Sunday, December 23, 2012

Winter Clothesline

13 Comments:

Blogger Abby said...

I've been thinking about getting rid of our dryer... Do you not have one?

And happy holiday, Jenna. It sounds like it's gonna be a great one!

December 23, 2012 at 4:35 PM  
Blogger Joshua Tolley said...

I want to know how this works out, too. We've been using the dryer since the weather got regularly below freezing, but if the line is working out for other snowbound homesteaders, why not us? I guess I could just try it...

December 23, 2012 at 4:46 PM  
Blogger Joshua Tolley said...

And now I'm commenting a second time, only because I forgot to check the "email me follow-ups" box the first time.

December 23, 2012 at 4:46 PM  
Blogger Justine said...

Ditto Im curious too... I was wondering if you ever considered hanging a line indoors since you have both of those woodstoves and it would redistribute some (what I imagine from running our own woodstove) much needed humidity back into the air... also do your hands freeze terrible when hanging out... I would love to get rid of my electricity gobbling dryer...

December 23, 2012 at 8:00 PM  
Blogger Jenna said...

Well, they freeze dry. Really. They freeze up there and get hard as, well, frozen cotton and linen. And then they slowly go from wet and frozen to dry and frozen and the stiffness leaves them.

Some Amish say that's how you know they are dry, they flap in the wind again! from planks to flags.

I have no working dryer. It broke last year and I decided it was a waste of electricity for a single person who works at home. If I had a family of 4 and only three hours to do laundry, it would be different!

December 23, 2012 at 8:24 PM  
Blogger Jennifer said...

I have a drying rack set up in an unobtrusive corner of my library, currently. Although I only hang dry woolens at the moment.

December 23, 2012 at 8:30 PM  
Blogger Joshua Tolley said...

"If I had a family of 4 and only three hours to do laundry, it would be different!" Bummer... I now have your testimony that it works, but I have a family of six. :)

December 23, 2012 at 11:07 PM  
Blogger Me From Maine said...

I haven't dried outside in the winter in years! I'll have to try it again! I normally use my drying rack indoors or the dryer. I didn't have a dryer for over 10 years, first because we rented and COULDN'T have one, and then because I chose not to. I admit I love my dryer, but now that the honeymoon period is over with it, I'm going back to more air drying.

December 23, 2012 at 11:09 PM  
Blogger lemontreelane said...

I wash a load almost every night then hang it on our 2 clothes racks indoors then by the afternoon it"s dry and ready for the next load

December 24, 2012 at 12:13 AM  
OpenID alewyfe said...

I line-dry in the basement, where the washer is... plus it keeps my skivvies out of the neighbor's view. :-) In the summer I hang a line for most stuff on our porch... will have to try some outdoor drying for big stuff like sheets and such! It takes longer to dry inside in the winter (our place is really cold at the moment, so that doesn't help) but since we have a woodstove I figure the extra moisture can't hurt! Your clothes last a lot longer, plus no accidental shrinkage! We will be replacing our broken dryer at some point, as sometimes it's handy to be able to dry things quickly, or get the dog hair off of them... :-)

December 24, 2012 at 2:08 PM  
Blogger Ken Newman said...

I like this photo,it has a real Andrew Wyeth vibe, ( my laundry just looks like laundry). When it gets cold here, (NE PA),we move indoors to the lines strung up across our second floor studio space, light the upstairs wood stove and everything dries much faster. Have a dryer that came with the house,never use it.

December 24, 2012 at 2:19 PM  
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December 24, 2012 at 2:19 PM  
Blogger Holly said...

I do the indoor dryer rack in winter for humidity purposes:) I'm amazed how effective it is and the benefit to adding moisture to the air is tangible. I'm anti-electricity for drying too.

December 24, 2012 at 6:40 PM  

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