Thursday, February 12, 2009

Knitting and Soap Making

So I wrote this post over a week ago and saved it as a draft after I had trouble with the font on my schedule below. Now I've given up on straightening things out so here it is ... such as it is. =)

I have been working on knitted facecloths lately. For one design I'm using a very nice cotton yarn that is sooo soft! Knitting with double strands makes for a thick fabric with the feel of chenille. I plan to offer sets of a luxurious facecloth with a handmade soap at the markets and on Etsy too. I have already sold two, sets sight unseen. So yay! The second design is knitted in a cotton/linen yarn that while soft will soften more with use. These will also be offered as sets with a handmade soap.

Speaking of handmade soaps ... my soap making classes are coming up soon at the Old Jail Arts Center (link at sidebar). The class schedule is :

Thursday, February 26, 2009
6 p.m. - 8 p.m.
Saturday, February 28, 2009
1 p.m. - 3 p.m.

Learn to make Melt and Pour Soaps using glycerin, goat’s milk, honey (My personal favorite!) and other soap bases. A selection of fragrance oils and soap dyes will be available for the student’s use. Students will take home 3 soaps plus an information packet. Soap making has the potential to be messy so aprons, or similar cover-ups, are suggested.

I recently bought two tables that I plan to use to set up my dyeing, soap making, candle making, laundry room. What I really want is a base cabinet with shelves and drawers but until that happens the tables and a few totes will work nicely. The tables are large enough to hold the extra microwave and the crockpots I will be using. We may also hang a long shelf above one of the tables for added storage. The shelf can't be too high because at 5' 2" I am vertically challenged. =)