ok I spent a bit of time googling soap making, and from what I can see it seems pretty darn complicated. I am a cook though so that must count for something. But I am Not a Chemist! Honestly I think knitting up a few wash clothes and making your own soap to go with it as gifts is a wonderful idea, but where o where to find the time? In the meantime I think I'll stick to the knit. (and try out some soaps from Wildy Lucky Soaps.
Unless I happen on one of those books (and there seems to be a lot of them!) I'm seeing out there on Making Soap~