All wet

For all the dishcloths I've knit in the last few months, I have yet to plunge one into the drink. How could I toss one of my pretties into the gnarly stew of coffee grounds, dried bits of cat food, crumbs and bacteria that is our dishwater?

So I decided to make some soap. A bit of a non sequiter, since I don't plan on washing dishes with it, but thought it might create the proper frame of mind in which to begin deploying the handknits in the service of home keeping.

I've said it before and, with your forbearance will say again, once you go homemade, you can't go back. Once you feel the soft, gentle suds of handmade soap on your skin and smell the scent of essential oils rise in the heat of the shower, well, a bar of Dove just don't cut it. Not to mention the itch. Like a dog with fleas in the summer when commercial soap comes anywhere near me.

But I had run out of coconut oil and after a set-to with a dreadful online vendor, who after a month of nudging sent me the WRONG product and after another month of terse emails never came through with the goods, I found a local source for conventional and organic soap-making supplies. When I found them online, scared the cats with the screaming. Do you know how much it costs to ship a gallon or two of oil?

Wednesday after a salutary walk with the blogless Garlic Queen in the southern part of the city, I wound my way to Colorado Organics, where I scored enough organic palm and coconut oils to see me through several new batches. They are delightful folks who love talking soap and have great ideas. Literally, I was foaming at the mouth.

Do you think there's room on Ravelry for a Soapy Knitters group?

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OK, so I just searched Ravelry. Of course there's a Handmade Soapmakers group. What was I thinking?

 

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March 13. 2008 23:37

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Ravelry + soap: Heck, yes!

While sick, I've spent a little time (for the first time) cruising the Ravelry groups. I almost signed up for the "Princess Bride" group, but figured I'd be more likely to just watch the movie again rather than talk about it.

Soap? That should be easy.

Deborah Robson |

March 14. 2008 00:07

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Oh yes, homemade soap is great! You should check out <a href="http://www.soapcrone.com/">http://www.soapcrone.com/">Amy">http://www.soapcrone.com/">http://www.soapcrone.com/">Amy the Soap Crone</a> at http://www.soapcrone.com/">http://www.soapcrone.com/ . She makes some really great stuff, including lavender shampoo bars that are wonderful. I was skeptical (soap in a bar?) but it lathers up great and smells divine. I also like the rosemary mint shampoo and the honey, goat's milk and oatmeal soap.

She's got two ebooks out now with recipes, too. She sells at the farmers market on Pearl Street in Denver and other markets, and also online.

I wrote a review <a href="http://kittbo.blogspot.com/2007/10/soapy.html">http://kittbo.blogspot.com/2007/10/soapy.html">here</a>">http://kittbo.blogspot.com/2007/10/soapy.html">http://kittbo.blogspot.com/2007/10/soapy.html">here</a>: http://kittbo.blogspot.com/2007/10/soapy.html">http://kittbo.blogspot.com/2007/10/soapy.html

Kitt |

March 14. 2008 00:10

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D'oh! Sorry for the links mess. I can never remember which blogs can handle HTML.

Soap Crone:
http://www.soapcrone.com/">http://www.soapcrone.com/

Review:
http://kittbo.blogspot.com/2007/10/soapy.html">http://kittbo.blogspot.com/2007/10/soapy.html

Kitt |

March 14. 2008 01:32

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What isn't there a Ravelry group for?  HAHAAHAA!

Christie |

March 14. 2008 01:32

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What isn't there a Ravelry group for?  HAHAAHAA!

Christie |

March 17. 2008 09:45

Cindi

I found Colorado Organics about a year ago.  They are wonderful people to do business with and are incredibly generous with their soapmaking and lotionmaking knowledge.  

Cindi |

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