Soy Wax…For The Win!

Soy Wax, 10# bag

Soy Wax, 10# bag

So, I took some down-time this weekend. I made soy candles and wax melts.

My primary source for project instruction and supplies is Candle Science.

I initially wanted to just do wax melts for my Scentsy burners, but I found that soy candles are just as easy to make.

Today I did a batch of three 8 oz jelly jar candles, green, with an Amber Noir scent and four clam-shell packs of purple colored “Day at the Spa” scent.

Color and scent.

Color and scent.

I used both Ecosoya PB and Golden Brands 464 soy wax. The 464 for the jelly jar candles and Ecosoya for the clamshell wax melts.

My first project was the green jelly jar candles. I was a little leery of wax on the stove top, so I had my fire extinguisher on the counter by the stove, you know, just in case, because we all know if it weren’t for bad luck…. *shrug*

Got it melted down, and heated it to 185 degrees (Fahrenheit) and added about three drops of liquid color. I stirred it in, then removed from heat and added an ounce of the Amber Noir scent, stirring about twenty times counter clock-wise, then clock-wise before letting it cool to 135 degrees. It was at this point that I poured it into three 8 ounce jelly jars.

Poured with no issues.

Poured with no issues.

I’d placed my three jars, wicks and wick bars into a 170 degree oven to warm, because that’s what the directions said to do. They said warm to 125, but the lowest setting on my oven is 170, so I threw them into the preheated 170 degree oven while the wax was cooling to 135 degrees Fahrenheit. I poured my wax into the wicked jars and had no pulling from the glass or any other anomalies that can sometimes occur with soy wax candles. (Beginner’s luck?)

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Empty clamshell molds.

I cleaned my melting pot and went again with a half pound of Ecosoya PB for 4 clam shell molds of wax melts. This time I used purple dye and “Day at the Spa” scent. Now that I had a bit of a grasp of what I was doing, I was comfortable bumping the stove temperature to medium from medium-low.

All poured and ready to set.

All poured and ready to set.

When the melted wax hit 185, I added three drops of liquid dye and .75 ounce of scent and stirred, then let set until the wax temp hit 145, at which time I poured it into the clam-shell molds.

Almost done...

Almost done…

I set everything on the dining room table to set/cool.

I am hoping to do some pillar candles, as well as more wax melts/tarts for Christmas gifts as additions to my favorite body-butter scents.

When I do the pillar candles, I will share that adventure, as well.

When I’m not working, y’all know I’m going to be home-making SOMETHING for my friends and loved ones for the Holidays.

What are your favorite crafts to give as gifts? Do any of y’all make soy candles? Share your secrets!

Until Next Time…

DIY December V – Slipper Socks

My own booties...

My own booties…

I was asked if the pattern for the slipper socks featured in last night’s post was online anywhere, and up until now? It hadn’t been, but since I was asked, I went ahead and typed up my notes from the pattern I worked up. Special thanks to Sue’s CrochetandKnitting.com , because I wouldn’t have made these had I not stumbled upon her Seed Stitch Slippers while looking for Grandma’s vintage slipper pattern the other night. I knocked the pictured pair out in under 5 or 6 hours, which included the learning curve for the first footie part, and the stitch and tear out of the first sock section. 😉

I actually wrote it down as I was going, but the “recipe” (aka pattern) that I am about to put below has additional ridge rows in the sock section. You can kind of see, five rows up from the start of the sock part (the half double crochets) that there is a ridge, and for my next trick, I’ll be following my pattern exactly. I did a sample of the ridges, which is a row of half double crochet in the back loop, a row in the front loop, and another row in the back loop, as shown below:

hdc back loop, front loop, back loop.

hdc back loop, front loop, back loop.

So, without further ado, here is the pattern for my slipper socks:

Julie’s Slipper Socks – This pattern fits my feet (size 8 ½ )

  •  One 8 oz. skein 4 ply worsted weight yarn.
  • Hook: G/6 – 4.25mm

Abbreviations:

  • sl st – slip stitch
  • ch – chain
  • sc – single crochet
  • dc – double crochet
  • hdc – half double crochet

For the bootie part: This was created by altering a pattern that is very similar to my grandmother’s bootie slippers that I found online. It comes from Sue’s CrochetandKnitting.com . I replaced the treble crochet with a double crochet during my test drive, because I didn’t want bumps for the footie part of my slipper sock. So thank you, Sue! I also killed off a couple of the last rows because I have ridiculously skinny ankles. (Now, I will take complete credit for the sock part…there was some serious trial and error going on there…)

This creates the portion of the bootie that covers your foot up to the opening your foot will go into.

Ch 4, ss to join to first chain to form a ring.

Row 1 – Ch 1, 10 sc in ring, ss to join to first sc, ch 1, turn. (10 sts)

Row 2 – *1 sc and dc in next st*, (both are in the same st) repeat to end of row, ss to join to first st, ch 1, turn. (20 sts)

Row 3 – *2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 4 sts*, repeat from * to * to end of row, ss to join, ch1, turn. (24 sts)

Row 4 – *1 sc in next st, 1 dc in next st*, repeat from * to * to end of row, ss to join, ch 1, turn. (24 sts)

Row 5 – 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next 11 sts, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 11 sts, ss to join, ch 1, turn. ( 26 sts)

Row 6 – *1 sc in next st, 1 dc in next st*, repeat from * to * to end of row, ss to join, ch 1, turn. (26 sts)

Row 7 – 1 sc in each st, ss to join to first sc, ch 1, turn. (26 sts)

Row 8 – Same as Row 6

Row 9 – 2 sc in first st, 1 sc in next 12 sts, 2 sc in next st, 1 sc in next 12 sts, ss to join, ch 1, turn. ( 28 sts)

Row 10 – *1 sc in next st, 1 dc in next st*, repeat from * to * to end of row, ss to join, ch 1, turn. (28 sts)

Row 11 – 1 sc in each st, ss to join to first sc, ch 1, turn. (28 sts)

Rows 12 to 17 – Repeat Rows 10 and 11 alternately.

The following rows create the foot opening:

Row 18 – *1 sc in next st, 1 dc in next st*, repeat from * to * over 26 sts, 1 sc in next 2 sts, DO NOT JOIN, ch 1, turn (28 sts)

Row 19 – 1 sc in each st to end of row, DO NOT JOIN, ch 1, turn (28 sts)

Rows 20 to 31 – Repeat Rows 18 and 19 alternately.

Fasten off and sew up back. You can add two rows at a time to ensure as snug or loose a fit around your ankle as you like.

For longer feet, you can repeat rows 10 & 11 until the bootie comes up closer to where your foot meets your ankle/leg. For shorter feet you can omit two rows between 10 and 17 (and continue in multiples of two) until the fit is where you want it. I’m posting an image of what I’m talking about below. This is the foot part of the actual seed stitch slipper that I am currently working on, so please disregard the treble crochet bumps:

Foot part plus a few rows of foot opening.

Foot part plus a few rows of foot opening.

For the sock part:

EDITED 12-31-14…to remove the chain 2, turn. No need to turn at the end of these rows, and not sure where my head was when I posted.

(And this part is ALL me, y’all…trial and error, and stitch and rip out and start again, LOL…) I counted 32 evenly spaced openings around the foot hole to work in (your mileage may vary) so that is how I came up with that number. The trick is that no matter how many evenly spaced openings you have, be sure that you are consistent all the way around while working rounds 1-18.

Also, there will be a 4 stitch decrease in row 20, and there is a terrific tutorial on invisible decreases at Planet June: http://www.planetjune.com/blog/amigurumi-help/invisible-decrease/

Row 1sl st to attach yarn just to the left of the back seam of your bootie. Work 32 hdc in each space around the foot opening of the bootie. (Subsitute 32 with whatever number you came up with as indicated above so that these aren’t too loose or too tight for you.) Sl st to join.

Rows 2-5ch 2, hdc in each stitch around. Sl st to join.  (33 st each round, as you don’t skip the first stitch after the ch 2.)

Row 6ch 2, hdc back loop only all the way around. Sl st to join.

Row 7ch 2, hdc front loop only all the way around. Sl st to join, ch 2.

Row 8ch 2, hdc back loop only all the way around. Sl st to join.

Rows 9-13ch 2, hdc in each stitch around. Sl st to join. (just like rows 2-5.)

Row 14ch 2, hdc back loop only all the way around. Sl st to join.

Row 15ch 2, hdc front loop only all the way around. Sl st to join.

Row 16ch 2, hdc back loop only all the way around. Sl st to join.

Row 17ch 2, hdc in each stitch around. Sl st to join. (just like rows 2-5.)

Row 18ch 2, hdc in each stitch around. Sl st to join.

Row 19 – ch 1, sc in each stitch around. Sl st to join.

Row 20ch 1, sc in first st. Decrease four times, then sc in remaining stitches around. Sl st to join.

Rows 21-23ch 1, sc in each stitch around. At the end of row 23, fasten off.

Weave in ends.

So there you have it. A special shout out to Cordelia’s Mom for asking about the pattern…

Until Next Time, y’all….

 

 

DIY December IV

Do It Yourself, yo!

Do It Yourself, yo!

This whole “being benched” concept has been really good for my creativity.

I have been a hooking fiend. Yes…I’m a hooker. *snicker*

This since I posted last, I completed three scarves, two pairs of baby booties (did I mention the Hubs’ daughter is expecting and she tagged me on Pinterest and I HAD to attempt my first baby booties EVER, because she loved them?), a pair of slipper socks for myself, and started another variegated afghan for our grand baby-to-be.

At any rate, the past seven days have been kind of a whirlwind.

Did the day job for two days (oh, poor me), went to the in-laws’ for supper on Tuesday night, went to our favorite pork place on Christmas Eve morning to get a country ham and some fresh sausage for the freezer (and my mom and sister), then off to get gift bags, tissue paper, dog food (because it gets REALLY ugly around here when we run out of dog food on the day that all the stores are closed), alcohol (what to get the guy who either has everything or you don’t know what to REALLY get him for Christmas, or you’re just not that comfortable buying weed…), and resealable freezer bags just because you know you’re going to need them to freeze some of the spoils you nailed at Nahunta.

Once all the wrapping and bagging was complete, I settled in to do some more crochet, at which point I finished some of the aforementioned projects.

Curled up on the couch, I looked forward to 8:00, when I knew “A Christmas Story” was coming on, and knocked out a few more projects. It was rainy and unusually warm for December 24…Like, close to 70 degrees during the day. Yeah, I hate to say it, but we had to run the air conditioner that day…

Christmas DinnerChristmas came and we went to mom’s house. We exchanged gifts, ate to our hearts’ content (because any day ham is involved is a good day), and visited. It’s always good to spend some time with the family.

I think it’d been over a year since we’d seen my soon-to-be brother-in-law (STBBIL?), and it was also great to be in the presence of The Christmas Tree. I didn’t think it would be possible, but I really missed having ours up this year.

We then raced home to meet my step-kid and her fiancé, exchanged gifts, and made plans to meet up the following afternoon, which we did, until he had to go to work and she stayed to hang out with the seniors until the wee hours of the morning. She also brought us another DIY project…Eeyore.

SweetPea has had Eeyore since she was a baby, and I’ve done my fair share of stitching, stuffing, mending, re-stitching and associated cosmetic surgery on this beloved Disney guy. Poor Eeyore. SweetPea’s puppy got ahold of him and the results aren’t pretty. Her dad and I promised we would do our best to repair our old friend, so she brought him to our place for “donkey rehab.” Before and afters coming soon.

So, below are some pictures of the projects I knocked out this week. I was tickled (not ticked, thanks auto-correct…) to find a grown-up slipper pattern very similar to the one my grandmother used to crochet all of us slippers every Christmas. I used some scrap yarn to do the prototype and then added a “sock” cuff (of my own doing, mind you) and am looking forward to creating some more, as well as “Grandma’s booties” for some of the family.

Until Next Time….Welcome, 2015!