Sunday, August 7, 2011

Extra Crunchy Beauty Care

This all started when I was surfing the 'net for curly hair products. I didn't do my annual shearing this spring and my hair is getting long and wild. I’ve been using products with silicon-based polymers to keep my hair looking good. This has begun a vicious cycle: the more I use, the more I need.

I ran across several references to DevaCurl products for curly hair and the no-poo method of haircare. I've ordered some DevaCurl products, but in the mean time I've done more research on no-poo.

I decided to experiment. I washed my hair thoroughly with Neutrogena Anti-Residue Shampoo to remove the 'cone residue. Then I washed my hair with a mix of 1 tablespoon of baking soda with 1 cup of water and followed up with a rinse of 1 tablespoon of apple cider vinegar with 1 cup of water. My hair and scalp felt cleaner than they have in years and my curls sprang up nicely once dry. This morning my hair looks a bit dry and frizzy, but from what I've read this is a normal reaction to going no-poo. There is a transition period of weeks to months depending on your hair. I'm going to stick with it and see how it goes.

I've located a DevaCurl stylist about a half hour from home. I've made an appointment for next month. I figure that gives my hair about six weeks to come out of shock and hopefully the stylist can do something with it.

While researching I came across a few other crunchy beauty care ideas.

First of all I made up a scrub of equal parts EVOO and sugar, about ¼ cup each, and used this as a body scrub. My skin is absolutely fabulous.

Next I did an evening facial cleansing with a mix of 1 part Castor oil and 4 parts EVOO. I rubbed about ½ teaspoon into my skin and then covered my face with a warm, wet microfiber washcloth until it cooled. I then used the washcloth to wipe the oil from my face. My skin was clean, soft and didn't need any moisturizer. That was the first time I went to bed without moisturizing my face in years. This is known as the oil cleansing method (OCM).

In the morning I took about ½ teaspoon of pure raw honey and rubbed it into my skin then rinsed my face with warm water and patted it dry. Again, my skin was clean, soft and didn't need any moisturizer.

Lastly, I made up a mix of 1 part baking soda and 6 parts corn starch. I used a powder puff to apply this to my underarms as a deodorant. To my complete and utter amazement I've used this all weekend with better results than any commerical deodorant. I'm so convinced that this is a superior product that I'm going to use it tomorrow when I go to work.

With this weekend of experimentation I'm feeling extra-crunchy!

Friday, December 21, 2007

H-234 Socks: Progress Report 2

I must admit I'm not quite as taken with the knitting two socks at once concept as I was before I began this project. I use socks as instant gratification projects and this method is, of course, only half as instantly gratifying as knitting one at a time. Five rounds on two socks just doesn't have the same emotional impact as ten rounds on one sock. I also feel like I'm spending more than twice as much time moving things around on the needles as with a single sock.

On the up side, I don't have to worry about gauge consistency or yarn allocation, which is quite nice.

I'm not yet ready to give up on the process, but I would have had one sock almost done at this point. Here is my progress so far.


Thursday, December 20, 2007

The Principles of Knitting

Methods and Techniques of Hand Knitting
by June Hemmons Hiatt


***** 5 stars out of 5

I have had this book for over twenty years. It was my first and only knitting book until very recently. It is the book from which I taught myself to knit. It is the book that I use to determine if other books are worth my hard-earned money. It is, in my opinion, the standard against which all knitting books should be measured.

Mrs. Hiatt is the Shirley Corriher of knitting: a knitting scientist. She explains the hows and whys of knit fabric construction. She comprehensively covers stitch formation and behavior, fabric construction, decorative techniques, project management, and pattern design.

The layout and illustrations are superior and add value to the reference. The index is outstanding.

It has nearly everything you could ever need to know about the methods and techniques of knitting. The author shows several methods of accomplishing every item she covers. Granted, she doesn’t cover everything, but who does?

It is set up in a rather odd order; sort of like the grocery store. However, I haven’t found this to be a problem since I use it like an encyclopedia. Mrs. Hiatt is rather opinionated in which methods and techniques she likes best. I’m okay with that, since she went to all of the trouble to assemble this masterpiece she’s entitled to her opinions. I always have the option to ignore them.

Overall, it is a comprehensive tome, which would be my choice if I could have only one knitting book.

This book is currently out of print, but rumor has it that it will be reprinted by Simon & Schuster in October of 2009. Put it on your list.

The Pet Post and Other Musings

I finally got a face shot of the elusive Cat No. 1. This is so rare I just had to share. Look at those beautiful eyes.


We are finally getting some proper fall weather here in the Deep South. Do you know how I know? Animal Indicators. When the weather was unseasonably warm last week, the animals looked like this:



When the weather cooled off today they looked like this:




Who needs a thermometer?

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Woe is I

I’m going to cry. Well, maybe I’m not going to cry, but I feel like I’m going to cry. I’m having one of those spells where it feels like the world is coming to an end, but it’s not…really.

Oldest Son told me last night that he was considering moving out to the west coast to live with Youngest Son. This should have made me happy, that my two boys would be together. But, noooooo, what did I do? I’ll tell you what I did: I had a meltdown. You know, one of those shrill voice meltdowns. One of those, I’m driving to the store right now for pipe tobacco even though I haven’t smoked for three months meltdowns. I felt as though I was being abandoned. Gawd knows why. Oldest Son lives 1100 miles away from me. It’s not like I’m going to see him any less. Besides, he calls me like clockwork.

Then I had an interview this afternoon for a job I really, REALLY want and I totally blew the interview. Actually, the secretary that scheduled the interview told me I was interviewing for the job I really want. I though I was interviewing for the job I really want. I prepared to interview for the job I really want. But, in reality, I interviewed for another job I had applied for. It was surreal. They were asking all kinds of questions that didn’t make sense and in an attempt to tie them into the job I thought I was applying for all of my answers must have sounded like non sequiturs. About half way into the interview I figured out what was going on, but it was too late to implement damage control. The looks on the faces of the interview panel were clear, “her credentials look great, but she needs a flower pot because she’s a blooming idiot.” All I can say is I’m glad it’s over.

And my cell phone died.

And I got a parking ticket.

Thank gawd for knitting. And vanilla rum.

Monday, December 17, 2007

General Progress

Yesterday I knit! I cancelled all chores and laundry, too. I was tired, so I knit slowly, but I knit!

I worked a little bit on the H234 socks.


I worked a little bit on the Sober Argyle vest.


I haven't touched the Arrrgyle Socks.

I also received patterns for my Twizé. I had attempted to get two free patterns from Webs with my yarn purchase, but they were non-cooperative. However, the very nice people at SWTC accommodated me and mailed the patterns. I now have a pattern for Twizé Tank Top:

pic twize-tank

And for Greta:

pic greta

I’m definitely making the Twizé tank, but I’m also toying with the idea of making the pinwheel sweater (pattern from

pic pinwheel sweater

My winter vacation begins on Thursday and I can’t wait. Monday through Wednesday will be busy at work. Thursday and Friday will be busy getting ready for the trip. I have a two day drive to Mom & Dad’s. Oh, how I wish I could knit and drive. I’m hoping to get some serious knitting done while visiting. Maybe even visit some of the local yarns stores.

Saturday, December 15, 2007

Hypotheses 2-3-4 Socks

With this pair I’m testing hypotheses 2, 3, and 4 to determine if they can be included in the Unified Sock Theory, hence the name. I will also be adding eye of partridge stitch to the heel flap, just to see how it turns out.

Hardware: 2 – U.S. 1 ½ (2mm) Knit Picks Options 24” Nickel Plated Fixed Circular Needles

Software: 1 – 50gm ball Knit Picks Essential in Lily Pad Multi

Code Snippets:

Judy Becker’s Magic Cast-on

Wendy Johnson’s Fingering Weight Toe-up Socks with Gusset Heel

Eye of Partridge stitch (instructions and chart by Persnickety Knitter)

Invisible Cast-off for Single Rib (excellent tutorial by crankygrrrrrl)

After I finished IGS2 on Wednesday, I started fooling around with a rounder toe for the socks. I came up with one that looks rather nice lying on the kitchen island, but leaves something to be desired on the foot. I decided to try the “elf toe” with sixteen stitches instead of twelve and see what happens.

Thursday evening I cast on two socks at once, from the same skein no less. Not a big deal, one just needs to remember to uncross the yarn every other turn.

Friday night I moonlighted again: no knitting. :( I’m also moonlighting this afternoon and evening. :(:(

I’m using another Knit Picks Essential sock yarn and again the colors are lovely. The texture is very soft. I’m looking forward to seeing the pattern develop.