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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Adding Honey to Lip Balm on: July 15, 2013 03:11:13 AM
MareMare, if you don't terribly mind, I think I will be stealing your 'secret' when I place my next materials order.  Thank you!
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Adding Honey to Lip Balm on: July 11, 2013 02:49:45 PM
That's actually sort of helpful, believe it or not.  Means I'm not alone in thinking it may not be worthwhile!   Grin
3  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
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Have you ever chosen yarn over food? on: November 22, 2007 12:27:43 PM
I wouldn't choose yarn over food, but books?  Oh yeah!  To quote Erasmus, when I get a little money, I buy books; and if any is left, I buy food and clothes.
5  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Quick knitted gifts for teens..?.. on: November 22, 2007 06:06:06 AM
Beanies (hats) knit in the round with chunky yarn are probably the quickest and easiest.  No seaming and you can embellish them with just about anything from pom-pons to cute buttons.
6  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: i don't understand slipped stitches. on: November 22, 2007 06:01:23 AM
It's decorative and keeps the edge from rolling. 
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Don't You Love it When People Say... on: November 22, 2007 05:56:28 AM
Hate 'em: 

"I didn't know people still had time to do that."
"Isn't it cheaper to just buy a sweater (a hat, gloves, etc.)?"
"Oh, that's so easy, my grandmother used to make hats (gloves, sweaters, etc) all the time."  (And you have no idea how much of a labor of love it was, do you, you ungrateful dolt?)
"Where did you buy that?" 
"Oh, I could never do that, I'm too busy."
"I can't believe YOU are doing something so unfeminist."
"Make me one!"
"I would never waste my money or time doing something like that."

Love 'em:

"That is just too cool."
"A piece of wearable art created from string and two self-defense weapons, man, that's wicked McGuyver!"
"You must be great at math!"  (I'm not but knitting has improved my math skills.)
"I'd be honored if you'd consider making me a hat (scarf, mittens, etc.)"
"You could sell those and make a ton of money."
8  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Don't You Hate When People Say................ on: November 22, 2007 05:44:08 AM
Here's one you'll like.  I was in my doc's office yesterday morning, working on a fingerless mitt in the round (on a tiny Clover circ *Squee!*) and a woman sitting across from me, who had three kids roughly ages 4 - 7 running wild in the waiting room, snorted and said "You're knitting, right?  I didn't know people still had time for that stuff."  I never even looked up when I said "I'd rather knit than procreate." 

Caught a glimpse of her face when the doc called me in and, man, was she twisted!  When I was leaving I overheard that the woman with the kids was there for court mandated parental counseling.  OOPS! 

I should feel guilty, but I don't.
9  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: Don't You Hate When People Say................ on: November 22, 2007 05:27:31 AM
Feminism: Being able to do what you want and not have someone b!tch you out for it.

Works for me.
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Re: easy fingerless mitts pattern? on: November 19, 2007 08:00:38 PM
Clover makes teeny tiny circular needles (8") that are wonderful alternatives to dpns, especially for projects such as mittens and cuffs.  Unfortunately, they're pretty hard to find these days.  I bought mine a few years ago from Halyconyarn.com (and Halcyon still has the US 10 size in stock) and use them all of the time.  If you don't like dpns, I recommend searching the web or eBay for the Clover circs.
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