Opalyn Rose

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I just went to my post on Make a Stir Fry that I was waiting for certification and discovered that there were no photos.  I added them when I made the post but now I have BBV Price of 1 when it seems that the system deleted my photos on my initial submission.  

I think I missed the rollout and would like more information.
Congratulations on the system upgrade.  I like the new BB Submission option.  I hope it will allow non-staff to help with the certification process.  It took me a while to discover it because I usually "quote" the opening post so that I have the bb and posting requirements handy but I'm adjusting to the new process.  

I have a question about photos.  Today I made a post with attached photos and after I hit "BB Submission" I took a look at my post and none of the photos were attached.  I edited the post and added them again and they showed up.  Is this bug?  
Anyway, I was able to edit and upload photos but I was curious.
Congratulations on the system upgrade.  I like the new BB Submission option.  I hope it will allow non-staff to help with the certification process.  It took me a while to discover it because I usually "quote" the opening post so that I have the bb and posting requirements handy but I'm adjusting to the new process.  

I have a question about photos.  Today I made a post with attached photos and after I hit "BB Submission" I took a look at my post and none of the photos were attached.  I edited the post and added them again and they showed up.  Is this bug?  
Anyway, I was able to edit and upload photos but I was curious.
Here is my submission for the Textile - Sand - Knit a Hotpad BB.

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
 -  Post a picture of your wool cotton yarn and needles or crochet hooks
 -  Post a picture of your hot pad in progress
 -  Post a picture of your completed hot pad
 -  Unfelted, it should measure about 10 by 10 inches

This is a cotton hot pad using the Tree of Life Potholder Pattern which recommends cotton.  Earlier in this thread, there has been conversation in which Paul said that cotton could be used but would need an insulative layer.  The technique used for this pattern is called double knitting and you make two layers of fabric as you knit across each row.  In a conversation I had with Paul during BB20, he asked if I would be comfortable using this hot pad to remove a cast iron pan from the oven and my answer is, "yes."

Please consider my hotpad submission for this BB.
13 hours ago
I wanted to submit my sock (Textile) BB and on the Textile page socks didn't have a link. So I made this Sock BB Page.  When I finished, one of the posts that was linked at the bottom of the page was this Sock BB Page (which already has a certified BB).

Since I don't have editing permissions, could some of the links/instructions from my post be added to the BB page? My page could be renamed Helpful Links to Knitting Socks.  It is not set as a wiki now but could be.  I left it locked (not a wiki) pending this conversation.

Please link this Sock BB Page (which already has a certified BB) to the Textile PEP homepage.
2 days ago
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Composting Scraps for Site #2 came from the kitchen in my sister's house in Tacoma, Washington.  

The measuring cup holds approximately 6 cups when full to the top but is only marked to 5 cups so I'll use 5.5 cups for this project.  

October 28, While preparing a Stir Fry, I decided to clean up all 5# of Brussel Sprouts for the compost and collected/measured 2 volumes plus 4 cups for 15 cups - Brussel Bag.

2 days ago
Three bags of Composting Scraps for Site #2 measured 66 cups.

Bag #1: 16.5 cups
Bag #2: 22.0 cups
Bag #3: 27.5 cups

October 25, I took them out to the area that I had previously done the Chop & Drop Gardening BB.

80 cups = 5 gallons of compost so I'll be measuring more contributions.
2 days ago
Here is my submission for the Food Prep and Preservation - Sand - Cook a Stir Fry BB.

A rough recipe of what I put in my stir fry
 Rice:
     2/3 cup mixed/wild rice
     1-1/3 cup water
     salt
 Stir Fry:
     2 T Olive Oil
     1 onion - diced
     pinch of salt
     12 oz Beef - sliced about 3/16" thick and marinated in garlic and teriyaki sauce
     6 cups Brussel Sprouts - halved

To document the completion of the BB, I have provided the following:
 - post a picture of you preparing some of the ingredients (or the leftovers you are using)
 - post a picture of your ingredients in the pan
 - post a picture of your finished stir fry!
I'm exploring how to make twine with local materials.

I don't have any (known) stinging nettles and the blackberry brambles have already hardened for the season.  I've been watching youtube videos about different fibers for cordage and Yucca showed up in my feed.  Here are a couple of videos that were helpful and below that are some photos I took while making Yucca cordage.





you can even make soap from Yucca


This morning, I went out to the Yucca patch and gathered about a dozen leaves.

Step 1: Harvest Yucca
I cut the stems down low near the base of the plant with scissors and brought them inside.

Step 2: Remove the Coarse 'Hair-Like' Fibers - just pull them off

Step 3: Pound on the Leaf
I used a wooden spoon with a big flat-ish back and the kitchen counter (covered with black plastic to prevent staining)  Turns out my shirt did get stained green - the counter would have been fine.

Step 4: Expose the Fibers
I used a different wooden spoon with a steeper edge to scrap the waxy coating and the dark green coating off of the fibers

Here is a brief materials processing video I made of Steps 3 & 4:


Step 5: Separate the Fibers
Using my fingernails, I separated the fibers.

Step 6: Spin

Step 7: Ply

Alternate Step 6&7: Use the Twist and Fold method described in the videos to make cordage without a drop spindle

Step 8: Measure - 20 feet for the BB
I made about 9 feet from six leaves and plan to make more tomorrow.

One of many lessons learned: round things work better than straight things for pounding and scraping.  I tried a putty knife and it gouged my surface without doing much to the leaf.  The spoons worked much better and I was able to control where and how they affected the surface much easier than the straight edge of the putty knife.