A miniature example of the life-sized prototype that Kate working on: A viable idea for portable homeless shelters.

Creating Sustainable Ideas

By Janit Calvo
December 16, 2009

It’s the people that you meet, when you’re sending out your tweets!

If you are one of the millions of people that has become addicted to tweeting, you know that what happens on Twitter, doesn’t stay on Twitter.

Although, I’m not sure how it started but I think it was a post by Twitter buddy, @Clonehenge, that did it. Now, how I got connected to @Clonehenge is an interesting story too, but for today, let’s just focus on the miniature yurts.


Yep. Miniature yurts made of home-spun wool, measuring one inch tall by one and a half inches wide. Now you know why it caught my eye. How cute would a miniature yurt look in the right kind of mini garden?

You see, they are the brainchild of Kate Pokorny of New Hampshire. Kate is out to prove that a life-sized wool yurt can be viable, sustainable, biodegradable and portable option for a house – among other things.

Now, that’s a lot of wool.

And, that’s exactly what’s going on here.

Kate has a plan to “crochet a functional yurt out of a continuous strand of felted wool to create a beautiful, self supporting housing structure.”

Reading further into this bizarre idea, it made sense: wool is a renewable and biodegradable resource. The crochet stitch is strong and reliable. The yurt is a durable structure that has proved itself already as a self-supporting housing structure. Blend these three concepts together and you have a portable house for the homeless.

I love it.

And Kate needs our help.

And we need her miniature yurts!!

Kate is keeping it real. She’s using local wool from the “friendly flocks” in New Hampshire, and with help from a nearby mill, the fleece will be cleaned and prepped for felting. This is where the donations are needed, to help fund the processing and hand cleaning of the wool, so Kate can hand-felt and crochet the life-sized prototype.

Kate has set up a website with a ton of information on how she got inspired, her research on yurts and a blog of her experience in setting up this idea. (And, you have to see the gigantic doily being tatted too! Very fun!)

Now, what about the miniature yurts, you ask?

It’s the way Kate has set up her donation schedule. For as little as $10 you can get a miniature yurt and be a part of this wonderful project. And yes, you can donate more and less than that too – and there is a perk for every donation level – check it out at the link below.

And think of how cute the miniature yurt would look in your miniature garden.

Now, think of all the homeless people that could be wrapped in wool during the frigid winter months.

See Kate’s website here.

And her secure donation site through Kickstarter here.

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