Should you go solar? Installing solar panels can be a surprisingly complicated question. You’ve probably heard solar panels are good for the environment, but why? What is the process and is it expensive? And does it even work if you are in a colder climate? We recently made the decision to go solar, so I hope I can offer some insight into whether the decision might be right for you.
We are continuing our series of homemade holiday gifts with something else you can make from yarn: a crocheted ponytail hat.
Be sure to also check out how to make felted wool dryer balls. They are a great project to do with kids!
This crocheted hat is perfect for beginners because you only need to know very basic stitches. I am not by any means a master crocheter (I only know how to do a chain stitch, a single crochet, and a double crochet), and I made several of these hats very easily. Each one took me about two hours.
This year I’d like to do a few posts on the blog about how to make some affordable handmade holiday gifts. So, if we exchange gifts with you, please stay off the blog for a while so your gifts can be a surprise. 🙂 Today we’re talking about how to make felted wool dryer balls.
We have been using store-bought dryer balls for a few months, but I recently learned how to make my own. I really like using them because they work just as well as dryer sheets, but are made entirely out of wool, which is a renewable resource, with no harmful chemicals. Because they are reusable they are better for the environment than the sheets you use once and throw away. They also make drying time shorter, which saves money on utility bills. And they save you additional money because you can use them for a year or longer, making them more cost effective than disposable dryer sheets. [Read more…]