r ranson wrote:This year we are trying something fun: A 12-day permie challenge where each participant challenges themselves to do something out of the norm during the 12 Days of Christmas. It can be something as simple as giving the house a good spring clean (with homemade eco-friendly cleaning products), writing that e-book you always wanted to write, spend 12 days without spending a dime, or something even more exciting like finally building that youtube channel you've been itching to make. It doesn't matter what it is, so long as it's challenging to you. ...
We each work together on our individual challenges, posting updates to this thread, encouraging, commiserating, and cheering each other on.
What would be a treat and a challenge for you?
Skandi Rogers wrote:It sounds a nice idea but not sure what to do, won't be able to do much if anything outside, ground will be frozen or it will rain that's the two possibilities in December. hmms
l'll speed-up my to-do list then:
1. Properly clean some castiron skillets I recently bought. First time owning some that aren't brand new.
2. Once that's done, bake bread in them.
3. Make an informative topic for permies.com
4. Start my first indoor mushroom grow with rye grain as a medium, I've only used brown rice previously which is easier but more tedious.
5. Another mushroomy one - Trying to make liquid culture from honey water. I've always been worried about contamination ruining the entire culture, but we'll see how it goes.
Joseph Lofthouse wrote:I typically fast between Christmas and New Year. It's a great way to get some autophagy going. First time I did a long fast, my blood pressure plummeted from unhealthy to normal. Since then, I've made it a yearly tradition.
r ranson wrote:My challenge 2017 will be two things.
1. Sort through the seeds we have and make a feasible plan for the garden with wider spaced rows. Make it a plan we can stick to.
2. Weave 4 towels from handspun cotton yarn weft. Much of the yarn is yet to be spun, so spinning it will be part of the challenge. About half the fibre is grown organically in my greenhouse, and the other half is from various commercial sources. I think it's going to be great.
Here's a picture of a sample.
Kathleen Sanderson wrote:
Do you grow cotton? One thing I want to try in Kentucky is growing our own cotton -- I've been looking at the small-scale equipment needed to process the fiber (I've worked some with wool, but never with cotton fiber before).
Adick Songab wrote:This challenge is new to me...but I've got a perfect challenge to take on. I'm going to launch a new product using our Holland Beater from Mark Lander in New Zealand. The product will be a paper product from the pulp of milkweed pods. We have been using milkweed pod collection as a cash source for people in our community for the last three years. Last year we obtained the "Holland Beater" to utilize the raw materials (free for the gathering) in a product that originates with us. The product? A card (greeting card) that looks exactly like a folded piece of "lefse", a local iconic food tradition. No, I am not going to say, "Uffdah!"
Brian Gable wrote:What a great idea, I have made my first bowl of yogurt today, and my kim chi is well on the way, today I moved the hens which is hardly a new project, oh yes I have to take up a good neighbours offer of some well rotted manure, go fill the trailer by hand then bring it back to the new permie vegetable garden and food forest.
Try not to fall asleep in the recliner as often and keep the house under control. Have a great New Year in 2018, 2017 has been a hard year my wife and elder brother died in April followed by two close friends, and to top out the year one of my Dalmatians went to the vet on a one way journey yesterday.
Kathleen Sanderson wrote:IF we get our water back (going on three weeks without it -- may have to replace the well pump), my challenge will be to do a thorough house-cleaning, and pack up everything we won't need before we move near the end of March.
If we don't have the water back on by then (what a pain, though I'm thankful we are able to take showers and do laundry and fill water containers at my mom's house) I can still do some packing.
Adick Songab wrote:Not sure how this works...but.. to Judith, yes. We got a "Critter". It is a phenomenon. However, as a weaver myself I have oceans of cotton and denim scrap we thought we would be consuming only to find out that at 1 1/2 # s per batch cotton goes a loooooooong way. People are coming up with more material for us than is needed to replace what we've used. The "Critter" is supposed to be able to support up to 10 paper artists...and I can believe it. After the challenge, if I'm still postiing, papermaking might be a good thread to consider. Good luck on dressing that "naked" loom.