My family is doing a handmade gift swap this year, and while you’d assume I’d be knitting something, the lure of trying a new thing was too strong (I may throw in a handknit hat, if I have time). This summer I tried out cold-process soapmaking, which I now love, and I quickly stockpiled a year’s worth of soap in a few weeks. I was left with lots of partial bottles of essential oils, which made jumping into candle making much cheaper than it normally would be. Also, because I didn’t do as much canning this year, I had a lot of empty jam jars that I could use as candle containers.
I used instructions found online and I had $35 in credit from a Amazon return, so I tried to stay within that amount when ordering these supplies. Remember, you’ll also need essential oils if you don’t have them. I have tons of wax and wicks leftover for several rounds of candle-making in the future.
(full disclosure: I use affiliate links to try to help pay for hosting this blog. I made around $1 this year).
After I made my first set of candles, I realized that these wick centering tools made things much easier, and I regretted buying only one, so I ordered more since I’ll usually be making several candles at a time.
I didn’t love cleaning up wax or smelling like patchouli all day, but the process was easy. The wicks can be a little tricky; those adhesive dots do not keep them in place, so I may try a dot of super glue next, but the centering devices really helped make it easier.
In the end, I have these, and I’m pretty happy!
A while back, I accidentally felted my 4-year-old daughter’s favorite sweater, her Little Hiker’s Cardigan. I know, I know, I should definitely know better. It had gotten balled up in a pile of muddy clothes, and being a distracted mom, I tossed them all in the […]
My new Bonnet pattern is now available on Ravelry. Stacia Bonnet uses less than 1/2 skein of Yarn Collective Pembroke Worsted in Bumblebee Jasper. You can take 50% off this or other patterns in my Ravelry store with the code SALE at checkout. All eligible patterns are listed here.
Sized from newborn – 4 years!
In 2011, I knit what would become a favorite sweater of mine. Agnes, in cozy Quince and Co Puffin is a classic top-down raglan pullover with a little something extra…contrast-lined pockets! At 3 sts an inch, it flies off the needles. The original Agnes pattern […]
I’ve been a neglectful blogger, and 4 new patterns have come out since we last spoke! I’ve been busy trying to balance my time between this work that I need to do, and enjoying some time with my 4 and 6 year old daughters, as they’ll both be in school very soon.
These patterns, and the others in my Ravelry store, are 40% off until August 3rd, no code required. Eligible patterns are here.
Bean Cardigan is a top-down, round-yoke cardigan, sized from 6-12m to a child’s size 12. It uses 2-4 skeins of Madelinetosh Tosh Vintage in “Conference Call”
Finally, also in Ramble, the Windham Hat uses just knits and purls for lots of texture in a fun geometric pattern.
I have a few more patterns coming out this month, plus some new tutorials in the works. Check back soon! Thanks for being here!