It has been a bit since I posted. As the title says "Life goes on." I have been doing various things each day but very little sewing. (I did take up some pants for Mom.) I have also done just a little weaving.
One day this week, I started a batch of sauerkraut. I put a little over four pounds of cabbage and most of a pound of carrots in it for a total of five pounds of vegetables. (The 'pound' of carrots after peeling and cutting off ends was about 13 oz. ) Those are fermenting in my food grade plastic bucket. It will make a nice batch of sauerkraut in three to four weeks.
Yesterday (Wednesday) I made a batch of soap. It has to sit in the molds for a bit to get to a stage where it can be removed -and cut if needed. I made four and a half pounds of soap. Soap is made with fats (which are acid) and lye (which is alkaline.) The process is one of neutralization. Thus the end product should be mildly acidic for a good moisturizing soap product. (we call that mildly acidic state "super-fatted.") For this batch, I used lard, coconut oil and grapeseed oil as my fats. I think this is a really good recipe and I will likely repeat it in the future. For fragrance, I used Almond, sandalwood and raspberry. That made the work area smell wonderful.
I used a silicone loaf pan, a silicone cupcake pan and one round soap mold to mold the soaps. This morning I sliced the loaf into bars. Here is how it looks.
Now it has to cure for about a month to harden and finish the neutralization process.
I mentioned some weaving: For example, I had this warp on my Saori floor loom.
Finally, last night, I sat and finished weaving this piece. It is set to be wet finished today. It will have to hang to dry and then after that I can hopefully get a good picture of it to show.
But, I also want to get to my machine and sew some quilt pieces.
I never expected retirement to be such a busy time.
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