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Knitted garments for hot weather

Knit your own yogurt
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In a sense of course, this is not an original idea. Even so, I've wondered if it could be done, and these are my thoughts on the matter.

Take some milk and warm it, then leave it for several hours, producing yogurt. Place it in a receptacle with a nozzle on the end, then insert the end of the nozzle into an atmosphere cooled to about -80 degrees Celsius. Squirt it out under pressure, with the resultant fibre landing on a padded surface, maybe snow, so as not to break it. While keeping it generally cold, carefully and slowly bend the threads with slightly warmed knitting needles so that they soften and can then be looped, knotted and converted into a knitted product of some kind. Keep the results in the freezer, then take them out to wear on hot days, e.g. hats, balaclavas, leg coolers, gloves and scarves to keep the wearer cool in a heatwave or just a hot climate. The garments gradually melt and turn into a sticky mass of course, but in the meantime, they keep you cool. As they melt, they can be eaten to cool you from the inside as well.

nineteenthly, Feb 05 2014


       Frozen viscous substances of all sorts could be used in this machine!
bungston, Feb 05 2014

       This idea contains a range and quality of imagery that leads to serious concerns regarding the mental state of the author.
8th of 7, Feb 05 2014

       /Take some milk and warm it, then leave it for several hours, producing yogurt./   

       I'm not exactly sure what that would look like, but I'm fairly sure it wouldn't be: A. Yoghurt, or B. Safe for consumption.
erenjay, Feb 05 2014

       Well, that's how I made yogurt before I went vegan and I'm still here.
nineteenthly, Feb 05 2014

       Are there other things you made that you also called yogurt?
bungston, Feb 05 2014

       It was yogurt! It was a thick, sour substance with bacteria munching away at milk protein and making acid. That's how you make yogurt. What's the problem? I mean, if you like take out that bit but it's still how you make it. You add a bit of the last batch of course, and it did go fizzy once but that's because I was baking at the same time and some yeast got in it.
nineteenthly, Feb 05 2014

       //The garments gradually melt//   

       Well, this very indeed depends on your definition of "gradually".   

       If it's the "gradually" as in "gradually, life on Earth evolved to the point of being able to conquer the land", then this is probably not the case.   

       If it's the "gradually" as in "gradually close the wound, suturing evenly and drawing the edges together as you go" - probably also not the case.   

       If it's the "gradually" as in "instead of melting gradually, the knitted frozen yoghurt clothes melted in his fingertips as he donned them, forming a pool of liquid yoghurt around his feet as he stood there feeling foolish", then that may be more like it.   

       Incidentally, re. veganism, a group at the John Innes has just succeeded in producing a GM cassava the juice of which contains bovine proteins, lactose and triglycerides. It is intended as a dairy-free milk alternative. Whether it can be yoghurtized or not is, as yet, unknown.
MaxwellBuchanan, Feb 05 2014

       Well in that case it could still be refreshingly cold and your hands could end up with a pool of yogurt in them which you could then drink.   

       Regarding cassava juice, the cow tree occasionally impinges on my mind.
nineteenthly, Feb 06 2014


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