I know what you’re thinking — this is a blog about gardening and healthy living, so why is there a post about knitted soap sleeves? And what are knitted soap sleeves, anyway? Why does a soap need a sleeve? Well, bear with me, because my mind leads me on adventures that few are privy to, so all of this seems very logical to me.
So my girl goat Coco Chanel had baby girl twins yesterday. BABY GOATS! I can’t stop smiling because these little babies are so darn adorable, and you can’t be anything but happy around baby goats.
One of the reasons we wanted to have goats is that Brett wants to make goat cheese and yogurt, and I kind of want to try making goat’s milk soaps. We have to wait about a month before we can milk Coco Chanel for our own purposes, so I don’t have any recipes or anything to share with you yet. But I’m so excited about all this that I thought I’d share a quick little project that I did over the Christmas holidays, using goat’s milk soap that I’d purchased.
I’m a pretty heavy Pinterest user, and a few months ago I saw a project and pinned it on my Knit Crazy board — it was for knitted soap sleeves. At first I didn’t get it — what was the purpose of doing this? I did a little reading and figured it out: if you use wool yarn to knit a sleeve to cover your soap, the hot water and agitating motion of lathering up begins to felt the knitted sleeve. So what you have is a cute soap sleeve that exfoliates your skin as you lather up. Since we’re all gardeners, we probably have mistreated our skin out in the garden, exposing it to wind, sun and dirt. So this project is perfect for a garden blog. See? I knew you’d agree.
I’ve read a bunch of different instructions and then kind of made up my own:
Wool yarn (I just used whatever leftover wool yarn I have on hand)
4.5mm double point needles
1 bar of handmade soap
Cast on 20 stitches and spread over 4 dpn. Join the round being careful to not twist the stitches.
Knit in the round until the sleeve measures about 4 inches, just a bit longer than your bar of soap.
Bind off, and using tapestry needle, sew one end of the sleeve closed.
Insert the bar of soap. I like to keep one end of the knitted soap sleeve open so that when the soap is small enough to not be usable, you can pop it out and exchange it for a new bar of soap.
I love these quick little projects — you can use up your scrap yarn, it’s inexpensive and pretty useful. Plus, it’s cute. And just because I’m an earthy gardener doesn’t mean that I don’t like cute things! I can’t wait to start making goat’s milk soap —I’ll definitely share my experiences with you as I’m learning. Let me know if you decide to create one yourself — post a pic over on my Facebook page, J. Peterson Garden Design; I’d love to see what yours looks like!