I will say, after several experiments with dying yarn, I don't think it's going to be the craft for me. It's fun, but much like spinning, it's a lot of work for something that isn't as beautiful as I would like. Maybe I'm too picky, but I don't think so. I don't have a dedicated area. My kitchen has very limited counter space. It's really frustrating to dye outdoors in the wind with yarn and dye knocking around. So that experiment is pretty much over. I've got a TON of dye left that I will probably use (especially since I have a dedicated dying microwave now, argh) but I just don't think it's in the cards for me to become a master dyer. I'm too flakey for it. I need new and exciting. I really enjoyed the egg dye experiments on my stove, so I may stick to that for my future endeavors.
I've been contemplating experimenting with cold process soap making, you know, the kind that requires face masks and gloves because of the lye. The science involved sounds like fun, plus I found a really, REALLY simple recipe for some cp soap that uses all coconut oil (which I am a big fan of, and it very easy to procure in my neck of the woods). I've ordered a silicone mold, and some fragrance oils and some drain cleaner (it's pure lye and cheap!). And I'm excited to see what happens. Worst case scenario I still won't be out as much money as my dying experiment, and best case scenario, perhaps I will be inspired to create some crochet spa bath items.
But on the upside, having more free time has allowed me to spend summer vacation with my daughter (who has lost both of her front teeth! Oh my!) and be available for my grandma (who just isn't doing well in the heat) whenever she needs it. She uses a wheelchair full time now, and has difficulty transferring, so I really don't leave the house for more than an hour at a time anymore. Thank goodness for Netflix, Hulu Plus and Amazon Video Streaming. LOL!!! And I've lost about 35 pounds, which is really a positive step in the right direction!
I guess what I'm saying is, I love my blog, but for a while it may encompass more than just crochet. And I really think that's a good thing. I probably should have done that from the beginning, because I haven't even checked it for a couple of weeks because I felt so guilty that I didn't have new patterns and new ideas for you guys. No one has ever asked that of me, or required NEW NEW NEW as a condition of our friendship, but that's a pressure I've put on myself. I think it's time to admit that I'm human and not a machine, and it's time for me to treat MYSELF like a friend. And I'll post patterns when I'm inspired, and we'll all be happy.
In the mean time, are there any soapmaking experts who have advice for me?