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Overwashed: Rethinking the Daily Shower

June 26th, 2011 · 21 Comments

Americans are overwashed.  Really.  We take more frequent showers than any other people anywhere on earth, and across all of human time.  Recently, I decided to think twice about the impulse to jump out of bed and into the shower practically every day.  I mean–why?  It’s not like I’m actually dirty.  My hair might be [...]

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The Stockings Were Hung…On Winter Clotheslines

December 7th, 2009 · 12 Comments

About a month ago, I called my friend T who, like me, is something of a clothesline evangelist.  With the rains coming and school starting, I had fallen way behind on my laundry, and finally did about four loads in one day.  I popped them all in the dryer.  “Oh my god,” I told T, [...]

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Simple Winter Sewing Project: Hot Rice Bags

November 28th, 2009 · 61 Comments

Warm face, warm ‘ands, warm feet Aow, wouldn’t it be loverly? –Eliza Doolittle Cloth bags of heated grain are great for warming the bed or soothing sore muscles–much cozier than hot water bottles, and a nicer quality of heat.  I kept seeing them in boutique shops with shocking price tags, and whenever I asked what [...]

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Tags: craft, energy use, sewing, simple gifts

Hats Indoors, Nightcaps, and a Simple Gift Project–My Favorite Easy Knitted Hat

November 16th, 2009 · 9 Comments

My dad always said, “Leaper, if your toes are cold, put your hat on.”  And all of us have heard that we lose 50% of our body heat through our heads.  This last was recently debunked, sort of, by the scientific community.  Evidently the heat loss “myth” is based on murky science from the 1950s [...]

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Tags: craft, energy use, knitting, seasons

Simple (and Beautiful) Outdoor Clotheslines (part two of a short series)

May 22nd, 2009 · 1 Comment

Tom and I have differing clothesline philosophies:  I want a permanent line in the backyard, he doesn’t.  My ideal line would involve the classic t-shaped wooden beams at each end, strung up as trellises to grow beans.  Tom doesn’t like how they look, and thinks a permanent structure would take up too much space. Our [...]

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Clothesline Bans and Laundry Outlaws (part one of a short series)

May 18th, 2009 · 13 Comments

My mother-in-law told me that clotheslines are against the law in Salem, Oregon, where she lives.  I checked it out, and it’s true!  Clothesline bans persist in many US cities, and parts of Canada and Europe.  Thousands of homeowner associations prohibit line drying, including the 55+ community where my own dear parents live.  Hmm.  Clothes [...]

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A Subterranean Clothesline–Thinking Outside of the Dryer

March 27th, 2009 · 8 Comments

Last summer the three of us traveled in Kenya and Tanzania for two months.  Our first stop was a volunteer stint at Colobus Trust on the coast of Kenya, where we worked on Colobus monkey conservation, and lodged in the organization’s simple rooms.  Our packs were light, with few extra clothes, and it was the [...]

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Tags: clotheslines, energy use, laundry