Procrastination is a strange thing. I was doing pretty well with the daily thing for at least 2 months and then mid-March I stumbled big-time. Then the longer I wasn't posting, the less incentive there was to post. I came up with a few ideas to help me keep up, but never did them. I tied a number of knots including more Ashley knots and some seasonal ones not to mention finishing the give away tassels. While I haven't scanned the seasonal knots, I had long ago scanned the give away tassels. Why not post them? It's quick, no? As the offspring are fond of saying: "I dunno..."

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picture of a braided necklace on some Korean baseball players So, my sweetie, who knows me well, was watching the World Baseball Classic and notices that many of the Korean baseball players are wearing string necklaces, some of which look braided (see left). Are they braided? Are they fabric tubes? Are they something else? Why are the players wearing them? Are Korean men in general wearing them these days? Are Koreans in general wearing them? Is it some sort of modernized tradition (pretty sure they didn't have those plastic clasps until recently, relatively speaking)?

http://www.mynorthwest.com/?nid=29&sid=143036
http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/mPK_j5RnIMi/World+Baseball+Classic+Tokyo+...
http://www.zimbio.com/pictures/mPK_j5RnIMi/World+Baseball+Classic+Tokyo+...

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grey hexagonal stellar knot with little beadsback of grey hexagonal stellar knot with little beads The "back" side (see right) is the first side I worked on.

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3 into 4 flower knot representing a 3 leaf clover4 into 5 flower knot representing a 4 leaf clover Let me start with a story. Almost 50 years ago when my mother first arrived in Canada, she was shopping at the grocery store when she was approached by a shop employee. He said that she had been randomly selected to win a year's worth of groceries if she would answer a simple skill testing question: when is St. Patrick's day? Well, mom being pretty fresh "off the boat" had no clue and therefore didn't win the prize. I'd have thought the event would have burned the date into her brain (she certainly tells the story regularly) but when I asked her about it the other day, she still had no clues when St. Patrick's day was. Oh well.

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the hexagonal stellar knot, overlap 1, with the centre bead in place Here's a progress shot of black version with the centre bead in place. Pretty, no? 8)

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stainless steel tableware with overhand knots tied in them Articles
A series of articles (in English at the link) published in a Spanish art magazine by a German writer (?). The topics range from quipus to computer generated but physical Gordian knots.
http://myvisit.to/franz-ost/langswitch_lang/en

Events
During their annual spring sale which was March 12-15, 2009, Knit Purl in Portland, OR was giving free mini-workshops. One of which was "Chinese Knot". Was it a knitting stitch called "Chinese Knot" or was it, y'know, actual Chinese knotting? Any Portland resident/visitors actually know?
http://blog.oregonlive.com/knitting/2009/03/impending_portlandarea_knitt...

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A father and daughter braiding together on cards Things to see
Seminal kumihimo author, Catherine Martin, who these days braids with gold and platinum wire studded with diamonds, is one of the featured artists at The Goldsmith's Company's Summer Exhibition, Creation II. The show is at the Goldsmiths’ Hall in London, England running from Friday May 29 to Saturday July 11, 2009. Admission is free.
http://www.responsesource.com/releases/rel_display.php?relid=46248

Here's a small profile of Catherine with some pictures of her work.
http://www.scottish-gallery.co.uk/pages/artistIntro.aspx?artistID=96

Blogs
An 8 strand braid in perle cotton made on disk.
http://nossubgallery.blogspot.com/2009/03/kumihimo-madness.html

A weaver cannot resist the braiding kits at her local yarn shop.
http://dustbunniesundermyloom.blogspot.com/2009/03/big-bag-of-happy.html

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