Happy Sudsday!

Yesterday’s Riverfest was a fantastic event, with lots of great people, food, and fun.  The weather could not have been better (though the dust got into Every. Single. Thing.)!

There was also a Steampunk Gallery with lots of great stuff, and it got me thinking about a steampunk bathtime theme.

Of course, the first thing you need is a bathtub!  What’s that?  You don’t have a bathtub? Well, then this Mosely Folding Bath Tub would be just the thing for you!

Why, that's a lovely wardrobe cabinet you have there.  Wait, what...

Why, that’s a lovely wardrobe cabinet you have there. Wait, what…

Sweet mystery of life!  Can I have one of these to set up in the backyard?!

Sweet mystery of life! Can I have one of these to set up in the backyard?!

Yes.  It’s a Murphy tub!

Okay, so fill that puppy with hot water and sink in up to your chin!  Turn the lights down low (gaslight offers such a lovely glow!) and have a good soak!

Of course, you’ll need someone to bring you cool drinks.

EXFOLIATE!  EXFOLIATE!

EXFOLIATE! EXFOLIATE!

Nope, definitely not!

R2, I need you to keep that water at a constant temperature, and keep the bath suds coming!

R2, I need you to keep that water at a constant temperature, and keep the bath suds coming!  Oh, and don’t forget my mojito…

That’s the ticket!  May you spend your day relaxed and comfortable, with your fingers all wrinked from a nice, long, hot soak!

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I went to stock up on more of that wonderful organic cotton that I made my first soap socks from and I discovered this.

Of course, I had to have it!

Of course, I had to have it!

Same US grown cotton, but this one comes in a blend of the raw cream color, and a chocolate brown, as well as a mid tone that seems almost the color of caramel or toffee.  It’s really gorgeous, and I can’t wait to see how it looks made up as soap socks!

And, actually, I don't have to wait.  The verdict? Pretty awesome.

And, actually, I don’t have to wait. The verdict? Pretty awesome.

Which brings me to the point of my call for help.  This lovely yarn has the distinctly non-melodious name of “brown melange” and that just won’t do.  I’m thinking of calling it “s’mores” because the mix of chocolate brown, cookie/toffee taupe, and marshmallow white makes me think of those ooey, gooey delicious treats!

What do you think, folks?  Got any suggestions for me?

Sock it to me!

What’s better than a luxurious bar of handmade soap?  A luxurious bar of handmade soap in a nubbly organic cotton sock that makes it easy to hang on to a slippery bar in the shower and provides soft exfoliation!

Like this!

Like this!

I’ve been experimenting with little sachets sized for my soap bars that would take even the mildest, softest soap and give it an added texture for superior scrubability!

"Scrubability"?  What, you're just making up words now?

“Scrubability”!?!  What, you’re just making up words now?

I’ve made my prototypes out of a raw organic cotton to avoid fabric allergies and because cotton is one of the few fibers with the magical property of getting stronger when it is wet while still remaining soft and pliable.  Add a bar of soap and the cotton will allow the silky lather through while adding just a little bit of roughness for getting skin clean and smooth.

See those little purl stitch bumps?  THAT'S scrubability.

See those little purl stitch bumps? THAT’S scrubability.

Once the soap inside is used up, you can just pop the sock in the washer and get it ready for the next full size bar, or you can keep it hanging around to drop in all the slivers and ends of soap bars that are too small to be easily held in the hand, bits that would otherwise clog the bottom of the soap dish and get thrown away next cleaning day.

There you go: an ideal blend of luxury and thrift!

Now that I have my prototype figured out, I’m going into production.  These should be in the shop by the end of the week!