Thursday, January 24, 2013

Knitting for Others with Smelly Socks

Altruistic knitting continues apace!  I have finished my Glasgow School Mitts - woo hoo! However, as these are a "swap" knit, I can't reward myself for knitting them as I will be getting something in return anyway :)

Next in the gift-knit line (and eligible for self-bribery!) is the Spirograph headband (pictured far below), which stalled when I ran out of yarn.  There was a further hiccup when the shop sent me the wrong shade of grey.  I decided to keep the mistaken ball to knit yet another gifty hat:  Edda by Lisa Mutch.  Very hipster-looking! The mistake ball is the same shade of grey (though not the same brand) as the pattern.  This is already well underway - there's not much to it, really.
Edda - photo by Juju Vail
And as if I needed another hat project, Anne Hanson (Knitspot) has just published a fab slouchy beanie pattern, Stromming.  Just right for The Boy!  And I have some lovely MCN DK in the stash which will be perfect for it.

Stromming - photo by Knitspot, LLC
So that's my next three altruistic knits sorted.  And I have already purchased my reward: three bars of handmade soap from Future Primitive.  In case you think I shouldn't have bought them until I finished the knitting, can I just point out that I am not allowed to unwrap and inhale until each item is complete?! 

I discovered this handmade soap company just before Christmas, and I popped a sample bar in with several hand-knitted presents.  Do you store smelly soap in your sock / lingerie drawers?  I do!  And I had run out because I needed to actually use the soap.  I only kept one Christmas sample for "me" and it is already in action by the kitchen sink:  "Candlemaker" is a quite medicinal-smelling blend of essential oils, which is perfect for garlicky / fishy fingers.

For my reward soaps I chose the following:

Lemonade Lounger: "Sweet, tangy lemons and lemon leaves soaked in a Vanilla bean broth with a hint of garden soil"  This one has May Chang essential oil in it - the "happy scent", which I love.

The Voodoo You Do:  "Oodles and Oodles of Tea Roses with a scattering of Chocolate-coated Honeycomb surrounded by whisps of smouldering amber resin and lovers incense."  Mmmmm.

7 Sins:  "Banana cake infused with Ginger, topped with Vanilla Frosting and drizzled with melted Dark Chocolate. Toasted Madagascan Vanilla bean with a dribble of Honey and finished with a scattering of Hot Buttered Popcorn." Just yummy!

The last two are Valentine's Day specials, so will only be available for a limited time.
No, I'm afraid you can't eat them... though they are vegan :)


sulkycat said...

OOOhhh Future Primitive are one of my faves - try Rook and Raven, it's lovely. Love the mitts!

Twelfthknit said...

oh dear, I can tell that some of this is going to be winging its way to me very soon.

Donna said...

They certainly sound (smell ;) ) delicious!

daisydonut said...

Those Glasgow School Mitts are to die for. Gorgeous colour and pattern - I'm afraid I would be unable to hand them over as a swap.

Am off to peruse Future Primitive's site now, as the soaps sound divine.

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Sew little time said...

beautiful mitts. your swapee is very lucky - hope you get something equally lovely back! those soaps sound gorgeous - must check them out!

LinB said...

I keep little bars of soap in any drawer or box or closet with woolen anything. I also throw one into my boxes of paper sewing patterns, to discourage silverfish and other paper-eating insects. (They'll come after the glue on the envelopes and on the cardboard boxes I store the patterns in, if I don't add some scented soap. Just as effective as mothballs, and far more pleasant for ME to smell than camphor.)

Mary in TN said...

Luv the mitts. Beautiful color. I am sure the recipient will be very happy. Love anything by Anne Hanson too. I think her lace patterns are awesome. Have not thought of using soap to keep out bugs but might give it try. Thanks for the tip.

Anonymous said...

Great hat line-up!

I too put bars of soap in the linen cupboard and clothing drawers, but hadn't thought of using them to discourage paper-eating bugs, as LinB suggests. A welcome tip!

-- stashdragon

Sabs said...

Have you tried making soap yourself? I've made it a few times now, it's really easy and very satisfying, especially choosing your own scents and colours. And surprisingly it really isn't that expensive to make quite a few bars. I use olive oil mainly. You can add herbs etc to make it smell and look prettier too. I think it might be time to make some more! Like the mitts btw.

Scruffybadger said...

Great reminder about being organised with gift making. I'm in a lull, a bit tired, but waiting for some fabric to arrive and haven't sewn anything since the weekend!! Unheard of!! If I had thought of it I could have made a small gift....therefore if fabric does not arrive today, then that's what I'll do! Love your hat plans though. I wonder if my boys would wear hand knits....they do live in manchester which is 'up north' and therefore cold. The soaps also sound such a good idea on so many counts....I look forward to grabbing some samples and storing them ( and constantly sniffing) in the ways suggested.

Cazz said...

Love the mittens. Gorgeous colour.
I was inspired by your post about making gifts ahead. I've done one fox scarf and working on number 2 :o)

acharmofmagpies said...

Oh those purple mitts are fabulous! Love them! The soaps sound lovely too. I don't use fancy soap but you've just inspired me to consider making scented pouches.