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1  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lye heavy soap! What should I do?? on: December 04, 2013 10:27:40 AM
Oh yeah! I used to use shortening a lot. I actually have a book of recipes that I've used in the past, but man, I've turned into a lazy soaper (it's been a long time since I've been serious about it)

As far as adding lanolin goes - I think it needs to be added after everything saponifies so it doesn't get damaged during the process (true?) then should I superfat with the lanolin? I'm not even sure if that would work, but I'm trying to make a wool wash bar that is so full of lanolin that I won't need to lanolize afterwards (wool cloth diaper covers).
2  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Discussion and Questions / Re: Lye heavy soap! What should I do?? on: December 04, 2013 09:57:34 AM
Dang. I was really excited about using only one oil. I guess I should just go back to complicated recipes.

The weird thing is that the last four batches turned out great, even one that exploded.

Wait, let's talk zap test. When I touch my tongue to the soap, I don't get an immediate battery zap. Rather, it builds up from nothing to a sting. Is that just the gross nature of licking soap?
3  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

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!
4  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Washable and Reusable Nursing Pads on: December 23, 2012 09:22:46 AM
Great idea! I want to make some of my own nursing pads as well. How did these work for you?
5  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday! 7/6/2012 on: July 06, 2012 03:33:21 PM
That IS a lovely batt! What techniques will you use to spin it?

It's been ages since I've posted...

For Granddad - Striping 2ply Bamboo Merino 8oz 154yd

Lid It - 2ply Merino Alpaca Llama 6.7oz 92yd

The Suits - 2ply Alpaca Shetland wool blend 5.9oz 88yd

The last one is full of guinea hen feathers from a farm I was working on. Beautiful creatures!
6  FIBER ARTS / Weaving: Completed Projects / Re: Rusty Weaving Experiment! on: July 05, 2012 03:01:49 PM
This is a really cool experiment. Thanks for sharing your process! I'd love to see more.
7  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: My shiny new Aura!!! and a few pretty yarns :) on: July 05, 2012 02:54:10 PM
Belladune, that tailspun BFL is GORGEOUS! So luscious! That is one hell of an awesome anniversary gift, congrats!
8  FIBER ARTS / Felting: Completed Projects / Re: felty bag, pouches, and neckthings on: March 25, 2011 10:58:08 AM
iradaska, They are sooo comfortable! Wool is a temperature regulator, so these bad boys are comfy to wear in hot and cold weather.

DestinationVenus, By hand! It sure was a pain in the bum, and it doesn't look as neat and tidy on the inside as I would like, but it seems silly to add a lining. :-)

Thank y'all for the compliments! I haven't felted anything in months. Looking at the post again makes me want to get felty.
9  FIBER ARTS / Spinning: Completed Projects / Re: Fiber Friday 28 January 2011 on: January 28, 2011 12:54:19 PM
jex, those are both lovely. the second one actually makes my mind wander onto thoughts of flowers and warmth... mmm.

tree nymph

queen christine of sweden

low on juice


remember lisa frank? (I wonder... is this a copyright issue?)


annnd I dyed up a bunch of merino
10  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: hand spun hats! on: January 25, 2011 09:57:48 AM
thank you, FoxyBlue!
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