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What I Craft When I Can’t Focus

Filed under: Knitting,Papercraft,Spinning — folkcat at 4:04 pm on Tuesday, May 8, 2007

I know, I said I couldn’t focus last week and I didn’t craft much. Just remember, much in this case is a relative term. Since I normally craft a lot, the amount of crafting you’re about to see counts as not much to me.

Friday evening, I assembled the papercraft Maneki Neko that I had cut out the week before. Like my previous Maneki Neko, this came from the Canon 3-D papercraft site.

The Maneki Neko I made before was seated, with left paw raised. Canon describes it as “beckoning people” – as in customers into a retail business. It wears a medallion with symbols for “good fortune” and “happiness”.

The new Maneki Neko is described as “beckoning for money“. Sounded like a good thing for our current situation! This one has the right paw raised. The left paw holds a large medallion with a symbol meaning “Ten Million Coins”.

Papercraft FO - Money Maneki Neko

I’ll admit it, I’m a little superstitious about these things. I believe in good luck symbols, if only as a means of focusing your intent on your needs and desires. In this case, I think we got results. Gryphon made an appointment for a job interview the Monday after I cut the pieces out; he had the interview last Friday afternoon; I assembled the Maneki Neko that night; and Monday he was offered the job.

Coincidence? Perhaps. Even if I discount any magical benefits the Maneki Neko may have provided, however, I can’t escape the fact that I spent a number of enjoyable hours building it, and we will continue to enjoy it as a decoration in our home. Win-win!

Last September, I purchased 6 oz. of hand-dyed Merino roving from Michelle, fiber artist and owner of the Dublin General Store in Dublin, NH. As a reminder, here’s what it looked like all spread out.

Rainbow Colored Roving

As a mindless task for my overtasked brain this weekend, I began pre-drafting this. First, I fluffed and spread the rope itself until it was a loose bat at least a foot wide. Then, I gently bunched it back into a rope, and began drafting the end out into a long, skinny roving ready for spinning.

The idea here is to keep the color runs as long as I can, and to have the fibers ready for easily spinning a thin yarn. I’ve learned now how long that takes – it’s been several hours of work over the entire weekend to get me to this point:

SIP - Rainbow Merino Roving

Just about a foot more to pre-draft. Then I’ll re-wind this and try to divide it into two equal balls. I don’t know if I’ll attempt to learn chained plying with this to keep the colors pure, or if I’ll just say the heck with it and 2-ply it. Either way, I think my bobbins will only hold about half of this anyhow, so it’s divide and conquer.

Finally, here’s a project that went from idea to object since Thursday. A friend who will be retiring one day to Costa Rica with her husband is having a birthday, and I decided she needs a nice sunhat.

Since it’s unlikely I’ll find a worthy sunhat in any stores around here – and at a price I can afford – I decided to re-style a gently used hat of my own. This is a genuine Shady Brady, purchased nearly unused at least a decade ago at a thrift store, and which I have barely ever used myself. It will hold up to anything at all. The size is Large, and I’m not sure what size hat my friend needs, but it does have a leather chin strap, so fingers crossed that it’ll work!

To make it truly her own, I decided to knit a lace hatband for the otherwise unadorned hat. My friend likes bright colors and pink – a little stash-diving turned up this TLC Baby yarn in the color “Fizzy Print”. Size 6 needles (Bryspun 12″ straights, I think) got a nice look to the stitches.

Cowry Center Lace Hatband

The pattern is one of several that can be found here. Scroll down to the third one, called Suzanne’s Cowry Center – that’s what I made. I picked the shell theme because she’ll be living near the beach in Costa Rica, and has already brought shells back from previous trips.

Cowry Center Lace Detail

I made sure to knit a little shorter than the actual measurement around the hat, because I knew it would stretch. The strip had a small tendency to curl, which was squelched with a good steam blocking. I whipstitched the ends together on the wrong side. Once I had the band in place, I took four extra lengths of yarn, and stitched each through a single point to tack the band on, tying the ends in a simple square knot on the inside.

Besides these projects, I also worked on Gryphon’s socks – I should be able to finish those Thursday night at Knitting at Panera, I’m that close. And I’m working on another fiber-related project that I will be able to show after the weekend. This one’s kind of fun – it’s a technique I unvented myself. Minimal materials, versatile technique, and great results. Stay tuned!

So, that’s the crafting that happens on a bad week here. I know, I know. But just think what I could have done if I’d felt better!

Distraction Therapy

Filed under: Crafting Miscellany,Knitting,Papercraft,Sewing,Stitchery — folkcat at 1:52 pm on Monday, April 30, 2007

I’m just so tired and crappy feeling these days. Is it the stress of wondering if Gryphon will find a part-time job soon enough to count? Have we had some low-level bug pass through us? (Our bathroom habits this weekend would suggest that’s a possibility!) Is there a general malaise in Southern NH in the wake of floods, college shootings, and other miserable events dominating the news?

I’ve somehow managed to continue being productive, in spite of it all. Crafting helps to distract me from the aches and pains. The sad thing is that I have to lift my consciousness out of the creative process now and then, if only to eat and sleep. It’s at those moments that my brain has time to notice that I feel like hell.

Truthfully, I’m not too worried about it. I know that whatever it is, it will pass. And with good progress on a number of crafts, it’s hard to feel impaired by anything.

For instance, since Friday I have:

  • Cut out all the pieces for another 8 to 9 inch tall Maneki Neko papercraft model. The new one will be a different pose than the one pictured at that link, with a medallion focusing on wishing for money.
  • Stitched the stems of the vines along the sides of a path on the miniature knotted rug.NIP - Mini Knotted Rug, First Vines
  • Worked several inches of foot, the short-row heel, and a couple inches of leg on Gryphon’s Socks, Pair Two, Sock Two.
    WIP - Gryphon's Socks, Pair 2, Sock 2, Into the Leg
  • Knit the Nearly Endless Edging as far as the center of my Carnival Glass Shawl. I put it down at this point because the next step involves changing which rows attach to the live stitches for a few repeats.
    WIP - Carnival Glass Shawl, Edging to Center Point
  • Sewed a complete dogbone pillow for Gryphon. He was so taken with mine, and went shopping in my fabric stash to see if anything appealed to him. What he came up with was a discontinued Egyptian print fabric from Jo-Ann’s. Being my second dogbone, this one stitched up in no time, and Gryphon got a better made pillow than I did. (Pictures later – he’s taking a nap before work, and the pillow is in use!)
  • And I have officially turned over the rest of my portion of the PixelHobby craft to Gryphon. He’s just enjoying it too darned much, and he has precious few crafts that appeal to him the way this does. It’s not like I don’t have other things I can be working on, after all!PIP - PixelHobby, 5 done, 7 to go

You see? It’s hard to find time to feel crappy when you’re doing all this. At least the time spent feeling achy and tired is far outweighed by the time I spend successfully distracting myself from it! So, I’m planning to continue this course of distraction therapy. One day soon, I’m sure I’ll be surprised at how much better my body feels when I get up from my crafting.

Knit One, Purl Two, Rip Gazillion, Try Again

Filed under: Daily Life,Knitting,Papercraft — folkcat at 12:11 pm on Friday, April 13, 2007

Yeah, I made knitting progress yesterday, on Knitting Day. I shudder to think about how much progress I could have made, though.

I did four more repeats on the edging to my eternal Carnival Glass Shawl. I never believed all those bloggers who talked about edging hell, endless edgings, etc., until I started knitting one of my own. Maybe it’s the turning the work so often. Maybe it’s such a simple pattern repeat, with no variation. Whatever it is, it seems an interminable amount of work to produce the knitted on edging to this shawl.

Still, progress was made, and will continue each time I work on it. At this rate, I’ll have the FO to show you in a few years.

Better progress was made on Gryphon’s latest sock – Sock One, Pair Two. I picked it up last night about an inch short of doing the short row heel. Made it as far as knitting most of the heel, including working back through the short rows on the far side of the heel.

That’s when disaster struck. A slip of a needle caused some wrapped stitches, along with their markers, to drop, and I wasn’t able to pick them up adequately. Heck, I couldn’t even find where they were, as they seemed to have vanished into the edge of the knitting.

There was nothing for it but to yank out the entire heel and begin over. Which, muttering under my breath, I did.

By the time Gryphon got home after midnight, I had not yet knit as far as I’d gotten the heel before, but I’d made it most of the way there.

WIP - Sock One, Pair Two for Gryphon, Turning the Heel

So there it sits on my untidy desk, with the heel about 2/3 done. Progress, yes, but if the heel hadn’t failed me the first time, I’d be at least an inch up the leg now.

Foo.

Today, it’s P-Day. I think I’ll pick out a Papercraft project to cut out…I’ll let you know which one on Monday.

Which reminds me – we’re expecting another nasty storm on Sunday and Monday. Another nasty WINTER storm. Apparently, the Boston Marathon may be cancelled if the weather is bad enough. We’ll just have to wait and see.

Me, I wish Mother Nature would get a new battery for her Palm and get back on schedule. No offense, Ma, but you’re dropping the ball a bit these days.

What I Did Wednesday

Filed under: Knitting,Papercraft,Stitchery — folkcat at 1:18 pm on Thursday, February 22, 2007

No time for fancy story telling today. Thursday is always full of errands, and then, of course, going out all evening for Knitting Around at Panera.

So I’ll just tell you, quickly and simply, What I Did Wednesday.

Pajama Day

I had no need to go out anywhere, so I decided to take a personal Pajama Day, just relax at home, crafting and watching TV.

Mindless TV

My brain was a little fried on the concept of following complex plots, though, so I worked through a pile of The People’s Court episodes I had stacked up in Tivo, then I watched an America’s Funniest Videos, and the two-hour American Idol sing-off for the twelve women. Kept it simple, kept it interesting enough to count, but kept my brain from feeling too slow to keep up.

Stitchery

People’s Court makes for good stitching time, since you don’t have to look at the screen every minute. So I did some work on the miniature knotted rug.

Needlework in Progress: Knotted Rug, Center Border

I’ve now completed the background behind the mice at the center, and have worked about a third of the border around that medallion. Once I finish that, I’ll be stitching the vines up the sides of the four stone paths.

Papercraft

People’s Court is also good paper cutting time, so I scored and cut out the pieces for another small papercraft project.

Papercraft in Progress: Card Boy

He’s called CardBoy, and he’s a desk calendar disguised as either a robot or a space boy – I’m not sure which. It was a limited time free offer from a business website online. Basically, he’s a box on a small body, and the months are on another box that fits inside his head. He’ll be a cute reference to keep by the computer.

Knitting, too

But I didn’t take a picture of it because, well, it’s about 4 more rows on the Carnival Glass Shawl border. Which is still stitching perfectly by using the one chart and mirroring it for the other side. So just go back to the last picture, and imagine the border as a little bit wider.

Today?

Payday for Gryphon, so, lots of errand running. Then, of course, knitting tonight at Panera, which means attention for the Log Cabin Blanket instead of the Carnival Glass Shawl. I mean, the shawl pattern is working for now, but I don’t think I want to risk finding another problem while I’m chatting in a noisy cafe…

Happy knitting, everyone!

Feeling Back to (Almost) Normal

Filed under: Knitting,Papercraft,Spinning — folkcat at 6:21 pm on Wednesday, January 31, 2007

Yesterday afternoon I pulled out another craft I enjoy, but haven’t done very recently – Papercraft.

The project of the day was my first mechanical papercraft. It comes from a company in England called Flying Pig – their specialty in the papercraft world is animated papercraft models. Most of their items are available for purchase only, but they have a few free downloads, of which one is this Agreeable Sheep:

Papercraft FO: Agreeable Sheep

Appropriate for a papercrafter who’s also a knitter, don’t you think? Standing only about five inches tall, this is, indeed, entirely made of card stock. I printed the project some time ago, and yesterday, I cut and assembled it.

Being only my third papercraft, my gluing skills are still under development. You can see a big blotch at the bottom right of the model, just below the crank, where I got a smear on the outside. Even so, this was a very simple project to put together.

The real amusement comes when you work the animation, though. Turn the crank on the side, and the sheep nods his head up and down, agreeing with anything you say. It’s the ultimate yes-sheep! If you go to the download page here, you’ll also see a little animated graphic showing the motion.

Knitting and Spinning

I continue to work on the fingerless mitts from my own handspun that I spoke of yesterday. The good news is that each half of the yarn is enough to knit an entire mitt, so I won’t have to add in any extra! I should have these finished in just a day or two – I’ll post pictures then.

And today, for the first time since before I got so sick last week, I sat down at ‘Zzy-‘Zzy and spun some more of the red/pink variegated merino roving I’ve been working on. It’s coming along well – I have about one ounce more to spin before I can ply the two singles together.

Spinning in Progress: Red Roving

Other Projects

Many moons ago (like, a year ago this past Christmas), I knit some felted catnip mice from my own pattern. I said at the time that I’d share it on the blog one day, and you know, I’ve been very bad about that – the pattern has sat idle all this time, without being refined into a finished work.

I’ve had a request or two for it recently, and I’m going to make a promise that I’ll work on getting it ready for primetime. What I won’t do is promise a specific deadline for completion – those always seem to blow up on me. But if a few weeks pass and you haven’t seen me post it yet, feel free to call me on it in comments or e-mail!

I haven’t had a request for the Barefoot Diva Sock pattern, which I also suggested I would make available some day – for purchase, probably, not as a freebie. But when I knit the last pair, I had to acknowledge to myself that differences in gauge between different sock yarns and needle choices add more complications than I think I can reasonably accommodate in a written pattern. So I’m going to officially state here that, though I’ll be glad to offer a general description of how I approach the creation of toe-less, heel-less, socks, we shouldn’t expect to see a formally written pattern for them.

A reader last week asked me for an opinion on how to work a cast-on at the end of a row of knitting. My Barefoot Diva Socks and my Freedom Mitts both have openings created by binding off several stitches, then at some point later, casting new ones on and continuing to work in the round. This is similar enough to the reader’s query that I have taken a series of pictures showing my technique for this casting-on in the middle of knitting. I plan to post an illustrated tutorial showing how I, at least, do it, either later this week, or early next.

Whew!

I think that’s enough for now. Besides, there’s lots of stuff there that I won’t be able to blog about – unless I stop blogging and start doing. So let me just say, thanks to everyone for your great comments, questions, and suggestions. You’re what make this blogging thing worthwhile!

Voila!

Filed under: Papercraft — folkcat at 1:03 pm on Wednesday, September 27, 2006

Finished Maneki Neko!
Finished!

Model: Free, Lucky Cat (Beckoning People) from Canon Creative Park
Height: About ten inches
Skill Level: Intermediate. Yeah, maybe I should have picked an easier piece for my first one. But, well – I had to do a piece I loved, and I do love my Maneki Nekos! Plus, I’ve never been shy of reaching a little on the far side…
Time to Complete: Unknown – but it was several hours even just to cut out the pieces. Expect to do this in several sessions.

Mag EyesNotes: Papercrafting starts with the cutting – if your cut edges aren’t precise, the pieces won’t come together well in the finished product. Use good scissors, and if you need them, magnifying glasses or a pair of Mag-Eyes so you can see well enough to cut precisely on the edges of the shapes. If needed, use a craft knife to cut into sharp inside angles – of which there are a lot.

You’ll find dotted and dashed lines on your papercraft. These are crease lines. Don’t ignore these! Use a straight edge and a fine-tip embossing tool – or something else with a dull point – to mark these with an embossed crease line before folding. They’re there to make sure you have a good sharp edge in that area, and your piece won’t look the same if you simply fold by hand without creasing.

Use a good white glue – I used Aleene’s Tacky Glue. You won’t need a lot. I used a two-compartment porcelain sauce dish that I’d bought at Target for $1 as my glue dish. I put a small dab of glue in one side, and kept a small amount of water in the other. Cheap, plastic-handled children’s paint brushes served as my applicators. I always used the brush wet, and blended the water in with the glue a little before brushing it onto the tabs of the paper.

A piece with tabs that will be glued to another part of itself may have the tabs numbered to show which order to glue them in. Pay attention to that, it works! When glueing two separate parts together, however, they may not be numbered. Dry fit the pieces to see how they fit with each other before doing any gluing – you should be able to decide on a sequence, or see if you need to apply glue to all the tabs involved at once before putting the parts together.

Take your time, and be willing to consider your first project a practice piece. Odds are, no matter how carefully you work, until you’ve practiced this a bit you’ll make some mistakes. I did! My Maneki Neko looks pretty good in the picture above, but I’m painfully aware of all the spots where:

Sloppy Glue Work
My gluing was a little sloppy (along the line in the center) and a little water spilled in my work area (water spot at the bottom left):

Mismatched Ear Sections
I didn’t get print edges to meet well enough before the glue dried: or,

Misplaced Arm Tab
I didn’t get the tab folded and placed exactly right.

There were also a few too many spots where, while putting the tabs together, I got glue on my fingers and then got a dirty smudge somewhere on the cat. But no matter how sloppily some pieces go together, the whole sculpture will look okay from a distance.

Don’t get me wrong

Mind you, I know I did a good job for my very first 3-d papercraft piece. So even though I’m pointing out all the mistakes I made, I am very pleased with the results. And I know better now what to watch out for when I make my next piece.

Meanwhile, I need to figure out where this sizable Maneki Neko – now the largest in my collection – is going to sit.

Maneki Neko Paper Sculpture
Hey, you! I gotcher Good Fortune right here!

And then, I have to decide what my next papercraft sculpture will be. Hmmm………

Stray Bits Tuesday

Filed under: Daily Life,Knitting,Papercraft,Rats!,Spinning — folkcat at 11:41 am on Tuesday, September 26, 2006

Something’s working right. Maybe it’s the fact that on Sunday, we finally sealed all the edges of the plastic around the gaping hole in our bathroom. But yesterday, I began to feel an abatement of the asthma symptoms for the first time since the hole was put there.

This led to a functional enough day that I almost felt normal by the end of it. I crafted, I cleaned and organized. I even did a few dishes, which Gryphon will testify is so far outside my normal behaviors it’s almost a signal of massive illness itself.

Today’s off to a good start. Aside from a little morning coughing to clear some of the overnight crud, I’m doing okay.

This post will be a bit disjointed – I have extra errands to run today, so there’s limited time to pull a coherent theme together. Unless maybe the theme is Stray Bits.

Papercraft

Papercraft In Progress - Maneki Neko
Paper Body Parts

It’s been a couple of months since I completed the head of my first papercraft sculpture, Maneki Neko. Yesterday I finally strip-mined my craft table down to a working surface, and assembled a few more body parts. The feet at the front weren’t too bad to put together, but the arm behind them is a very complex, multi-bend tubular shape made of only two flat components. Some of the tabs were in such nearly inaccessible spots inside the structure that I sort of glued, folded, and hoped that they would hold.

They did.

Knitting

I did some knitting, but mostly more of the type where a photo wouldn’t show any noticeable progress. So I’m not going to waste bandwidth on one.

I can attest that I’m satisfied with progress on what I worked on, though.

Spindles

Didn’t do anything really new with my spindles, except to get them hung up again. But the way I’m storing them is sort of interesting, so here’s a picture.

String O'Spindles
String O’ Spindles

The lamp is one that my Aunt Ann made, oh, forever ago. She is another of the crafty types in my family. She had a phase where she was using a torch and institutional size tin cans to make these great wrought iron looking lamps. She even entered a contest for crafts done with cans, and won the $1,000 grand prize – considering this was in the 70’s, that was a large amount!

I have two of these lamps hanging in my living room/studio, and I use the chains to dangle little tchotchkes from. It’s what I do instead of hanging them in the window like suncatchers – given our downtown location, our curtains don’t get opened much due to privacy issues.

When I suddenly had an accumulation of spindles with hooks on the end, I learned how annoying it can be to try to store them. And then I looked up, and realized the answer was right above my head.

Rattie Pic of the Day

We know by now that Star and Sable love, well, eating. Especially anything that Mom or Dad eats.

Star and Sable Like Cottage Cheese
Yum!

Mom had a dish of cottage cheese the other day, and the girls got to lick it afterwards. Happy Ratties!

Bring Me The Head of Maneki-Neko; and, Sweaters for the Frog Pond

Filed under: Knitting,Papercraft,Thrifty Shopping — folkcat at 3:51 pm on Monday, July 24, 2006

A little while ago, I posted a picture of a small pile of mysteriously-shaped pieces of cutout paper, with a promise that you’d learn more eventually.

Eventually has arrived! I’ve been working on a new-to-me craft, 3-D Paper Models. There are projects all over the web that you can download for free. You print them out on cardstock on your home inkjet printer, and then follow the instructions to cut and glue them together to create sculptural models.

Some are very simple, and some are quite complex. Disney A Disney Fan* recently came out with an impressive, 18.5 inch tall, 22 inch long model of the ship Wicked Wench as a promotional item for the new Pirates of the Caribbean film., based on the ride.* The instructions alone are 16 pages long!

For my first project, I didn’t choose the easiest one, but I stayed away from the hardest as well. This rendition of a Japanese Maneki-Neko (a legendary beckoning cat said to bring good fortune) can be found at the Canon Creative Park website. (They also offer many realistic animal models, some scientific models and dioramas, and a number of holiday decorations.)

Paper Model: Maneki-Neko Head

Obviously, I’ve still got a ways to go before this is complete. But I’m feeling a good sense of accomplishment even from just finishing the head. And I’m endlessly fascinated with the process that must be involved to design such a project – turning flat, 2-dimensional cardstock into a nicely rendered 3-d sculpture.

* Edited 8-9-06 to correct: Based on a comment from a reader, Mikey (Thanks, Mikey!), it’s been pointed out that the ship model wasn’t an official Disney release, but rather the creation of a Disney fan, and wasn’t a promotional item for the movie, but was based on the ride.

Disney fandom is a marvelous thing. There are many such talented folks involved who are creating objects so magnificent that it’s hard to remember they’re not the product of the Disney corporation itself!

More Thrifty Finds

I promised on Saturday to show you the six great sweaters I found at a thrift store that day. Since there are lots of pictures of sweaters and labels, I’ll put that after the jump for those who are genuinely interested. Read on!

(Read on …)

Yet Another Yard Sale Bonanza

Filed under: Beading - Confessions of a Chantraphile,Books,Fiction,Papercraft,Thrifty Shopping — folkcat at 12:39 pm on Monday, July 10, 2006

Yard saling started out slow on Saturday, but turned out to be big in the final analysis when we got all our goodies home and had a chance to really see what we had. But there are so many pictures, I’m going to put the yard sale portion of this post after the break.

Meanwhile, just to keep some intrigue on the front page, here’s a look at what went on at last Thursday night’s Knitting Around at Panera:

Judy Spins at Panera
Judy Spinning on her Majacraft Wheel

Blogless Judy brought her spinning wheel along, and we all watched in fascination as she worked! Normally, Judy would bring some knitting to work on, but this time she was hindered from knitting by this:

Judy with a Cast
Judy and a Cast of One

Yes, Judy broke her hand back in June, and can’t knit for now. But she figured out she can still operate power tools, and more importantly, she can spin. So that’s what she brought to work on.

Folkcat’s New Projects

And here’s a peek at a couple of new things I’ve taken on. I’ll just give you teaser photos of these, because they’re not far enough along to really look like anything yet.

BIP - The Pear
Beads on a Wooden Pear

But what will it be?

PIP - Maneki Neko
Paper and Scissors

And very strangely shaped pieces cut out.

You’ll learn more about both of these projects in the days and weeks to come. For the meantime, it’s enough to know that I’m enjoying what I’m doing with them – right?

And now, a whole cavalcade of photos and descriptions of the yard sale finds from this past weekend. Lots of yarn, including some special skeins. Take a look after the break!

(Read on …)

Paper is Fiber, Too!

Filed under: Crafting Miscellany,Papercraft,Retired - Folkcat's Fiber Crafts — folkcat at 10:28 pm on Wednesday, June 29, 2005

I recently got a Mizuhiki cord kit from Crafter’s Choice. For those who haven’t heard of it, Mizuhiki is a thin, strong paper cord made in Japan. It’s used to tie decorative knots for traditional ceremonial greetings, and I hear it’s also used by Sumo wrestlers to tie their hair!

The kit included 3 packages of Mizuhiki cords (10 36″ cords ea.), a booklet with instructions for a number of knots, and a roll of double-sided tape for adhering the knots to greeting cards, packages, barettes, etc.

Learning to tie Mizuhiki is for the patient, I found last night. It took me over an hour to create the two knots shown here:


Labor-intensive Knotting!

What you do, as a beginner, is you shape one cord into the form of the desired knot. Then you weave, one by one, additional cords into the same pattern, aligning them with the first as you go. It’s tricky to hold the loops in place at first, but the more cords you add, the better it looks and the better it holds together.


Clamshell Knot


Abalone Knot

The various knots seem to be named after seashells or flowers – at least those I’ve seen so far. I’m not sure how much more I’ll be able to do before exhausing the kit, though – these two knots alone used up 10 cords, about a third of those supplied.

I don’t think there’s any risk of Mizuhiki becoming a major technique for me. But I’m pleased I had the chance to get this kit inexpensively, and to introduce myself to yet another aspect of the Japanese art and culture I so admire.