Jinn Girardot

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I grew up farm-adjacent and actively hated all farm-related activities. I discovered permaculture by accident on the internet about the same time I realized what a terrible state the world is in, and realized that producing the necessities of life and working with nature sounded a lot more useful (and enjoyable) than endless fields of corn and soybeans. I'm still an apartment-dweller right now, but someday I'll have some land and a food forest!
Northeast Indiana (zone 6a)
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Recent posts by Jinn Girardot

I love Bernadette's videos in general, and this is on my list of things to make - with some modifications. I tend to wear pants a lot more than skirts, and I feel like this particular design would flop around a lot over pants. So when I get around to making it, I'm going to try making it a little less curved and add a second tie at the bottom to tie around my thigh. I don't know how well it's going to work, and the pattern may need adapting so it will work with a lot of bending, but I have a lot of scrap fabric to experiment with!
3 days ago
Did a manual load of all of my work uniforms - 3 tops, 3 bottoms, some under layers (compression shorts and tank tops I like to wear under my uniform), and assorted undergarments (socks/underwear/bras). I didn't think to count how many items I had total, but the pile looks pretty small due to everything being fairly thin. That did mean it all fit in my dry bag - it's meant to keep water out when doing activities like kayaking where things might get wet, but I've found it works very well for keeping water in and provides a good confined space for agitating the dirty clothes. The hardest part for me has always been squeezing out enough of the water so that it dries in a reasonable amount of time, but there was a nice breeze last night and everything was fully dry in about 8 hours.
1 week ago
My partner requested I repair a hole near the hem of his favorite pair of long underwear. I didn't have anything gray in my scrap pile, but the black fabric is nice and thick and probably a good choice for reinforcing the thinning fabric anyway. It's not the prettiest patch job, but it's an under layer so it doesn't really matter if it looks nice - it works and that's what matters.
1 month ago
Forgot to take a picture of the mess before I ran the self-cleaning cycle - hopefully a picture of the gunk after the cycle ran but before wiping out counts?

I've never run a self-cleaning oven before, but after my partner's attempt at a pumpkin pie leaked all over, I figured I'd give it a shot! Everything wiped away with a damp sponge, no other cleaners required.
1 month ago
I don't have much floor to sweep (everywhere but the kitchen and bathroom is carpeted), but between a long-haired dog, a cat, and a lot of cooking, the dirt builds up!
1 month ago
I just realized I've earned 5 BBs!

1. Commerce (develop a residual income stream) https://permies.com/p/1153334
2. Commerce (do labor over the internet) https://permies.com/p/1153350
3. Natural Medicine (create a natural medicine journal) https://permies.com/p/1153243
4. Nest (set up a cloth napkin system) https://permies.com/p/1163311
5. Textiles (darn a hole) https://permies.com/p/1163304
1 month ago

r ranson wrote:I suspect that if using other natural fibres, there would be an extra step like talking about the method you choose for that fibre and why.

That absolutely makes sense, once I get another batch to take pictures of I'll make sure to include that.
1 month ago
I see wool, cotton, linen, and silk all listed as fibers that will count towards this badge. Is there a possibility to submit an alternative fiber? The fiber I have the most access to is Newfoundland fiber from my dog, which is quite similar to wool in terms of washing/spinning. Would I be able to use that for one of the requirements, or would I have to submit that for oddball points?
1 month ago
I've collected an assortment of cloth napkins over the years. We keep most of them in a drawer in the kitchen, but we do have a wooden napkin holder my spouse made that we use to keep some accessible on the kitchen table (when it gets low we replenish it with more from the drawer). Under the sink we keep a small trash can that we've converted to a "laundry basket" for dirty kitchen linens - napkins, dish towels, dish cloths, etc. We wash the contents of that basket along with with the contents of our general towel basket (bath towels, hand towels, towels we used to dry the dog after she was out in the rain, etc.) in a washing machine on a the "energy saving" setting with laundry detergent. Usually we run the washing machine on cold unless there's something particularly greasy on something.
2 months ago
Apologies in advance if the black on black is hard to see - I wanted the darning to be fairly unobtrusive since I want to be able to wear the sweater to work still. I took a lot of progress pictures with the needle in it so hopefully it's more evident that I went far enough outside the boundaries of the hole.

Started with a sweater with a hole in the sleeve, some thin black yarn from my stash, and a tapestry needle inherited from my grandmother. It didn't turn out perfect by any means, but it's not too bulky and since the hole was on the underside of the sleeve it's not super noticeable and my black work sweater is wearable again just in time for fall.
2 months ago