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The story of my new knot necklace

Knot necklace (worn) with text
This is the story about my new Knot Necklace.

In that delicious cruise-y limbo week between Christmas and New Year, my man decided he’d ‘help’ me out by pre-cutting a million lengths of rope for my Knot Necklaces, setting an expectation that I would spend my down time in this cruise-y limbo week between Christmas and New Year knotting a million knots. Bless.
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So with just a little bit of passive/aggressive harrumphing I started churning out knots.

I packed the million pre-cut lengths of rope with me for my week in the caravan park in the bush with Mum and Dad.
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Dad is a builder and we’ve had many phone chats about rope and knots and hardware stores. I’m pretty sure there were a few calls where he would have looked as bemused as he sounded when I told him what I was up to. And there’s no bigger cheerleader than my Mum, the original creative.
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One evening in the caravan, I was showing my Dad how I tied the knots. He gave one a try while I was making a cup of tea. He was quite proud of his ‘interpretation’ of my knot. I loved it! It was destined for the mood board (surely the mood board is the crafters version of a Pool Room!). It was a nice reminder of this lovely week shared with my parents. You see, as the eldest of four kids and leaving the family home to live interstate in a flat of my own just as I turned 19, there wasn’t much time spent with them on my own. So these weeks spent in the caravan just the 3 of us is more precious to me than anything.
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In the days that followed I mulled over Dad’s knot. It was beautiful. In one of those light-bulb moments, with just a bit of tweaking, I saw it as a necklace. It was perfect! If only he could remember how he did it! So between the 2 of us we fiddled and twisted and knotted and un-knotted until we figured it out. Hoorah! The birth of a new Knot Necklace!
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Celebrated as only a crafter would, by dragging my Dad around the garden to pose for an Instagram photo!

Lots and lots of tweaking and decision making later and I now have available online a new range in glorious new colours. Chambray, peach, smoke, tangerine, and (my favourite) terracotta.
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So that’s the story of my new Knot Necklace. Sometimes you can’t plan how these things come about, you’ve just got to go with the flow … and make a cup of tea!
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