:31:58 AM
Help! My HPCP soap is lye heavy!!!

I cooked it on low for over 3 hours and it still zaps!

I used this recipe from mommypotomous
http://www.mommypotamus.com/how-to-make-pure-coconut-oil-soap-for-cleansing-and-laundry/

33 oz coconut oil, 76 degree*
4.83 ounces lye (NaOH)**
12.54 oz water
.5 1 ounce essential oils (optional)

I've made this recipe a bunch I times, but this time it volcanoed out of the crock within the first 5 minutes. So I *think* I might have lost too much oil (the concoction separated on the counter into a puddle of liquid and a hardened soap layer on top)

I tried adding more coconut oil to the mix. What would you do? Is it doomed for laundry soap?

I want to make wool wash bars, would adding a bunch of lanolin counteract the lye?
(anyone have a HP recipe with 30% or more lanolin?)

Thanks everyone!
2  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Discussion and Questions / sharing secrets: least favorite thing about spinning? on: January 22, 2011 08:34:39 PM
let me indulge you in a secret.
my absolute,
least favorite thing...
...about spinning
...is...

drafting,

yes, that's right.
I said it...
drafting.



I hate dislike it a whole lot.
I find it rather tedious,
time consuming,
and frustrating.
my hands are always super sore after,
and it squashes my mood to spin.



...yet, I just can't spin without drafting.
maybe my hands don't work fast enough,
or I don't comprehend how it works -
spinning and drafting,
simultaneously.
blasphemy!



well, that's my secret.
what's yours?
3  New York / New York: South / Holiday Shopping Bazaar - Narrowsburg on: December 10, 2010 06:44:45 AM
hey there! it doesn't seem like anybody checks this, but I just wanted to share -



the event was set up by the Upper Delaware LGBT group,
the Gays of Sullivan County.
and all of the money made from donations will go to our local food pantries!
it should be a crazy good time!

I will be set up by the stage selling my handspun yarn, and handknit woolly-winter-art-wear!
4  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / what to do with all that left-over-on-the-bobbin-yarn?? (ETA finished hat!) on: November 30, 2010 09:55:25 AM
I've had an inch, or so, of left-over yarn on my bobbins for months now.
I just attach whatever new fiber I'm working on, to the previous yarn, and spin away.
and whatever doesn't get used from that bunch get's left on the bobbin as well.
see my ever-accumulating dilemma?

well I finally got sick of my cluttered bobbins the other day,
and decided to ply all this abandoned yarn together.
behold...
scraptastica!
44 yards
4 WPI

it's mostly merino.
cochineal dyed, blue, black, red and purple.
and when I ran out of the bobbin yarn,
I went for my stash of knitting yarn!
(I have bundles of left-overs
ranging from one to ten yards)


this chunky masterpiece will lend itself nicely to a thick winter hat!

what do you do with your left-overs?

edit!!
here's the finished hat.
I also used this yarn (sfuzz)


(so much pink! haha)
I think I need to spin up another one of these!!
5  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / deer antlers on: November 29, 2010 04:30:22 PM
hey there!

I was a last-minute-axis-deer for halloween, so I threw on a dress I made a few years ago, painted my face (didn't have brown! so I mixed green/red and used eyeshadow to help blend. the eyeshadow made it all sort of gloppy, so I wouldn't recommend it), and crafted up some antlers.
note, holding a felting needle in your mouth is never a particularly good idea!


I needle felted the basic shape with raw merino wool (teeny tiny lanolin-filled locks! would definitely use processed wool if I did this again), wet felted a bit, then more felting with the needle to reinforce thin spots. they weren't as sturdy as I thought they'd be, so I jammed some heavy wire into them and now they're poseable!

the antlers were very shoddily sewn onto a thick headband. I may tidy it up at some point.



yeah, antlers go with every outfit. Wink
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / handspun hats! on: November 22, 2010 08:02:31 PM
anyone hear of magic mend? it's a blend of oils that help ease joint/muscle pain. serrrrriously amazing for my arthritic, twenty year old, knitting hands!

landscape, for a painter-friend of mine:


many different fibers went into this painting; local llama, local cormo, local merino, local shetland, mill end wool, mohair, and a bit of superwash wool.


the business of being born (I started naming my hats after the documentary I watched whilst knitting. is that weird?? har har, some of them are a little bizarre...)


this one is for a good friend of mine who lost her family (llamas, sheep, goats, horses, bunnies) due to a silly technicality. I want her to know, she is appreciated for being such a loving lady, so I knit her a hat with her very own llama fiber!



I just wish I were invincible so I could spin and knit a new creation each day. that would be glorious!
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / hand spun hats! on: November 13, 2010 12:43:02 PM
new york winters are brutal. and considering we are having a very long, very warm autumn season, I imagine this winter is going to be even more disturbingly brutal. so what have I been doing?

knhatting of course (hat-knitting??? hah!)






I dyed and spun all the yarn, except for the green and orange yarn in the second hat (thank you superhooker!)

there are a bunch more. I'm working on editing and uploading them to the interwebs Smiley
8  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / I'm on a roll tonight... on: October 08, 2010 09:48:16 PM
might as well roll with it!

yeah, I'm corny...

stump. cormo, merino, alpaca, hemp, bamboo. all hand dyed.


snazz. merino, bamboo, shparkly shtuff, and silk noil.



spook. cormo, merino, alpaca, bamboo, hemp. I nabbed this picture right before my camera batteries died. so it's not the greatest.


I've always been a once-through-the-carder type of gal. but the latter two, I ran through twice, and I dig it! it's amazing to see how much they change through each pass.
9  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / felty bag, pouches, and neckthings on: October 08, 2010 09:37:47 PM
I haven't posted in quite a while. here's what I've been up to...!

bunches of these...


few pouches...


what do you all think of these? I'm way underpricing them, and still have only sold a couple. (but I think they're super cute! am I just kidding myself?)



few bracelets. I need to get more pictures...


bracelet, chocker/bracelet, headwrap/scarflettes


new adventure, felty bags... (this is my first one, don't laugh!)



in other words, I've been having a whole lotta fun. all thanks to the crappy economy and being jobless. whoop! I'll try to get some more pictures soon!

all comments, questions, and ridicules welcome Grin
10  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Fiber Friday (Saturday?) 10.08.10 on: October 08, 2010 09:15:24 PM
what? really? where are all you lovely spinners hiding today? I always get confused and second guess whether or not it is actually friday, when there's no fiber friday post.

hautton. hand dyed merino wool, and alpaca.


gute karneval. hand dyed merino wool and bamboo.


a10 royalty. Merino wool, mill end wool, alpaca, hemp and shparkly shtuff.



mish mosh. mostly merino wool, with bits of mill end wool, alpaca, mohair, bamboo, and shparkly shtuff.



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