I wrote yesterday about my first attempts at being a potter. At the same time I was making macramé wall hangings, and part of the pottery appeal was making clay items to embellish the wall hangings.
I can remember the hook placed in the overhead beam of the mud room that I used to hang my work in progress. I would sit on my stool and work for hours.
The family could always attest to whatever craft I was into at the time, by the homemade Christmas gifts they received. I had my pottery year, the macramé year, followed by ceramics, crocheting and sewing and so many more.
I saw some macramé bracelets on Pinterest, and my son happened to see them. Could I make a lanyard, he asked. What kind? I replied. This led to an internet research on duck call lanyards.
For those unfamiliar with duck hunting, there is this call thing that imitates...a duck, I guess. It has an irregular shape and no hole by which the hunter could hang it, keeping it handy. Someone designed a lanyard with a noose tied end on it that could be adjusted to the duck call.
I can make that, I told him.
We were going out for dinner and stopped at the store for some paracord, and I was off to the races. By the end of the weekend, after another trip to the store, I had the design down pat. I made a few variations and will leave it up to my son and his buddies to decide which one works best.
There’s something very relaxing about the repetition of knotting, and I find it a pleasant way to while away the time and keep my hands busy.
My son is always finding these ‘little projects’ for me. I still have the research saved for making fishing lures. Still thinking about it, but this one is out of my comfort zone.