So you're wondering about the coconut oil in my hair. I have totally fallen in love with coconut oil! I am a Pinterest junkie. If you haven't checked out Pinterest yet, RUN! It is a highly addictive website. There is lots of inspiration there and I have tried lots of things I have found there . . . some worked and some didn't. Anyway, Pinterest is where I found out about coconut oil. At room temperature here in the U.S., coconut oil is solid. The first several times I used it on my hair, I just used a spoon to scrape it out then I melted it by rubbing my hands together and then put it on my hair. I usually leave it on for about 30 minutes with a shower cap on. Just go about doing things and then wash it out. You may need to wash your hair twice to get all the oil out. It leaves your hair really soft and shiny. I usually do it a couple times a month, but if your hair is quite damaged you may need to do it a couple times a week until your hair is no longer damaged.
Coconut oil is also a great moisturizer. Again, I was on Pinterest. Someone suggested that if you put the coconut oil in the bowl of your Kitchenaid and use the whisk, it will whip it up to be nice and soft and then it is much easier to use. By golly they were right! I whipped up a batch and added some lavender essential oil. I keep it in an air tight container and use it after washing my face. Yes, that's right, I put oil on my face. I decided that I wanted to cut out as many chemicals from my life as I could. Out went the chemical laden face wash and moisturizers. I now wash my face (and body) with Dr. Bronner's Castille soap. I then use the coconut oil on my face (and hands if they are particularly dry). My face has never felt better. My skin is soft and I am not having issues with acne.
Lots of knitting going on as well. First up is my neverending cowl. It is the "That Nice Stitch Cowl" by Susan Ashcroft. It is a pretty mindless knit and I just need to buckle down and get it finished. I'm getting fairly close. I am using Dream in Color Perfectly Posh Sport in the January Dream club color. This picture does nothing for the color. It is perfectly yummy in real life!
I am also working on a couple of shawlettes. I started the Racing Raindrops scarf by Churchmouse Yarns. I have frogged my Brickless (I still want to knit it, but just in different yarn) and am using Ancient Arts sock yarn in the Mineral colorway.
The last shawl is the Hitchhiker. Even if I wasn't in love with this simple shawlette, I would probably knit it anyway just because of the name. A very awesome friend of mine that I met in college introduced me to Douglas Adams and the Hitchhiker's Guild to the Galaxy trilogy of four books. In fact, I just might have to drag them back out and read them again. Anyway, I cast this one on since it was simple and there were no beads for my cats to eat. It's rather hard to bead with cats around. I just picture confetti poo in the litter box. I'm using some Aisling Yarns fingering weight in the Being There colorway.
Now to go see if my water is back on. Cross your fingers!!