NaBloPoMo Day 19: Paracord!

A few days ago I mentioned that I had ordered paracord and buckles. Today I put them to use.

Paracord!

I ended up going to YouTube for instructions rather than using the tutorial I linked earlier.

Paracord!

From left to right they are:

Yes, I bought a book. It’s an ebook, though, and it was only $7. I learned how to do a nicer knot for the clasp and I really like that waterfall tie. Here’s an attempted closeup of the knot.

Paracord!

As you may have guessed, the buckles aren’t working. I got glow-in-the-dark ones which are too big and translucent green which are too small. I think the small ones might work for friendship bracelets with embroidery floss and for now my 7-year-old son is using a glow-in-the-dark one to make a belt.

Paracord!

He enjoyed doing it for a bit and took a break for dinner but then came back to it a bit more. It goes pretty quickly so I think he’ll be able to finish it up tomorrow. I’ve already started shopping for new colors. Move over yarn, here comes paracord!

kombucha and other crafts

Kombucha is in the air or something. A couple of days ago a friend of mine let me taste hers and I liked it. Niels did too, so I started giving it to him in the hopes that the probiotics in it would balance out the antibiotics he's taking and keep his tummy settled. Today I discovered an article about how to grow your own kombucha in the latest issue of Craft:. It also suddenly occurred to me that it is grown in tea and thus contains caffeine. No wonder Niels couldn't sleep last night!

On another crafty topic, my goal for this evening is to attempt some Tunisian crochet. Tracy was making a log cabin blanket with Tunisian crochet at BobKnit last week and it looked very cool. I bought myself a circular crochet hook and three colors of Lion Brand Microspun (I was aiming for Cotton-Ease, but my JoAnn didn't have it) and I'm going to give it a go. I think it will make a nice baby blanket for one of the many babies my friends are expecting this year.

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