First of all, I want to thank everyone for the nice comments you've been leaving. I was very disappointed that Blogger doesn't give me the email addresses so I could reply to you all directly. But I love to hear from everyone, so either comment here or send me an email (my address is in the sidebar).
The koolaid socks are progressing nicely. I've got the whole 2 circular needle thing down pat now. The Knitting Korner DVD was a big help. Often times, seeing something done is all it takes to understand how it's done.
I used Priscilla Gibson-Roberts' short row heel (from Simple Socks). I was a little lazy about paying attention to which decrease I should be using, though, and have some little holes down the sides of the heel (kind of hard to see here, but they're there). I will do better on the second sock. Short row heel seems faster than the heel flap/gusset combo. Not sure if it will wear as well, but I wanted to at least try it. I should have got reinforcing thread but haven't gotten to a store that had any. I will probably regret that I didn't since this is 100% merino. Someone did mention I could weave it in after the heel is finished, so I still have options.
Pictures of some of my finished soaps. Lovely, no?
They are Pumpkin Spice, Edelweiss Almond and Lavender Vanilla.
I think the little sleeping cat impression is just so cute. I'm really getting the hang of this and am figuring out which recipes and methods I like best. I just love these marbled soaps. So far I've only had one failure (the color turned out wrong and the soap never got hard) and even that batch is still useable. But I've been really pleased with all the rest.
Have been seeing robins nearly every day now. Guess spring might actually get here soon. I've got some onion and tomato seeds started for the garden this year. Don't plan on planting much this year, just onions, tomatoes and peppers probably. I tend to overplant in my small garden, then things don't do well because they are too crowded. And then it gets hot and I don't feel like tending it like I should. So this year, I'm keeping it small and easy (I hope!)