It’s a half-year down, friends. In June, I did purchase some circa-’78 platform sandals from the Village of Value, and my Mom handed down some handmedowns, including a smart summer jacket, some scarves from her old stash, a blue tunic from 1979, and a big jute summer bag she carried ad infinitum when I was a kid.

So, basically, I look just like my mother, only in flashback.

More Year of No New Threads:

The Pledge1 Mo. Down2 Mos. Down3 Mos. Down4 Mos. Down5 Mos. Down

Knit Wit

June 28, 2008

I’m loving this recycled, kinda-riotous, vintage knitting needle jewelry from Threadbanger. Wanna make some?

knitting needle jewelry

Searching Small

June 27, 2008

Flights of fancy for a Friday in June: Givin’ a little love to the Small search engine terms that have turned up Living Small. I must admit that, amid the hundreds of searches for legit things like “living small” and “tiny house” and “global warming diagram,” there are a few that make me glad to be searchable via the World Wide Web.

  1. Laura Ingalls Wilder. Mentioned her killer sod house once; now at least one search per day drives some unsuspecting kid-literati to my Small online doorstep. Bless you, Laura Ingalls, and your awesome underground digs.
  2. Thrift Store. My life’s goal (well, aside from ghost writing Axl Rose’s autobiography) is to be indelibly associated in the minds of all with thrifting. I’m halfway there. Thank you, Internet.
  3. Bag End. It blows my mind, too, given the wealth of Lord of the Rings fansites that are floating around in the cyber-ether. (Really: don’t Middle Earth people and the Internet go hand in hand, like Faramir and Eowyn?) Nevertheless, this bloggie has risen to the challenge. Kind of like that sword. Narsil. Not that I know anything about Lord of the Rings.
  4. Warwick Davis. This is not a joke. Fifty individuals have typed that excellent fellow’s name into their respective search engines, and good old Living Small reported for duty. And, with any luck, one of those half-hundred was Warwick D. himself. (W: If you’re reading this, please know that your starring roles in both Willow and the Leprechaun series have made me a greater person.)

Yo, blog buddies: What search engine terms have made your day?


Bon voyage to Mr. Living Small, who departs for Los Angeles via Amtrak this morning. It’s a 36-hour train trip, folks — that’s a lot of sustained silent reading — but he chose rails over airways for their lower environmental impact. Want some figures? Flit on over to this chart devised by the Sightline Institute (go, Seattle treehuggers!) on the subject of CO2 emissions according to transit type.

Have you ever long-hauled it on the railroad? How far did you go?

(And how late did you arrive?)

Nine Tiny Feet

WHO: Michael Janzen

WHERE: California’s Sacramento Valley

WHAT: A nine-square-foot house on wheels. I’m not kidding.

SIZE: See above. I’m not kidding.

Move over, Jay Shafer. Here comes Michael Janzen.

Michael Janzen is taking small to a new level with his nine-square-foot, portable home. The idea came to Janzen in a dream-vision; he’d been thinking about how much space a human truly needs. (Very meta.) He landed on nine square feet — he’s six feet tall, and, at his broadest point, two feet wide — and set out to create a livable space (toilet included) that took up a tiny niner. His reasoning:

…to show people how small, small can be. I’m beginning to develop a theory that nine square feet is all we really need and that every square foot after that is for added comfort, vanity, or people.


It’s worth noting that Janzen isn’t counting the nine-square-foot sleeping loft in his calculation. According to him, that square footage isn’t typically counted. (So is that vanity or comfort? Extra people?) Read more about the project at Nine Tiny Feet.

Oh, and he plans to build the Nine Tiny Feet house only after he finishes constructing a 90-square-foot house for free. Salvage, people. 100% salvage. More at Tiny Free House.

Round of applause for Kent at the Tiny House Blog (one of my favorites) for blogging this first.