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Lip Butters Now Available!

I have listed three lip butters on my Etsy shop!

First, we have the unflavored lip butter. The base is Shea butter, Avocado oil and Beeswax. The unflavored lip butter has no additional flavorings.

Unflavored Lip Butter Tube
Next is the Pumpkin Spice lip butter. The base is the same as the unflavored, but with added Pumpkin Spice flavoring. This flavor is warm and sweet. It reminds me of a pumpkin cheesecake.

Pumpkin Spice Lip Butter Tube

The Pumpkin Spice is so good, even a velociraptor keeps it on hand! (Thanks to Jellybean for sharing his dinosaur toy. 🙂 )

Pumpkin Spice Lip Butter Tube and Raptor

Finally, I have Mint lip butter. The mint flavor is bright and spicy, with hints of both spearmint and peppermint.

Mint Lip Butter Tube

As I said last week, it’s the beeswax that makes this product really special. The wax is harvested locally by my Father-in-law from his own hives. His bees are untreated and thriving and the wax is a lovely golden color and has a floral honey aroma all by itself. The wax is filtered but otherwise unaltered.

I must give credit, again, for the photos. The staging was my idea, but he took my idea and made it look great. He is definitely the photographer of us.

And speaking of my husband, I just have to tell you. (Warning: This is gonna get a little sappy.) He’s been so incredibly supportive and encouraging. He’s offered constructive suggestions on ways to improve the product or process. He’s great to bounce ideas off of, he’ll give me his honest opinion. He’s taken the kiddo out on Saturday mornings to give me time to get some of these batches together. He’s even helped me get shrink wrap on tubes. He’s helpful, and kind, and even though we’re all stressed with so many changes in our lives, he’s still the calm in the storm. He’s a great cook, an awesome father and the best husband. It’s true we have a little bump to get over, what with the new house, new baby and selling this house, but I’m excited for the next chapter in our lives.

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Monday’s Update (Late) on a Tuesday

This is getting to be a habit, isn’t it?

I’ve spent lots and lots of time adulting this week. Things just gotta get done, ya know? The craziness of preparing to move plus trying to find a new house plus getting this one ready to sell (we can’t find any handy people who want to bid our job!) plus keep up with all the normal stuff we need to do (for some crazy reason, my family still wants dinner. Every night!)

Take all that and add in a toddler who’s dropping naps (woe is me!) and it’s a struggle to get anything done.

I’ve instituted a daily quiet time for the toddler, which will allow me too get something done, and I’m using my MDO time to pack and sort through all our stuff. Which only leaves bedtime for knitting. The plus side is that we can put jellybean to bed early when he doesn’t nap and he usually doesn’t have an issue with that.

I’ve been focusing on my husband’s sweater for the last week or so. I’ve finished one sleeve and made good progress on the second. The pattern is easy and predictable, so after the first repeat, I didn’t need to look at the chart anymore.

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Beginning first sleeve

This sweater is constructed differently than my cardigan. My cardigan was knit all in one piece with no seams. This sweater is knit with the front, back and sleeves being separate pieces.

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First sleeve finished

Patterns always start with instructions for the back, then the front, then sleeves. I started with the sleeves, though. I do have a reason! The sleeves start out at the cuff, and are only 54 cast on stitches rather than 120-something. I used the first sleeve as a gauge swatch, so I sorta cheated. Turns out I hit the gauge right on the money so there was no need to rip out. Always a good thing.

When I started the second sleeve, though, I realized I forgot to change one of the needles after the cuff. (The ribbed cuffs are usually knit with a needle one or two sizes smaller than the body.) So I knitted the entire sleeve with an 8 on the wrong side and a 9 on the right side. Oops.

I’m not really sure if that will have a huge effect on the overall fabric, but just to be on the safe side, I forgot to do it again on the second sleeve.

I have a few stockings that are washed, blocked and ready for details and personalizing. Two are for the shop and the other two are claimed. One of these nights, I’ll take a break from the sweater and get them finished up.

I have plans to offer some luxurious lip butters and lotion bars in my shop this fall, too. My father-in-law keeps bees, so I have an awesome local source for untreated beeswax. I’m very excited about this!

Tomorrow we’ll be looking at more houses. Wish us luck that we find one we like! Have a great week!

P.S. I wrote this entire post on my phone, since I’ve been to busy to sit down at the computer. I hope the mistakes are few and forgivable. 🙂

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