Knitter’s Frolic in TWO days!

Knitter’s Frolic

We’re busily preparing for this year’s DKC Frolic!
We’re packing new bottles of Yuzu Soak and Handmaid luxury hand creme,
Yuzu Twosome
Soakboxes galore,
Soakbox #1
Basins,
Carrie
Stick n’ Soak tattos,
Temporary Tattoos
And of course bottles and bottles and bottles of Soak!
Soak bottles staggered
Come see us. Come shop. Come say hello. We look forward to seeing you there!

Knitter’s Frolic

15th Annual Knitter’s Frolic

Saturday & Sunday, April 27-28, 2013

Marketplace: Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Workshops: Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m., Sunday 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
The Japanese Canadian Cultural Centre
6 Garamond Court, Toronto, Ontario


Guest Maker: Megan Kreiner

We are excited to present a series of guest bloggers to the Soakworthy space. They will be posting on all sorts of topics, from Lingerie design and production, to knitting and sewing as art. We look forward to expanding our idea of what is Soakworthy. As usual, the opinions expressed are those of their author, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Soak Wash Inc, but we probably think that they are making an excellent point. Enjoy!


Hello! My name is Megan Kreiner and I am the author of “Crochet A Zoo”. If you’ve ever delved into wild and cute world of crochet or knitted toy making, then you’ve probably given at least one or two of your creations away as gifts.

In this post, I thought it would be fun to talk about using the toys in the “Crochet a Zoo” book in gift baskets! The sky is really the limit when it comes to putting a perfect gift together and I hope that these 3 gift baskets might inspire you to mix and match toys along with other wonderful extras to make the perfect gift for any occasion!

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Crocheter’s Basket

Inspire that new crocheter in your life with a basket full of basics and essentials to get them started! This basket features:

– A variety of yarn skeins ~ 110-125 yards is more than enough to make 1 crochet animal.
– Felt for patches, stripes and spots.
– A full set of crochet hooks ~ I love the Amour Crochet Hook Set from Clover!

– A bag of toy stuffing ~ I padded the bottom of the basket with the stuffing.

– The book “Crochet A Zoo” ~ there’s a great “basics” section in the beginning.
– A few bottles of Soak to keep critters made with delicate yarns nice and clean.
– A small notions bag with tapestry needles, stitch markers, row counter, a pack of 9mm-10mm plastic safety eyes, an automatic pencil, post-its, marking pins, sewing needles,and thread ~ this can be tucked inside the basket with the stuffing.
– A few finished animals from Crochet a Zoo for inspiration!

I recommend using a fabric or fabric lined basket for this gift basket to keep the yarn from snagging. You can also pack up these goodies in a large canvas bag instead of a basket so your new crocheter can travel with their projects.

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Baby Shower Basket
Impress that mother to be with a beautiful basket full of adorable baby essentials and some handmade toys! This basket features:

– A selection of animal themed clothing ~ Check out the “Safari Animals” collection from the Janie and Jack online shop or retail store featuring elephants, rhinoceros, giraffes and zebras!
– A set of new shoes wrapped with a bow ~ also from Janie and Jack.
– A selection of crochet toys to complement the clothing you’ve selected.
– A few bottles of SOAK for handwashing baby delicates!

For baby toys, I recommend using french knots instead of plastic safety eyes in my book. I also recommend being selective about the yarns you choose to make your toys with as some babies may be allergic to wool. Fortunately, there are many wonderful options now in organic cotton yarns. You can even order organic stuffings as well from online shops like NearSea Naturals.

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Zoo Keeper Basket

Let their imagination run wild with a basket full of zoo animals! Surprise your budding zoo keeper with a selection of your favorite animal themed books and an adorable “pith helmet” for them to take on all their animal related adventures! This basket features:

– As many crochet zoo animals (and zoo keepers) as you can fit!
– A child sized pith helmet (available on Amazon.com).
– A selection of your favorite animal themed books.

If you’re feeling particularly inspired, you can also add additional pieces to your zoo keepers ensemble like a vest and binoculars. Choosing a basket with a lid can also be a good choice in helping to keep an unruly pack of animals neat and tidy.

I hope that these 3 baskets will inspire you to try out new ideas when gifting your handmade toys! They can be as fun to put together as they are to receive!

* Looking for even more animal patterns, links to resources, or signed copies of the Crochet a Zoo book? Check out www.mkcrochet.com for more information!


Weekly Affirmation: Lace Kelly

Every Thursday we post a comment, tweet, email or secret message we’ve received from one of our Soakworthy customers (stores, fans, consumers, friends). Sometimes, on a rough day, it’s really helpful to read an inspiring message from someone in our community. Someone who appreciates what we do. Someone who is as passionate about Soak as we are. We appreciate all the love that comes our way. Really we do.


We found this great affirmation from Lisa on the Jimmy Beans Wool webiste this week. They have a great e-commerce site, where you can also leave text and video reviews of products they sell. What a great idea!

“This is the PERFECT gift for a knitter – great yarn, great pattern and lots of little goodies to make it interesting. I bought one for myself, even though I don’t even wear nail polish and am so pleased with it. Once again, Lorna’s Laces and SOAK have a winner!”

Thanks so much Lisa! We are so happy to working with Lorna’s Laces, and have lots of new plans up our sleeves for the coming months. Stay tuned!


The Workroom at City of Craft

CUTE!! @art_attic stitched up the Horned Owl doll.

One of our favourite local Toronto events are the City of Craft shows. I could not be happier that they have decided to start doing a Spring show on April 20, in addition to their usual Winter one!

Our local sewing shop, The Workroom, is going to have a booth. They are going to be selling Soakboxes and Soak in both 3oz and 14oz bottles. They have all 5 scents, so this is a great opportunity to check out the our new Yuzu in person.

The Workroom will also have a number of products by local artists, such as these super cute  Kiriki Press Embroidery Kits, Uppercase Magazine and sewing patterns by Victory Patterns.
Victory Patterns


Lingerie Spring Forecasting

We are excited to present a series of guest bloggers to the Soakworthy space. They will be posting on all sorts of topics, from Lingerie design and production, to knitting and sewing as art. We look forward to expanding our idea of what is soakworthy. As usual, the opinions expressed are those of their author, and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of Soak Wash Inc, but we probably think that they are making an excellent point. Enjoy!


It’s a great big world of lingerie out there! I think is is why lots of people are intimidated by the idea of getting into lingerie as well as one of the reasons that lingerie blogs are so popular. The lingerie industry is huge, frequently mystifying and we’re all looking for a guide to it.

 Today I’m going to cover the latest and great offerings from brands and designers for Spring 2013, but I hope this will also help serve as a basic guide to what the lingerie world has to offer. Today we’ll cover everything from international mega brands to independent Etsy sellers making limited edition collectible pieces.

 Florals:

Florals are always everywhere for spring, but I’m thrilled to see so many different takes on them this season. 

The Fantasie Deliah Set offers a subdued take on vintage florals with a supportive bra and high waisted panties if you’re looking for something sweet but still slightly out of your regular bra routine.  

The flip side of this is the new “Hyper Floral” capsule collection from Etsy seller Nearer the Moon. The set features printed satin against navy eyelash lace, along with lots of sexy burlesque cutouts and buttons. These pieces are a limited run, so be sure to snap them up while you can.

 Pastel Mesh:

Claudette has revitalized the mesh bra in the past few years, and their offerings this season are colorful and sexy. I love this Dessous bra in Cyber Yellow and this Camouflage mesh set. Both are affordable and supportive, but cater to two entirely different personalities.

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 Mesh can channel old Hollywood glamour too, as it does in this pastel ruffled robe by indie designer Dottie’s Delights. This is one of those completely glamourous pieces that is also accessible and look great on everyone, which is rare.

 Purple:

Purple is the hot color this season and will continue to be trendy moving into fall and winter. There are too many great examples of purple bras to list them all here and I suspect by the coming winter we’ll be inundated with them. That said, this Huit Icon Balconette and this Marlies Dekkers Space Odyssey bra are some of the best of the bunch.

 What lingerie trends do you see yourself embracing this spring? Do any of these pieces catch your eye?


Weekly Affirmation: Wedding Clothes

Every Thursday we post a comment, tweet, email or secret message we’ve received from one of our Soakworthy customers (stores, fans, consumers, friends). Sometimes, on a rough day, it’s really helpful to read an inspiring message from someone in our community. Someone who appreciates what we do. Someone who is as passionate about Soak as we are. We appreciate all the love that comes our way. Really we do.

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This week’s affirmation comes from Twitter again. Have fun at the wedding, Christina!

“Using to handwash a dress for a wedding. Smells gorgeous and you just leave it to soak for 15 minutes. Magic.”

 

 


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