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Janet Harriett is a writer and editor, random crafter, and lover of all things penguin. She had some crazy times as the senior editor of Apex Publications.

The Macrame Project

Deciding that "Get a hobby" was not specific enough, I adopted the expression "take up macrame." Then I figured why not? — just because I'd never seen it done and had no knowledge of what macrame even was beyond a vague notion of owls and plant hangers, that's no reason not to teach myself a new craft. So I'm learning macrame, and blogging the experience.

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Sunday
Oct162016

So, WTF Have I Gotten Myself Into?

Step 1 in this adventure of learning macrame is to figure out exactly what I have committed to learn. My acquaintance with macrame is limited to knowing that it exists as a craft form, and that you can make plant hangers out of it. My grandmother had an owl wall hanging that I think was macrame. The eyes were wooden beads, and I recall it being vaguely unsettling. So, off to Wikipedia:

Macramé or macrame is a form of textile-making using knotting rather than weaving or knitting.

Well, this is off to an auspicious start for someone who has spent 30 years unable to keep her shoes tied for more than three hours at a stretch.

Most friendship bracelets exchanged among schoolchildren and teens are created using this method.

Fabulous. I sucked at friendship bracelets, too, and that did not make elementary school go any easier. But, looking for a bright side here, at that age I also hadn't quite gotten the knack of crochet either, and now I'm a wizard with a J hook. So there is hope. And a lot of knots in my future.

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