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The Twisted Purl and Conway Locally Grown

Brightly Colored Felted Soap

The Twisted Purl is now on Conway Locally Grown

Very excited to announce, The Twisted Purl has been approved as a new Artisan on Conway Locally Grown.  That means our products and items will be available on the online market for local folks to purchase and pick up.  Look for our handspun yarn, spinning fibers, felted soaps, felted dryer balls, & other handmade fiber creations at the market.

What is Conway Locally Grown?

It’s just like your local Farmers Market with one exception, the shopping and browsing is done from the comfort of your own home.  It’s an online marketplace where local farmers and artisans can list their freshly grown and made items for our local community to purchase & pickup weekly.

Want to learn more about CLG?  Please CLICK HERE to go directly to the site.  You can try the Market out a couple times before paying the annual fee (which is very affordable, only $25 a year, and well worth it).

You being a part of Conway Locally Grown gives back to our community in so many ways!  Your purchase is directly supporting a local farmer or artisan, which is AWESOME!  Next CLG is using your annual fee to help run farm tours and community building programs.  In addition, $5 of each annual fee goes directly to St. Peter’s Food Pantry.  Another $5 of each annual fee goes back into an amazing Conway Locally Grown Community Fund which enables a micro lending program, which gives back to the community.  Want to learn more?  Go check out the CLG FAQ.

Find The Twisted Purl on Conway Locally Grown
Find The Twisted Purl's Handmade Yarn, Spinning Fibers, Felted Soaps, & Dryer Balls on Conway Locally Grown

 

Now, the only catch is the market is only open for shopping each Sunday from 6:00 pm through Tuesday at 8:00 pm.  Shop early to ensure you get the items you want.  Things can sell out quick.  Pick up day is Friday from 4-6 pm at Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church (925 Mitchell Street, Conway AR).

Click the below link to go to an online PDF to learn even more about how it works:

CONWAY LOCALLY GROWN HOW IT WORKS

We were just approved on Sunday April 22, 2012

Because we were just approved a couple days ago, we only have our Felted Soaps listed at the moment.  Next week look for a lot more items!  For now, please go check out our soaps.  The market closes tonight!

Brightly Colored Felted Soap
Brightly Colored Felted Soap is now available on Conway Locally Grown

Find our Felted Soaps on Conway Locally Grown HERE

To learn more about our Felted Soaps please click HERE

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Soap Soap Soap and more Soap to make Felted Soap (more soap)

Since we started offering soaps in bulk, they have really taken off!  Things have been pretty crazy around my household.  My hands have been super clean too, without a doubt.

Back of my Tahoe FULL of Soap

I had to share with you and I really can’t believe no one asked.  The other day, I went to Sam’s Club and purchased 328 bars of soap.  Walking all over Sam’s Club with that many bars of soap in your cart definitely gets you a few strange looks.  I was patiently waiting for someone (ANYONE) to ask me what the heck I was going to do with all those soaps.  But aisle after aisle, no one asked.

Figuring the checkout person surly would ask, I headed to the lines.  After scanning everything, she handed me my card and said have a nice day.  No questions!  Even the nice lady who looks over your receipt at the exit didn’t even bat an eyelash at my 328 bars of soap.  Shesh!

So, sadly, I went home with all my soap without telling a soul I was a germ a phobic.  My plan was to let them know I only use the bar of soap once and then throw it away.  Then laugh and tell them I was just kidding and I make felted soap.  Guess folks just assumed I was strange and were scared to ask.  😉

Guess there’s always next week!

So, if you really do have a phobia to germs, please feel free to buy lots of Felted Soap from The Twisted Purl…you can even use them once and throw them away.  LOL  awww I know, I’m horrible…but it’s all in good clean fun.  😉

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Handspun Yarn & Felted Soap Giveaway

Handspun Yarn & Felted Soap Giveaway

To celebrate 400 + fans on Facebook and to say thank you, we are giving away a skein of Handspun Yarn and a bar of Felted Soap to one lucky winner.

You can enter up to 4 times using different entry methods (Facebook, Twitter, Blog, or use the entry form).  Yeah, I had to go and make it all complicated right?  At least I included a super simple online entry form for those who don’t blog, tweet, or facebook. 😉  Read below for more detailed instructions on how to enter.

Again, THANK YOU!!!

So what do you get???

HANDSPUN YARN:

Handspun Skein of Yarn "Sea Salt"

Sea Salt is a 2 ply skein of handspun yarn, made by The Twisted Purl (of course).  It’s 50 yards of super soft merino wool.

Sea Salt

 FELTED SOAP:

Felted Soap

A bar of Felted Soap by The Twisted Purl.

How to enter?

There are FOUR ways to enter.  Please feel free to use all of the below ways to get FOUR entries.  Good luck!!!

  • LEAVE A COMMENT ON OUR FACEBOOK PAGE; to do so you must “Like” our page (if you don’t already) and leave a comment on our page.  CLICK HERE
  • TWEET ABOUT THE GIVEAWAY ON TWITTER:  Be sure to use @TheTwistedPurl so I can track your tweet.
  • BLOG ABOUT THE GIVEAWAY:  Share this link on your blog and let me know where you blogged about our giveaway by leaving a comment on this blog post with a link to your post.
  • USE OUR SIMPLE ONLINE ENTRY FORM: contest is now over

Rules, Restrictions, blah blah blah:  Entries must be received by midnight on August 20, 2011 to be eligible to win.  You may enter up to 4 times using each above mentioned entry method.  Only one “Simple Online Entry Form” entry per email address will be accepted.   We will use Random.org to pick a winner and count the entries in order from Facebook, Twitter, Blog, and Online Entry Form.  Each entry will get a number and the random number will be selected from Random.org  A screen shot of the random number generated AND the announcement of the winner will be posted at http://www.TheTwistedPurl.com   OKAY enough of all the boring stuff!

Good Luck!!!

THE WINNER IS LUCKYLIFEPATH22  Here’s the link to the Winner Announcement.

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The Ins and Outs of Felted Soap: It’s Good Clean Fun

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What is Felted Soap?  Why use Felted Soap?  How can I make Felted Soap?
One of our best-selling items has always been our Felted Soaps.  It’s fun and funky, unique and spectacular.  Simply put Felted Soap is “Good Clean Fun”.  It makes a fantastic gift.  It is so cool even Martha Stewart talked about it.  The Twisted Purl’s Felted Soaps are now in stores nationwide.  I’m often asked a lot of questions about the soap.  So here are my frequent answers:
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So, what the heck is Felted Soap???
Felted Soap is really soap.  It’s a bar of soap with wool wrapped around it.  Then the wool goes through a felting process.  Once felted the wool is smoothly matted and totally adhered to the surface of the soap.
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Okay, great!  But why would I want to use Felted Soap?
First and foremost…it’s pretty.  We all want something pretty in our lives right?  Felted Soap is also practical.  The wool gently exfoliates your skin.  So that eliminates the need for a loofah or washcloth.  The covering around the soap helps prolong the life of the bar of soap.  So, it lasts longer!  Felted Soap is also a lot easier to hold onto than a slippery bar of soap, so it’s also great for kids. (seriously, it’s the only way I can get my three boys to use soap)

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How do I make Felted Soap?
Mostly, lots of rubbing and patience.  Take the bar of soap and carefully wrap the wool in all directions until the entire bar is covered and no surface areas are showing through.  Next is off to the sink.  Gently soak the covered bar in steaming hot water (as hot as your hands can handle) and then start patting and very carefully rubbing the wool.  This is the most tedious part of the process.  I find if I am irritated, or my kids are having a wrestling match in the living room, felting soap is not an option.  If you rub too hard it will make the wool slip right off the bar of soap and then you have to start all over.  If you rub one area too much it can expose part of the bar of soap, which is no good.
Once the wool feels like it is more secure in its position, then you can start being more rough with the wool.  Put the bar into alternating hot and cold water to help the felting process.  Eventually, you have a completed bar of felted soap.  Over the years, I’ve perfected my wrapping and felting techniques and now am able to make bars of Felted Soap fairly quickly (even if there’s a wrestling match happening in the living room).  So, practice makes perfect!

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That sounds like a lot of work…can I just buy Felted Soap?
Why yes you can!  CLICK HERE to go to our website.
The Twisted Purl website has a page dedicated to Felted Soap, it’s http://www.feltedsoap.com/.

The Twisted Purl now offers Felted Soaps wholesale to stores nationwide.  If you have found our soaps in a store, let us know!  We’d love to hear what you think.  If you are a store interested in ordering, please go to  Our website for more information about wholesale and bulk felted soap orders.

If you have anymore questions, please feel free to leave a comment!
Remember Felted Soap is ‘Good Clean Fun’ and makes a great, unique gift.
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(PLEASE NOTE: we no longer use raffia as pictured in blog post link. Each bar is individually labeled with The Twisted Purl Sheep Logo & Felted Soap Bands made from recycled kraft paper with product information on back.)
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