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Thats a pretty snazzy patch!
I bet the armpit of a sweater is difficult to darn. I think a flat surface would be easiest then an exterior 90 like the heel of a sock but an armpit is an interior 90. Maybe they are all the same but it seems that an armpit or crotch would be the most difficult mends.
 
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Agreed! It would have also been easier if I didn't match the colors so I could see what I was doing. I might have to try with a sock. I just don't have a proper darning needle, but hey, I can't be picky during the pandemic
 
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I need a darning needle as well. Mine was too short so I had to do the stitch half way then pull through and start again
 
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Planted 20 g of mixes perennial butterfly humming bird and bee beneficial wild flower seeds today.
My 4 year old stopped the recording of sowing haha so no badge bit today but I did get some good seed in the ground!
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I'm going to try to make two loaves of bread today!  Usually we use the bread machine to mix and rise the dough and then we put it in bread pans in the sun oven.  So we'll see how it goes without the bread machine bit...
 
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Mike thats awesome! I have made bread quite a few times but I've never used a a bread machine. It seems more intimidating than  just making it by hand...honestly I don't even know what it does. I thought it was an oven box haha
My wife was given a bread maker recently so I may have to see what all the fuss is about.

I looked up the sun oven...they look nice but for the price I guess I should just build one save money and get a BB.

Good luck with your loaves!
 
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BBs and Books!
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10 min chicken cone
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New books!
New books!
 
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Nice funnel!  

My bread turned out decent.  Cooked through but the crust is pretty light.  First slice passed the test, just need to wait a week until I tear into the second loaf before I can submit for the BB.
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I made bread!
I made bread!
 
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Back on the BB train! No Perry today, maybe tomorrow :)

 
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Does skillet fried rice work for the bb or just steamed?
 
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It has to go from hard/dry grain to cooked grain on the stove.  I'm not sure how fried rice is made otherwise I'd give you an easy yes or no...
 
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Mike Haasl wrote:It has to go from hard/dry grain to cooked grain on the stove.  I'm not sure how fried rice is made otherwise I'd give you an easy yes or no...



Thanks Mike that was answer enough.

Fried rice goes in the pan dry its fried in a fat or oil  till golden then you add seasoning and stock and let it simmer covered for about 10-15 min until all the stock is absorbed and the rice is fluffy.
 
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also I tried for the plant 200 seeds for hummingbirds for the second time in 3 days.  Come on bbs!
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Planting beneficial BBs
 
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My crawley things habitat is working! Take that slugs!
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Slug control
Slug control
 
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Nice snake friend!
 
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Dinner and a bb
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Spicy fried rice
Spicy fried rice
 
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My son and I dug a pond, and then sealed it!

It's not at the base of a hugel, so no BB, but it was still an awesome muddy blast!

Truly as Sepp says, "if you do not have pigs, then you must do the pigs' work."
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We measured it and everything
We measured it and everything
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Doing the pigs work
Doing the pigs work
 
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I unsealed a pond a couple days ago! No pics but we took a EPDM liner out of a pond.  Now we have a caked mud hole.  Time to get a pig...
 
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Aww man! I was all ready to darn some socks, and then the needle broke halfway through.
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It took twice as long to arrive, I figured it'd be twice as good!
It took twice as long to arrive, I figured it'd be twice as good!
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Darn
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Oddball points for fixing the needle haha
 
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Let's try:
A Weekly PEP Sprint!
Just two BB's, between now and next Tuesday.
Will you sprint with me?


This will still be the rah-rah thread. (Rah! Rah!)

This week's BB's:
Textiles - Quick Darning: https://permies.com/wiki/105490/pep-textiles/PEP-BB-textile-sand-darn (Darn darn darn!)
Earthworks - Sealed Pond: https://permies.com/wiki/101937/pep-earthworks/sealed-pond-test-earthworks-sand (no longer required to be at the bottom of a hugelkultur)
 
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These few simple stitches make me so happy. That's a bunch of favorite socks that get a new lease on life
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Better has than I expected!
Better has than I expected!
 
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Good job Ash!  I don't think I'll get the darning one, I don't wear thick socks or sweaters.  But I am going to do the sealed pond test!

I've been spending my spare time building a skiddable structure so that I can finish the Natural Building badge.  There's a BB for leveling a skiddable structure.  But I don't have one.  So I'm building one  First time doing any timber framing (if you can call it that).  
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The mostly-verticals are in position
The mostly-verticals are in position
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Bracing is on and I have the roof beams turned to be in the same plane for a test
Bracing is on and I have the roof beams turned to be in the same plane for a test
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Decided they looked better with the hump so here it is with roof boards sitting on top
Decided they looked better with the hump so here it is with roof boards sitting on top
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Today's work - more braces, beams sitting in notches, roof boards attached
Today's work - more braces, beams sitting in notches, roof boards attached
 
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A bigger pond!

(We've no shortage of clay, it's more techniques and removing roots from the dancefloor)
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Make it bigger!
Make it bigger!
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After an hour, I think it sealed
After an hour, I think it sealed
 
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What 2 BB's would y'all like to see it next week's sprint?
 
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Sometimes I wish I had clay.  We took the liner out of a small pond and it was holding water!  For half a day  Now it's the start of a sunken hugelbed.  But I am going to try the sealed pond test just to see if it's possible in this sand.

 
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You can have some of mine! (The two main biomes I've lived in are very clay-ey).

I bet you get to have Strawberries in that sand, though!
 
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Still working on my skiddable structure...
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floor and lower walls in place
 
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Mike Haasl wrote:Still working on my skiddable structure...


That's a beaut! That might be too good for the firewood...
 
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Thanks!  I'm aiming to "stack functions" so it will be a farm stand out by the road during the summer and a firewood rack in winter.  And maybe get me some building jobs on the side...
 
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Nice! In my daydreaming, I've been imagining a skiddable gate-stand. It seems like a natural fit for the technology.

Any requests for the BB Sprint? I know you're quite far along on the road to PEP-1.
 
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Yeah, I didn't really have any in mind.  The ones I'm still trying to get are probably different from the ones a newer PEPPER would be into.  Something akin to carving a spoon would be good.  Maybe pollinator habitat?  Unless that was done already...  Something spring/early summer related would be good
 
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Thanks, Mike. Since there's two to choose, I'm thinking of all the possible dichotomies available just within PEP.Sand:

- Indoor/Outdoor
- Novel/Everyday
- Easy/Hard
- Start a Badge/Finish a Badge
- PEP Newbie Appeal/PEP Enthusiast Appeal
- Badge Continuity/Rotating New Badge

Obviously there's room for lots of experimentation. Whittling away at PEP is effectively an evergreen topic.
 
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A Weekly PEP Sprint!
Just two BB's, between now and next Tuesday.
Will you sprint with me?


This week's BB's:
TextilesCrochet/Knit a Dishcloth or HotpadNovelty BB
CommunityMake a MapThruline BB 1/3

The 'Novelty BB' will skip through all the various aspects, in time.
The 'Thruline BB's' will get you certified in that badge, in time.
 
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My map is the one in the example, but I crocheted a dishcloth pretty badly, does that count?
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I only missed a few loops... (every row)!
I only missed a few loops... (every row)!
 
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Looks better than what I'd do :)  I fixed a toilet seat today and I'm cleaning a shower head at the moment.  I'm pretty close to getting the pluming badge!
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Why don't I just upload a picture of my toilet. That isn't weird...
Why don't I just upload a picture of my toilet. That isn't weird...
 
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Better late then never!

I made a map :)

 
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A Weekly PEP Sprint!
Just two BB's, between now and next Tuesday.
Will you sprint with me?


This week's BB's:
DL WoodworkingMake a Woodburned SignNovelty BB
CommunityBrand a Physical LocationThruline BB 2/3

The 'Novelty BB' will skip through all the various aspects, in time.
The 'Thruline BB's' will get you certified in that badge, in time.
 
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Beautiful map Ashley!
 
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Just give me a sign... Any sign...
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It's a sign.
It's a sign.
 
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