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11  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Melting CP shaving soap into a mug... questions! on: January 02, 2009 02:49:38 AM
One of my best guy friends is that guy that, before it even hits noon, has that 5 o' clock shadow. His girlfriend hates it, haha, and we all affectionately call him the Yeti. He's a old school sort of guy, and I think he'd love the idea of shaving with a brush, hard soap, and a straight razor.
So, for his birthday, I'd love to pick up a mug, soap, and bristle brush! I've heard before that it can be annoying to have the soap spin in the mug while you're trying to use it, and because they probably don't have the chance to get as wet and soppy as a normal bath bar... I was wondering if I can just melt the soap down and pour it into the cup. Is that what you guys call rebatching? Haha.

I ran across MareMare's tutorial on rebatching, and then somewhere I read that using something like yogurt would work as the liquid and would also make it smoother? I just have a few questions on that.
When it shrinks back up, would it be strong enough to damage the mug (ceramic), provided that I use very little liquid?
How melted is "sufficiently" melted? I'm imagining a really viscous liquid, molasses like perhaps?
What sort of essential oils do you think would work well for a guy, and of those, which ones would add any coloration? And normally how much EO would you add for say, 4oz of soap? A few drops? I want to keep it simple, but a little color mottling makes it interesting.
Would it just be easier to shred and melt the soap straight into the mug, so that it'll be smoother and perhaps heat faster because of the ceramic's own high heat capacity? Or would that be dangerous for any reason?

Thanks! Haha. If this works out, I feel like it'll be a fun gift for many a man. It's rather badass in my opinion to use the brush and mug. xD
12  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Silly question on finishing heart sachets on: December 27, 2008 02:05:51 AM
I've recently found myself to have far more yarn than I can justify (darn!), and am making random little things for friends. I stumbled across the Berocco Heartfelt pattern  http://www.berroco.com/exclusives/heartfelt/heartfelt.html   and thought it was absolutely adorable.
Just one question... where do the seams go? My hearts definitely went to bend into a 3D shape, but they're flat-ish right now, and i don't know what they mean by all these seams.

Also, another question - I plan on turning these into little sachets with some dried organic lavender. Should it mostly be cotton and some lavender, or are sachets completely filled with the flower instead?
Is it doable to felt all of it, but leave one seam undone, so that the flowers can be placed in after the sachets are done felting and dried? If so, what should I temporarily stuff the sachets with - would plastic bags just melt in the hot water?

Thanks so much! =) I hope you guys are having a great holiday season so far!
13  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Basic Lace Knitting questions on: January 17, 2008 01:47:54 PM
Alright, so I'm a total newbie at knitting - I've stuck to making odd-sized stockinette squares for so long that I decided I needed something better to do. Finally learned to cable, and made a pair of Fetching armwarmers from Knitty that I'm quite proud of... and then decided to get adventurous. I'm somewhat regretting it. ^^"

I'm using this pattern http://www.mtholyoke.edu/~bsennott/Falling%20Water%20Pattern.pdf and knitting it with Malabrigo worsted wool, which looks more then a little silly, but I just had to have a scarf out of it. I needed it on my neck, you know? So warm, mmm.

My problem is this - I keep running out of stitches by the end of each row! I'm always 3 stitches short, so the right side and first two repeats of the scarf look normal, and then I just leave out 3 stitches in the pattern to keep the seed border intact. So my last repeat looks a little wonky. I have the right amount of stitches when I finish a row, though.
I don't really understand lace patterns, haha. I think it's occuring because well... the increases and decreases push it forward, sort of. A yarn over creates one, maintaining the same amount, but if the stitch is made on the right needle, then aren't I really losing one everytime I do a ssk, because that's taking one away from the left needle?

Help please,
A Very Confused Knitter.
14  PURSES, BAGS, WALLETS / Purses, Bags, Wallets: Discussion and Questions / Closure via teeth? on: December 26, 2007 10:17:52 PM
I'm in the midst of making a monster purse/bag thing. My first (intentionally) crafty thing ever, I believe. =) No sewing machine or anything, just these guns. ::flexes arm and giggles::

I'd like to make it a simple bag (what is a Jordy? I think mine may be one) with something that looks toothy. I was either going to use a large-toothed white zipper (but I'm not sure if they exist, or where to get one) or perhaps just cut it out of some white felt and use magnets/zipper underneath to hold it closed, so that the monster is baring his teeth.

Any ideas/suggestions? Thanks in advance!
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