beeswax lip balm

Making your own lip balm is really easy.  Save your empty tubes and tins.  In a small container with a pour spout, microwave 1 part wax to 2 to 4 parts oil such as olive oil, jojoba oil, shea butter, coconut oil, or cocoa butter.  Less oil makes a firmer balm.  When melted together add 5 drops of peppermint essential oil and 1 drop of rosemary.  Pour into containers.  Allow to cool for several hours.
Before pouring in the new balm, if you're using tubes turn the dial so the stopper goes back to the bottom.  If it doesn't catch at first, press down on it while turning the dial.  


cowl in Blue Sky Alpacas brushed suri yarn

I knit this cowl several years ago with Blue Sky Alpacas brushed suri yarn.  It's the most amazing yarn ever.  I am surprised how it still looks new and despite how fuzzy the yarn is, it never pilled.  This was knit in garter stitch on size 4 needles to 4" wide and 20" long and the ends were grafted together.