Adventures in Yarn and Soap!

3 08 2009

Knitting

I’m getting the hang of this knitting business. I think I was meant to be a knitter because crochet never came to me this easily.  I finished my first project this week after several attempts and countless dropped stitches. You can see my beautiful (to me) washcloth here if you’d like. I’m very pleased with it, imperfections and all.

Needless to say, I’ve started a second one. Maybe now I can do something with that giant spool of cotton yarn I bought last summer…

Soap Making

Last week, I went on a scouting mission for items I will need to start up my soap making hobby. I’ve had a minor setback with finding lye locally. I will most likely have to order it off an internet supplier, but I have found directions for the old-timey way of making lye… I’m not that brave yet, though.

Sadly, starting up with my soap making hobby will be more expensive than I originally anticipated. I will need about $85 in equipment alone, and that’s going as cheap as humanly possible. I might be able to knock a couple of dollars of here and there, but essentially, that’s about right. The biggest expenses with equipment are a scale ($20), an electric stick mixer ($20), and a lab-worthy apron (about $16) for Larry’s peace of mind.

Then we get into ingredients needed… I had to remove a brick out from under my backside when I saw some of the prices for ingredients. Some of the oils needed aren’t too expensive, like canola oil or vegetable oil. However, oils like grape seed oil and sesame seed oil can run in the neighborhood of about $9 a bottle.

If I thought basic oils like that were bad, imagine my shock when I saw essential oil prices. Some of them were $24+ for just a few ounces. I about fell out of my chair when I saw that.

I won’t go into how much the goats milk soap I wanted to make was going to cost. It was really up there. Someone did, however, give me a different recipe for goats milk soap that was made with items found locally (well, besides the lye).  The estimated total for all the ingredients (excluding shipping for the lye) came to about $21.27. On the bright side, it’s supposed to make a LOT of soap.

Basic no-frills, unscented lye soap like your great-great-granny used to make? About $10.28 (before shipping) in ingrediants, making about 9 pounds of soap. Going as cheap as possible, starting up will be about $95 before shipping costs. Goat soap will be more like $106.31 before shipping and before milking supplies (which should only be about $5 max). I know this doesn’t really sound like a lot of money, but right now, it is for us. It’ll take some time to save up and pay bills first, then necessities, then emergencies, then potential hobbies. We’ll see, though.

Right now, I’m really wanting to start an Etsy shop for my soap. I could sell my soap coupled with a washcloth on there. I’d also like to get some soap and washcloths ready to sell before the annual Apple Festival. How cool would that be? I could sell my soaps and promote my shop for year-round shopping. 🙂

Alas… I must wait.

In the meantime, though, I can figure out how to sell stuff on Etsy, find out about how to get involved with the Apple Festival, clean my kitchen up, and knit/crochet a ton of washcloths. Maybe it would be in my best interest to start by figuring out WHEN this festival is before I get too far ahead of myself!

And a name for my “soap company” would be nice… Maybe I’ll be “The Little Lick Soap Company!”

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2 responses

3 08 2009
wildwoodflwr

Clean Bottom Soap!
Dirty Hands Soap
Tidy Jan’s Soap

lol. Soap store names are fun. Keep with it. Starting a business always cost a fair chunk of change in investing in equipment. But selling it makes the money back! And is fun!

3 08 2009
wildwoodflwr

Clean Bottom Soap!
Dirty Hands Soap
Tidy Jan’s Soap

lol. Soap store names are fun. Keep with it. Starting a business always cost a fair chunk of change in investing in equipment. But selling it makes the money back! And is fun!

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