Wednesday, October 19, 2011
The Rope Recycle Project started very organically about a year or two ago when it came time to retire my first rope. I was faced with the conundrum of throwing something totally non-biodegradable in a landfill or carting the thing around forever in the limited space of my economy car out of which I was living. Both options seemed lame. And lets face it; I was mildly emotionally attached to the line that had held my first real whipper. “What can I DO with old rope?” was the question haunting my practical mind. I was reminded of the scrap rugs some of my elder family members had made, and I ran with it! The technique came to me easily having been raised in the homey Wisconsin traditions of 4H, basket weaving, and yarn crafts. Before long friends started giving me their lines to weave up for them and my weaving was traded for homemade knits, produce, a clarinet, massages, couch-crashing, music, and even a Las Vegas oil-change.