101 things to do with Soak | 014 Carrie separates your laundry

Author: Ngoc

We had a very busy day at the frolic last weekend. Carrie and Phil’s popularity soared as they flew off our tables and into the welcoming arms of their new families. Carrie and Phil have many uses and this week, I’m going to talk about my main use for Carrie.


How many of you have one hamper and end up mixing your delicates and hand washables in with the rest of your dirty laundry? How often have you accidentally thrown one of these hand wash only items into the machine? I have enough slightly pink tinted white shirts, bras with bent underwires, and stretched out lace panties that I’ve learned to carefully sort my dirty laundry instead of throwing it all in the washing machine together. Carrie makes the job of sorting slightly less painful.

I keep Carrie in my closet where she discreetly holds my not-so-fresh undergarments and delicates. My silks, cashmeres, panties, bras, lace, and sequins all go in her instead of with my everyday laundry. Trust me, your pretty bras and expensive garments will thank you for this little extra bit of care.

At the end of the week, I just grab her handles, and easily take all my delicates to the sink to hand wash all at once. Nice and painless.


It’s Friday and I’m bagged. Week 15: The yoga bag

Author: Ngoc 

Grab a coffee or tea and join us each Friday, to learn how these Soak worthy bags came to be. Are you bagged? Send us your favorite bag. If we feature it here, we’ll send you a Soak gift pack, in a pretty bag, of course!


Mother’s day is just around the corner and Dafina brought in this sweet plant that her son lovingly grew for her to show his appreciation. For those of you who don’t have a green thumb consider giving your mom a gift certificate to take some yoga lessons. 

 

Yoga is meant to be therapeutic and unite the mind, body and spirit. There are many physiological, psychological and biochemical benefits of practicing yoga. Visit the ABCs of yoga to learn more about how yoga can enhance your life. 

 

CNIB is running a national yoga campaign, the Great Canadian Yoga Stretch, for the month of May in support of blind and partially sighted Canadians. Soak is great for washing yoga gear so we’ve been asked to contribute mini-soaks to be given out in the goodie bags to all of their participants. 

As I was exploring their site and reading about yoga, it was interesting to learn about all the products offered to enable those who are visually impaired to safely learn how to practice yoga. With a VIYM and a cd with step by step instructions geared towards those with little no sight, even someone who has never tried yoga can easily learn. 


Week 9 – Binding off

Author: Ngoc
Every day at the Soak office, some time between 11:30 and 1:00, we all gather our lunches and sit around our big white table together. Our lunch breaks are usually full of talk about our lives outside of Soak whether it be a new restaurant we frequented, a new love interest, or a funny story about our families or the kids in our lives.


This particular lunch was all about knitting as we ate and watched Jacqueline finish the last few rows of her shawl that she has ambitiously taken on as her first big hand knitting project.

Wrap Week 8

8 weeks after she has started, she was able to bind off the last stitch and put down her needles. Of course we all wanted her to put it on and showoff all her hard work.

Wrap week 8

Doesn’t it look just absolutely fantastic and extremely warm? Now all she needs to do is sew in the ends, give it a good soak to remove the lingering vinegar smell, and block.

The Goal: to complete the Oscillation wrap before TNNA. I’d say Jacqueline is going to reach her goal way ahead of schedule.
Next project? Perhaps a delicate lace scarf?


101 things to do with Soak | 013 Washing winter knits

Author: Ngoc

It’s that time of year when you collect all your scarves, toques, neck warmers, balaclavas, and other winter knits and pack them away until next winter.


I am an embarrassingly slow knitter and can usually only finish one project before the snow melts. This year I used Louet’s Riverstone wool to knit myself a pretty burgundy slouch. Unfortunately for me I only got to wear it about 5 times before the weather warmed up.

  

Now as much as present Ngoc wants to just throw all these knits into a box and go outside to enjoy the sunshine, she knows that future Ngoc will be very sad when she goes to open that box next winter only to find them full of moth holes. Do your future self a favour and take the necessary steps to prevent moths from having a feast in your knits. 

The best way to prevent moths from ruining your garments is to keep them clean. Moths are especially attracted to dirty fibers that smell sweaty. Giving your winter knits a good washing in Soak before storing will help to ensure that you get another season’s wear out of them. 

Once clean, store your winter knits in a tightly sealed container. Now give yourself a pat on the back from your future self and go outside and enjoy the weather.


It’s Friday and I’m bagged. Week 14: The Brag Company

It’s been a busy month filled with travels, lingerie, and trade shows here at the Soak office and it’s only going to be busier in May. Just this past week we made a trip to visit Jen from Secrets from your Sister and we’ve acquired some new beautiful bras that we will be taking with us on our travels. If you’ve ever stuffed a bra into your suitcase, then you’ll know that sometimes they don’t quite survive the trip. You end up with squished cups and creases. Next time try a bra bag from the Brag Company.


Jane from the Brag Company has given us some great bra bags and panty paks that protect and organize your bras and panties while on the go. The bra bag has a hard outer shell and can hold up to 6 bras. 

 

They also make convenient panty paks that have two separate compartments, one for clean panties, and the other for not so fresh panties. 

 

These cute bags are particularly handy at the end of your trip when organizing your suitcase is not at the top of your priority list. The bra bag will discourage you from just stuffing your bras into your suitcase which can squish the cups and cause creases.


Week 7 | Finished or frogged?

Author: Jacqueline

I was hoping to feature a finished wrap before this post. Alas, I think my next session of knitting time will be spent frogging.


I knew the wrap was coming out too long as I was knitting, but as a novice knitter I didn’t want to take it upon myself to redesign mid-pattern. I finished the wrap, late last week, leaving only the collar when I realized, with no uncertainty, that it was just too long. I contacted the designer to just check in on my situation, in case it was supposed to be long and then somehow magically becomes shorter when the collar was added, but sadly, my wrap is just too long. FYI, I am Captain of team ‘follow the pattern and keep knitting’.

Week 7 Wrap

Chris, our resident knitter (and Captain of team ‘frog it’), pointed out the simple fact that if it doesn’t fit right, I wouldn’t wear it. She also said that there was no way the collar, no matter how tight, would bring in the wrap as short as I need it. ‘Sorry Jacqueline, wishful thinking’ was how she put it. Actually, she’s a colourful talker but we can’t use those words here.

After measuring, stretching, thinking, pinning, measuring again and having some coffee before work Tuesday morning, I decided that giving the collar a fair shot to do its thing was the right thing to do (Go team, ‘keep knitting’). I figured that three rows in and 45 minutes later I would know if it was in fact lifting up the collar enough to continue on. Last night, sitting in the car off Dundas street, before a 7pm meeting, I added the collar and knit three rows. Sadly, while the collar did life the wrap and bring in the top side, it was not enough to avoid the dreaded frogging festivities that will occur at lunch today (2 points to team ‘frog it’).

Week 7 Wrap

Let the record show that I did complete the wrap and begin the collar, just in case I don’t finish it a second time before TNNA. While I’m okay and on board with the idea of making the wrap fit so it gets the wearing and love it deserves, I have no idea where I am going to find the four hours of knitting time to redo what I’m about to rip out. Wish me luck.


101 things to do with Soak | 012 Wash swimwear

Author: Ngoc

Some girls love shoes, others love purses, I love swimsuits. They are colorful and bright and when they start popping up in stores, it means that my favourite season is just around the corner.


As many of you lucky ones are getting ready for your vacations, remember to wash your swimsuit after every beach or pool trip. Take care of your suit and it can last you through several summers. Washing is especially important after swimming in a pool as the chlorine can damage the fibers and weaken the elasticity of the fabric. If going on vacation, remember to take a few single use mini-soak packets so you can easily hand wash in your hotel sink.

I absolutely cannot wait for summertime. The sun is shining, birds are chirping, you can hear the chimes of the ice cream truck, picnics are had, pools are open, and beaches are filled with happy smiling people. In an attempt to persuade mother nature into giving us Ontarians some nice warm weather, I’ve decided to put away all my winter clothing and pull out my bright colorful spring/summer wardrobe including all of my swimsuits.

I know I have more swimsuits than any sensible marketing coordinator living in Toronto should have.

I like to give my swimsuits a quick wash at the start of the season as they’ve been sitting in a box for a good 8 months. Luckily for me, my Carrie and bottle of Soak made this process very easy.

I put all my suits into Carrie, let them soak for 15 mins and rolled them in towels to absorb most of the water. You can lay them flat or leave on a drying rack to dry. Do not throw them in the dryer as the heat can damage your suit and ruin the elastic in the material.

Nice and clean. Now all I need is the sun.

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Week 6 | Knitting

Author: Jacqueline

Sincerely sorry for not posting an update last week. I was, on Thursday, coming back from Las Vegas, on the red eye, via Chicago. Fear not, I was thinking of you, and knitting.


Week 6.
My lesson from knitting at O’Hare airport from 5-8am after staying up all night? Well, keep it simple, or just don’t do it at all. I highly recommend against attempting ‘a plaited cable pattern that resembles an oscillating line’ while drinking a latte and pretending you are not tired. Even if it means you can’t continue until you are home, don’t do it. When I realized I had twisted the wrong way, I was well into the next cable, an hour and a half (plus two days and some sleep) later on a Saturday afternoon.

Since I have the universe on my side, the incorrect twist isn’t very noticeable. Plus, it’s exactly in the centre of the wrap, almost like on purpose. I’m a quilter at heart, as you may know, so I believe in the Amish quilting myth of ‘one deliberate flaw’. I believe that a single flaw should accompany every hand-crafted item. It shows that not only was the item made by hand, but also with love. Most of the time, the flaw comes after a sleepless night, or pattern reading error (not on purpose). In my opinion that only reinforces the fact that when we are passionate about something, we sometimes work into the wee hours, past the point of exhaustion, out of love.

I have fallen in love with my green wrap, and will wear it with pride at TNNA in June. I’m certain it will be too warm for wool, but that won’t stop me.


101 things to do with Soak | 011 Removing Paint from brushes

Author: Ngoc

Paint + rollers + brushes = An easy way to refresh and update a room. Nothing changes a room as fast as a new coat of paint. Now add Soak to the equation for a quick painless cleanup.


If you are anything like me, then you’re guilty of abandoning your paint covered brushes as soon as the first coat is done, to sit, relax and reward yourself with a drink. This results in many curses the next day when you go to paint your second coat, only to find the rollers and brushes completed caked in dry paint due to your laziness the day before. 10 minutes will then be spent trying to remove the dried paint before giving up and making a trip to the hardware store to pick up another set. To avoid this frustration and extra cost, I’ve vowed to take a page from Jacqueline’s book and become a diligent brush washer.

Jacqueline is in the midst of renovating her apartment one room at a time. She is no stranger to primer, paint, rollers and brushes. She’s taken photos to show us all how painless and easy it is to wash your brushes with Soak as soon as you are done using them.

Pour a little soak on the brush and swish it around your hand to remove most of the paint.Cleaning Brush

Don’t forget to wash between the bristles.Cleaning bristles

As good as new and ready to tackle on another day of painting.Clean brush

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It’s Friday and I’m bagged. Week 12: Manolo Blahnik

Author: Chris

Grab a coffee or tea and join us each Friday, to learn how these Soak worthy bags came to be. Are you bagged? Send us your favorite bag. If we feature it here, we’ll send you a Soak gift pack, in a pretty bag, of course!


 In Sin City, a fool and her money are easily parted.

 

ManoloBag
 
 
When you can’t decide, buy both. They are pretty, though. Aren’t they?
 
 
Manolo