Seen on this blog. As just about everyone says, it sounds like fun. It also sounds like a chain letter but on blogs, but at least it's opt-in versus opt-out. 8)

The first three people to respond to this post will get something made by me! My choice. For you. This offer does have some restrictions and limitations:
1- I make no guarantees that you will like what I make!
2- What I create will be just for you.
3- It’ll be done this year.
4- You have no clue what it’s going to be.
5- I reserve the right to do something extremely strange.

The catch is that you must repost this on your blog and offer the same to the first 3 people who do the same on your blog. The first 3 people to do so and leave a comment telling me they did win a FAB-U-LOUS homemade gift by me! Oh, and be sure to post a picture of what you win when you get it! Who’s in?

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inline 2x2 mystic knot tied in black edged white shoelaceuntidy back of an inline 2x2 mystic knot tied in black edged white shoelace Now the illustration/instructions for Ashley #589 is of the line and circle (indicating unders) variety. It is extremely difficult to visualize from that, especially for a knot of this complexity. He recommends enlarging the diagram and pinning everything down very carefully. Well, I was winging it freehand, and I'm pretty sure it's not right, at least the "back side" looks like there's a mistake (see right). The "front" side on the other hand, looks reasonable except that the loose ends extending through the loops are back to front versus front to back as in the diagram.

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macramé chair Things to buy
A designer macramé chair that has won design prizes and purchased by museums (to sit in or display?).

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hairwork braid Blogs
Sally, The Fearless Knitter, finally uses one of her 2 marudai after 15 years. You're not alone, Sally!!
http://fearlessknitter.blogspot.com/2009/03/24-cool-beans-after-15-years...

Kumihimo in Mongolian (.mn is the country code for Mongolia)! I would have expected written Mongolian (or romanized Mongolian?) to look different (a little research shows that modern written Mongolian is modified Cyrillic, so this is written in some kind of romanization scheme).
http://michelle.monstudnet.mn/2009/03/06/kumihimo/

Loopykd is experimenting with kumihimo.
http://home-spun.com/?p=427

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A piece of hairwork that is extremely reminiscent of kumihimo.

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inline 1x2 mystic knot tied in black edged white shoelace1x2 mystic knot tied in black edged white shoelace Unlike the inline square flower knot (see left), Ashley #588, a rectangular knot is not simply the 1x2 mystic knot (see right) with one end passed through the body of the knot to give a half-hearted extra ear (although it could certainly be done that way). The pass-through occurs earlier and still has no structural support, so the ears still need to be either "closed" or sewn in order that casual handling not destroy the knot.

Let's make that a definition shall we? A closed ear is an ear loop that is snugged up against the main knot (see left).

inline square flower knot tied in black edged white shoelacesquare flower knot tied in black edged white shoelace Consider your standard square flower knot (see right). The structural centre is distinctly square, which is good. But, you say, there are only three ears. You say, a square knot should have four ears. I say, consider the loose ends to be the fourth ear. You, nevertheless, remain dissatisfied. A square has four sides, should not a square flower knot have four ears?

double coin knot tied in white sidelined in black A month later, but not if you are using the backfill date, I've added the previously promised sideline illustration. I've revised the previous posting, but don't think that pushes things out to the feeds again. So, in order that loyal readers not miss any new content, here it is. 8)

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hexagonal type 2 stellar knot in red sidelined in black I finally successfully tied and tightened the type 2 hexagonal stellar knot. It's nice but the centre hole is not as big as I'd hoped. So, it's back to the standard stellar knot with fewer overlaps, methinks.

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So, my one month blogiversary give away tassel is incomplete and late for which I apologize, but then you are late too. Despite Google Analytics telling me that there are about 100 of you who have visited the site more than 100 times (which is interesting because there's only about 60 blog postings), no one left a comment on the original blogiversary posting, so were it done I would have had to keep it in any case.

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pagoda knot In the news
At an event remembering the 228 incident in Taiwan, a ceremony involving a symbolic (and physical) knot did not go as planned when the participants were unable to untie the knot.
http://www.taipeitimes.com/News/front/archives/2009/03/01/2003437296
http://www.examiner.com/x-1969-Boston-Progressive-Examiner~y2009m3d1-Tai...

A not entirely clear image of the knot in question is included in this article:
http://www.chinareviewnews.com/doc/1009/0/0/5/100900529.html?coluid=7&ki...

The LA Times features a story about cooking with string. Knots are mentioned including The Ashley Book of Knots.
http://www.latimes.com/features/food/la-fo-twine4-2009mar04,0,7069849.story

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