Gone, gone, gone

For the first time in the history of this blog I have removed a post – well two actually.

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Organic cotton bath puff

Many moons ago I was interested in environmentally friendly alternatives to nylon bath puffs (scrubbies). I wrote a number of posts on the subject and explored a range of fibres to use. At the time, I was delighted to discover how well reclaimed acrylic yarn worked and I wrote a post about it. At the time, and with the information I had to hand, it seemed like a great way to use something that would otherwise simply be thrown out (yarn unravelled from old knitwear). Now, it turns out it was not such a good idea. Just like making fleece fabrics from recycled plastic bottles, which we all thought at the time was a great way to use waste, new information has made me think again. Using manmade fibres in bath puffs will add to microfibre contamination of water unless there is a fine filter on the bath/shower outlet, which seems unlikely. So, the two posts that mentioned using acrylic yarn for this purpose have been removed to prevent encouraging anyone else to try it.

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Soap and a flannel (the latter made by a friend)

It’s still easy enough to make bath puffs or cloths with natural fibres – cotton, hemp, nettle, or even wool, depending on the texture you desire. However, I like Kate‘s recent suggestion (see the comments in this post) about using loofahs if you want something with a rougher texture for washing yourself or your pots. If I spot some seeds, I may well have a go at growing my own – now that really would be a green solution. However, since starting to use bar soap, I’ve had no need for a bath puff. My favourite soap to use after swimming (ginger and lime) has little bits of ground ginger root in it and these provide all the exfoliation I need – naturally and biodegradably. I have also made myself (or been gifted) several cotton wash cloths/flannels and these are especially useful when travelling or when water is limited.

The moral of the story is that we do the best we can with the knowledge that we have at any given time, but that it’s important not to get stuck in a rut (or get defensive) and to make changes when new information comes to light. Have you had to revise your thinking on anything recently?

Odds and ends

Modelling the new scarf on a dog walk today

Modelling the new scarf on a dog walk today

A busy week has come to an end… I spent yesterday teaching a statistics class, so poor Mr Snail got neglected and had to stay home and do chores (I couldn’t persuade him to come along and learn how to analyse simple comparative experiments using the t-test – I’ve no idea why!). But I was able to make up for it a little by finally being able to present him with his local, organic wool scarf. I’m rather pleased with the result and it’s done just in time for the weather to warm up.

It was the end of another project this week as the raffle that I organised to raise funds for Denmark Farm Conservation Centre finally came to an end and the draw was made on Thursday. A list of winners can be found here on the first blog post that I wrote today (now you know why this one is later than usual). Many thanks to all of you who bought tickets… I just wish you could all have won. I have now retired from my work as a trustee of Denmark Farm, and this was my last big contribution to their work for the time being.

A bouquet of scrunchies

A bouquet of scrunchies

So, what with one thing and another, I’ve not had time for many big creative projects and, instead, I have been enjoying making scrunchies from oddments of sock wool and other yarn ends. The collection is growing and will make a good display on a stall I think. I love making these because I don’t have a pattern – I just do whatever I feel like and so each one is unique.

The coming week is set to be less frantic, although Max is going to be groomed on Thursday and that can be a bit of an event (he’s not keen and I have to accompany him to deal with the temper tantrums). So, hopefully I will get to work on the water dragon destined for Ms Pauline. I might even manage to do some work on the long-neglected sofa covers. Plus, now that spring is in the air there are more seeds to plant… one of my all-time favourite occupations… happy days!

Seeking comfort

What with one thing and another I’m having a bit of a difficult week, but rather than dwell on it I’m going to focus on positive activities…

The weekend before last, Mr Snail mentioned that he had lost his grey woolly scarf – he’s had it as long as I have known him, so it is quite a loss. He didn’t ask me to make him a new one, he just resorted to wearing a cotton one instead. Of course, the temptation was too much for me, so last week I went to Red Apple Yarn especially to seek out some wool to knit a replacement. There is so much to tempt in there, but what I really wanted was some genuinely local wool.

Lovely local yarn

Lovely local yarn

I chose some organic Wensleydale (that’s the breed, not the location) produced in Brechfa, which is less than 30 miles from home. I’ve been looking for an excuse to buy some of this lovely, soft yarn for ages. I’m delighted by the way the scarf is turning out and the wool is lovely to work with. The colours are natural and I’ve even found a couple of tiny bits of vegetation in it… further demonstrating its close to nature credentials!

At the other end of the spectrum – to be bright and cheerful – I have been amusing myself with making scrunchies to add to my stock for forthcoming craft fairs. I must thank Narf for this idea – they are fun to crochet, use up oddments of yarn and I can make them up as I go along.

Scrunchies

Scrunchies

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