Last night I met with some knitters to work on Knitted Knockers for women with breast cancer. My job was to stuff the finished ones. They were all so beautiful. We have fifty completed and ready to donate. I think the women who receive them will feel very appreciative. The bamboo and cotton yarns are so soft and light.
One of the women there told me that she had run out of my creme soap, which she had been using on her hands. She showed me how they were getting dry again, now that she was washing them with a commercial brand in a pump. I told her that I would check my soap stash, and update it on Etsy. I have four ready to sell, and another batch that is curing on the racks. They will be finished in four more weeks.
I love this recipe because the end result feels special. The yogurt is mixed with distilled water, and then frozen in ice cube trays. It's a lot like a milk soap. When Ann L Watson had people test her soaps, this one got rave reviews. People described it as the perfect soap. I can see why. It has such a lovely look, and it also has a really nice texture. I often give to my friends as gifts. I used rose Brazilian clay to color this batch.
It was nice to sit and knit with the ladies last night and enjoy good food, conversation, and lovely yarn. We met at Creative Ewe in Canyon Country. For some reason, I was having trouble following the Knitted Knocker pattern while in a group. I decided to focus on stuffing, and attempt the double points when I'm by myself and can concentrate. Earlier in the morning, I had spent a lot of time crocheting the shawl, and I think my patience was gone. I've had to rip out several rows to get the count correct, but it's worth it. I'm really learning to see the stitches and to identify them. I have a lot of dark yarn in this project, which can be a strain to see. It's rewarding to watch it grow, though.
I stewed up a few leftover plums that were too ripe to eat. I added a bit of water, some sugar, and simmered them until they were soft. They are absolutely delicious! I bought the plums on sale for fifty cents a pound. I think I will keep an eye out for the late season plums and peaches, and stew them. It really brings out the flavor of the fruit, and it makes a nice dessert.