Hung out to dry

Socks and other things drying indoors

Two hobbies combined: knitted socks and gardening

It will not surprise you that I don’t have a tumble-drier. Environmentally they are not a great choice and even here in soggy Wales I mostly manage to dry my washing outside. Currently we are having to make do with hanging washing on the clothes horse as our rotary drier collapsed the other day. We always hang small items on a contraption involving spokes and pegs and this was in use, hanging from a curtain pole in the kitchen, the other day, providing a nice display of hand knitted socks when I realised its potential for another drying role.

January harvest from the unheated greenhouse

January harvest from the unheated greenhouse

Earlier in the day I had ventured out to our flooded greenhouse an picked the last (possibly) of the ripe chillies. It may have been wet this winter, but it has not been particularly cold, so many of the chilli plants have survived out in the unheated greenhouse. I picked the ripe fruits and wanted to dry the yellow lemon drops (the fat red one isn’t suitable for drying and I shall infuse some oil with it), so I tied them on a piece of string and hung them up with the socks! What a great way to display two of my hobbies.

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  1. Why are chillies anything but? Those lemon drop ones look quite innocent but would probably be able to heat the toes of the socks above sending someone hotfoot to the freezer.
    xxx Huge Hugs xxx

  2. Who said laundry and food can’t be decor items? πŸ™‚

  3. Nanette

     /  January 13, 2014

    Opposite sides of the world…I’m in Oz…..and same thinking. I use those spokey peggy things to hang ‘smalls’ etc…nothing as fancy as knitted socks though…. because they’re easy to grab off the line in a sudden downpour. But I find they’re a handy place to hang chillies and garlic to dry, or even stems with seeds.

  4. I used to dry chillies by threading strong cotton through them and hanging them like garlands from the mantelpiece. They’re extremely decorative like that, the warmth of the fire aided the drying process, and they didn’t take up any room. That wheelie thing would be great for drying seed heads, bean pods, etc. For laundry, I have a couple of old fashioned wooden clothes airers on wheels that collapse down for storage. It’s amazing what they come in useful for too!

    • Ooh I like the idea of clothes airers on wheels…

      • They’re brilliant! You can wheel them from patch of sun to patch of sun, use them around the woodstove, bring them inside from outside… They’re sturdy, simple and fold away tidily. Only one downside: when outside and fully loaded, they will sail away on a windy day unless you put a rock against the wheels.

  5. Nanette

     /  January 13, 2014

    ….. and when your clothes airers are no longer any good for clothes, dismantled they make great little fences and barriers to keep the chickens out of the garden, or even a small trellis for a dwarf bean to climb up!

  6. I don’t have a tumble dryer either, the majority of my winter drying is hanging clothes on hangers in doorways especially near the fireplace, the air flow drys them quite quickly. I hang our smalls on pegs on wire coat hangers, easy to quickly pull down when visitors come as well! πŸ™‚

    • Goodness, we do all seem to be very good about this. As one of my Facebook friends pointed out, she simply can’t afford the electricity for a drier so it’s good to feel we’re saving the planet and our money too!

      • I did have a dryer when Number 1 was born but it was old and didn’t last too long afterwards!

        We didn’t have the money to fix it or buy a new one so I just did without. Once I had been through a cold winter with a baby, and then another winter with another baby as well, all without a dryer I decided it as a luxury we couldn’t/didn’t need to afford, now I see getting one as admitting to a weakness! πŸ˜€

        Electricity prices have gone through the roof here so I hear more and more people not using their dryers, a good thing for the environment I’m sure.


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