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Kim Arnold

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Wow! There are a lot of great cloth napkins out there.

I go a different direction, I guess. I like to knit waaaaay more than I like to see, so I get cotton yarn and knit larger versions of washcloths/dish rags. I like the larger size. They absorb like crazy. And they go in the washer, no problem.

I use them in lunch boxes to reduce waste. They are large enough to be a place at if need be, and they are large enough to wrap around the glass canning jars I use instead of plastic containers.
4 months ago

r ranson wrote:oh I like that idea.

It's just that my marketing strategy for yarn and fibre is low impact.  Electronics aren't all that low impact in the long term.  

Also, some dyestuff we have to heat for 12 or more hours a day over several days.  Can a solar system do that?  




I get that.

I think the solar set up could last 12 hours. While the sun is out and the panel is collecting, the energy would go to the cooktop with the excess going to the battery. Once the sun set, the excess that has been stored in the battery will take over. I'm not sure, though, how much would get stored if you were using it while charging. That would take some experimentation.

Now you've got me curious. What needs to heat for 12 hours? I've only made a few natural dyes, and none of them took that long. I'm thinking you're working with something pretty cool!
7 months ago
Interesting question. I'm brainstorming, but have come up with this: Get a solar generator (the kind with a solar panel and a deep charge battery). Charge that, then plug an induction cooktop into that outside. No flame needed! You would need a dye pot that attracts magnets, though, so the induction cooktop would work.
7 months ago
We built them at school with foil instead of aluminum tape, and we used duct tape to hold things in place. I'm not sure how much less toxic it was, but no one tasted aluminum in their food.

The boxes were not well-insulated but did get warm enough to melt cheese. One family told me they put their box in the car on the front dash the next time they tried it. That definitely got the temp up and they had good luck cooking

I tried one from a styro box. I cut an opening in the top and covered it with glass. I also taped a piece of glass to the inside so the opening was double-paned. I don't remember what I used on the inside - it may have been lined with foil on the sides and a piece of black construction paper on the bottom. Or I may just have used the paper on the bottom and left the sides as they were.
7 months ago
Holy cow, you guys! These pictures are beautiful! Now I think I need to go pull out my spinning wheel and get busy again. Thanks for that. :-)
I think a brick floor would look great in addition to holding the temps you want it to have in the different seasons.

One think I want to mention, after years of working on very hard floors, is that it can be really hard on your feet after a while, expecially if you like to go barefoot. If you wear shoes or supportive sandals, you probably won't have any problem. Just something to think about.
7 months ago
Sorry - I think I got mixed up because you needed to raise the water from the river. My mistake.
8 months ago
I was told to use white latex paint, but no one made a big deal about the brand. That made me think the  brand didn't matter.
8 months ago
I don't know much about pumps - sorry. But as I read your post I was wondering if you could use a rain barrel to collect water from the roof, then let it drain through a hose onto your raised bed?
8 months ago
I just wanted to publicly declare an intent to use a hugel-like structure made of downed trees, trimmed branches from bushes and trees, and assorted yard waste, layered with dirt, to try to direct water so we get fewer standing puddles in the middle of the yard. I picture this structure planted with elderberry and maybe some vegetables in the spring. I figure the mound will act as a dike, and the absorbent nature of the hugelkultur would help manage the water. It is likely to be less wood than other types of material, but even so it should be a really big compost pile, right? Any advice or words of wisdom are welcome. It seems like a fun experiment either way.
8 months ago