did you ever have something you want to blog about so badly, that you can't even wait until daylight (when your camera takes nicer pictures) to get it online? that happened to me today. i know that soap felting is already out there, in the crafting community, the etsy crowd etc., but i just found out about it, tried it, and fell in love.
for those of you not in the know, it's a bar of soap, wrapped in felted wool (some call it "soap in a sweater"). you wash your skin with it. a built-in washcloth, if you will. they are beautiful to look at, nice to hold, scrubby, yet soft when sudzed up, and oh-so-easy to make. i made 12 of them in the span of 2 hours---hours during which i was distracted by the needs and desires of one-not-yet-capable-of-fully-caring-for-himself. i found locally made/handmade soap, for cheap, in the 'seconds' bin at the co-op. making one's own soap would be even better (though you wouldn't be able to see the soap itself). did i say how much i love this yet? i really do. they are so quick, and so wonderful, i want to make one for everyone i know.
crafting projects that are more involved, difficult and time consuming can be great too. i' tell a story about one of those next time. in the meantime, if you want to know how to felt a bar of soap, here is a step-by-step guide. it's not the instructions i used, but it looks about right to me.