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Let's crochet a yurt out of one continuous strand of oversized, hand-felted yarn to reinvigorate a heritage tradition with a unique twist!
Let's crochet a yurt out of one continuous strand of oversized, hand-felted yarn to reinvigorate a heritage tradition with a unique twist!
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Slow and Steady + Rewards

Today I was humbled by my largest donation to date that brought the yurt to 70% completion on Kickstarter — so we’re getting there! 18 days to go. It’s interesting — I’ve watched countless other projects on the site grow over time — especially those that launched around the same time mine did. Some have been recommended by the site itself, others have gotten similarly amazing press, others are being conducted by previously established artists, authors, etc. who have online followings already — each one grows with its own style and pattern: really fast and successful off the bat, all at once and then ultimately unsuccessful, slow and steady and successful, or gradual without success. I like to think that my project will be slow and steady AND successful. I have 18 days left to raise just under $1,800 and I’m hopeful that the spirit of the holidays will motivate lovers of the yurt to pledge their support. By far the best thing I’m doing, which is actually motivating a lot of great conversations, is writing people one at a time and seeing what they think of the project and if they’d be willing to support, impressing upon everyone that every dollar helps, no donation is too small. That said, I wanted to post a little picture of one of the rewards, a little mini yurt that I made this afternoon in the monsoon that was New York :) When they're all sewn together they look like the grey and white one also included!

I know the solo min yurt sort of looks like a medieval helmet in this picture — I’ve been asking for a nicer camera for Christmas every year for 3 years…but it’s a crochet little house — with a door! Imagine this guy 10 feet tall — how could anyone resist supporting the yurt :) Tell your friends — lets make it a reality! Also, check out a great article on the project from Dornob Design today!

http://dornob.com/modern-nomadic-diy-wild-woolly-crochet-a-yurt-project/

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Inside Outside Yurt USA

I’ve been looking at various ways of being able to light the inside and outside of the yurt when it’s complete (yes, I know I’m getting a little ahead of myself). I’ve reached out to a few companies, groups, and artists that work with solar and electro-luminescent materials. One option that I find intriguing is the solar harvesting textiles of KVA’s Soft House.

This fabric would act as a solar panel for the yurt and could power things on the inside with ease! The other material I recently discovered was electro-luminescent wire, which is flexible and, unlike neon, doesn’t get hot while it’s on. One of the women involved in the Institute of Figuring’s crochet coral reef project, Eleanor Kent, uses it to crochet jewelry and coral pieces so I’m thinking I can weave it into the inside of the yurt and have a few rows of light towards the oculus on the inside! A few of Eleanor’s works are below.

Thoughts? Suggestions on how to make this work? Ways to light up the outside?

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Mini Yurt!

As it’s Thanksgiving my whole family’s in town and we went to MoMA yesterday to check out the Tim Burton exhibit as well as the Bauhaus one — per usual though I stuck my head into the room of cool design stuff and I’m very glad I did as I came upon this little mini-felt home by Hill Jephson Robb.

He made it for his 7 month old niece after his sister died to emulate the womb and I think it probably does a fair job. It’s felted wool and 1.4m x 1.4m x 1.2m. It’s was awesome!

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Yurt's Are Easier!

Yesterday over at Funtasticus they posted a slew of knitted bodysuits…seriously. It inspired me to post because I think of the yurt as a woolly alternative to literally knitting or crocheting yourself into a human shaped suit! The best of their pics are posted here.

In addition, the Yurt Alert got some great press yesterday on AOL's Shelterpop and in the latest issue of Inside Crochet Magazine out now in the UK.

Shelterpop story:
http://www.shelterpop.com/2009/11/23/would-you-live-in-a-knitted-house/

Link to the Inside Crochet JPG:
http://farm3.static.flickr.com/2801/4131022630_2b37501ccd_o.jpg

Tell your friends to help us reach our goal!!

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Urlesque

Hi Everyone!
Today there was some exciting action in the Yurt Alert's land -- we were written up by Urlesque here: http://www.urlesque.com/2009/11/17/crochet-house-project-yurt-alert/

AND I did an interview with a pop culture wire service that will hopefully come out soon! I'll keep you guys posted! Thanks so much for the support -- keep telling your friends!

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