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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Crafty Housewares: Completed Projects: General / Sock blanket/quilty/rug thing on: September 22, 2012 06:24:26 AM
A few years ago the lovely MrsFlibble made a sock blanket for her daughter. I've been wanting to do something similar for quite a while.
I went through my sock drawer and any that had holes in or had been previously repaired got sent to the blanket fund.

I cut the tops with the pictures into 2, one for each side. I used the elastic tops as hair bands, and the foot also got cut into 2.

Then, i patchworked them together really simply in squares. I had 51 pieces (some of the bottoms had really gone too far to use). So i made a 10x5 thing. It's too small to be a blanket, and too small for a rug. I plan to add to it whenever I do a sock drawer clearout.

The whole thing

Some detail

More detail.

I hope eventually to make it big enough to back with rug backing for the floor. I think it'll make an interesting rug.
2  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Matching Bedding - Lucky dog! on: September 22, 2012 06:15:59 AM
My dog had a beloved blankie, but it was starting to look a bit worn and dirty (despite repeated washings!!).

So I went to the pound shop and got her a new blankie. The problem was that she just didn't love it as much as the old one.

So...A bit of cutting, sacrificing a pair of PJ bottoms and some patchwork later, she had a new quiltish blankie:

The blankie (with dog) from the top

And with the bottom flipped to show the old blankie.

The new blankie (the brighter pinky one) that I bought was a long rectangle shape, and I can't bear waste, so I made her a pillow cover using the other half and some more sacrificed PJ bottoms.

I'll get a pic when she gets off of it!!

Nucky is a rescued Chihuahua cross. She's now really happy with her new quilty blankie!
3  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Yet more stitch markers on: November 17, 2007 09:10:44 AM
I was so proud of myself for learning to knit, that i decided to make myself stitch markers too:

I'm really pleased with them!
4  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Sticky Needles on: November 16, 2007 12:20:53 PM
I've looked in the FAQ, and i've checked all of this board, but no-one else seems to have asked the question.

I have sticky needles. I've tried everything! they've been cleaned, and i've run them through my hair like my mum told me to do...but the wool still sticks to them (by wool, i mean yarn. Acrylic yarn...i'm British!).

I'm using Aero needles (old brand - metal grey ones) and i think its the oils from my hands or something.

Anyone got any ideas?
5  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Volcano soap!! on: September 01, 2007 02:51:02 PM
I;'ve just made a batch of CP soap and i think its gone disastrously wrong...

I think i've mixed the oils and lye when they were too hot, but i#m not sure.

I mixed them together, and they seemed to trace immediately, and then started 'growing', but it was all air, so i stirred  the soap and it was setting. I've put it into a mould, but i don't hold out much hope - its really airy, and seems to be bubbling up a lot. It also looks like its gelling!

Was it that the oils and lye were too hot?
Is it worth trying to save it?
6  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / First Soaps on: August 19, 2007 09:04:04 AM
It looks a bit rogh and ready, but i left it too long at trace.
I give you:

Coconut-Ice-Cherry Soap. The bottom(white) is coconut, and the top (pink) is cherry. Both layers are fragranced with a hint of Bakewell to bring the scents together. It is a very sweet smell, but i think it goes well with the coconut ice confectionery look.


Orange and Lemongrass Egg Shampoo Bars
They smell nice, and look quite neat too. I'm pleased with them.

Sorry about the lighting - it was late last night when i took the pics.
7  KNITTING / Knitting: Discussion and Questions / Newbie Question: Stitch markers on: July 01, 2007 08:27:19 AM

I've only started knitting in the last month or so. I've managed a scarf and an i-pod cosy (i'm using SnB) but that's all.

Now...I don't understand stitch markers and how they work/how i use them.

Can someone exlain in simple language please? Ta x
8  HOME SWEET HOME / Interior Decorating: Discussion and Questions / Removing tiles on: March 11, 2007 10:38:49 AM
I have a bathrom that is covered from floor to celing in tiles. horrible green 70s things.

Does anyone know the best way to remove them? I was thinking sledge hammer, but that might not be productive!

9  MISCELLANEOUS TOPICS / Discussion and Questions / Fragrances on: December 10, 2005 08:05:07 AM

I have some candle fragrance oils that smell delicious, and i'm wondering whether they would be safe to use in soaps.

I'd love to smell like a scented candle all day!!

Ooh, and while i'm on the subject of fragrances, how much EO should i use to M&P soap? I have the glycerin clear version and the natural organic version and i have some EOs. I'd like to make some small soaps for some friends for christmas, but i don't want to overpower them by using too much oil!!

10  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / chocolate minty scrummyness on: November 26, 2005 07:04:55 AM
I know there are millions of lip balms out there, but i truly believe i've cracked it!

I used:

1 tbsp small beeswax pellets
1tsp shea butter
1tbsp sweet almond oil
5 drops peppermint flavour oil
2 cubes of dairy milk

oh yes, the 20:01 lip balm (so named because it tastes like after 8, but i can't call it that!)

i'm addicted, my sister's addicted, my friends are addicted Fantastic!

For those in the UK, does anyone know of anywhere cheaper than www.thesoapkitchen.co.uk? i love their stuff, but their prices are a bit high for me, as i only buy a little at a time.

ooohooh and, should cocoa butter, shea butter etc be kept in the fridge until use? I might have to invest in one of those mini-fridges if it does.
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