Saturday, February 18, 2023

Good Golly...


The last time you saw these Static socks they looked like this. Notice anything strange with them? Look at the ribbing.

Well, now they look like this. When I went to turn the heels I realized with horror (and I mean HORROR) that I had cast on 56 stitches on one and 60 on the other. Can you believe it? Seriously. I wanted to kick myself all over the house. It's been a long time since I hated so hard on myself as I ripped it all out and started over. My punishment is that I can't touch any of my other knitting projects until I get the little one back up to the heel. Sigh....

On a happier note, Avalon came out as nice as I hoped. With my last two batches I seemed to have cracked the code. 
First, use the smallest of my measuring cups for adding color. Less is more.
Second,  add only 1/2 TBL of fragrance regardless of what the fragrance calculators call for. Again, less is more.  
Third, don't heat the incubator box if I want to avoid glycerin rivers and want a nice smooth bar. 

Yesterday's pour was back to basics with a simple oat milk soap. No color, no fragrance, no animal products-just some colloidal oatmeal and some oat milk I had made by soaking some raw oatmeal overnight. It's a very friendly soap for anyone with allergies. I added flecks of powdered vanilla pods because I saw someone do it on YouTube and thought it looked cool. It's supposed to make a natural vanilla smell but I didn't smell anything. Like always... we'll see tomorrow when I cut it. 



  1. Sorry about those socks. I did that once. I cast on 64 on one sock, which is my normal and 74 on the second! Whoops! I was past the heel before I realized my error.
    The soap is lovely. So delicately colored. You have a gift.
    Blessings and hugs,

  2. We are hardest on ourselves! Still, it is annoying to make a mistake way back at the beginning! The soap is incredibly beautiful--both of them!

  3. So sorry to hear about those naughty stitches! I'll bet you aren't the only one who's ever done that though. I sure like seeing all of your soap making projects>