Yesterday I took a break from my normal crafty activities to try to do Chinese knotting. My friend Mrs. Ochiai, lived in Taiwan for a few years and while she was there she learned how to do Chinese knotting which is a very much more complicated type of macrame. Mrs. Ochiai came back to Japan with loads and loads of spools of the special cording and different stone beads and offered to teach some of her friends and I took her up on her offer. This was a couple of years ago and I often went to her house and learned the different knotting techniques. She makes some gorgeous things and she taught both Leiya and me how to make necklaces, pendants, earrings, cell phone straps, bracelets etc. I have a lot of the lovely work in my drawer and at one time I knew how to make all kinds of knots. At one time... Everytime I learned a new knot I forgot how to make the old one! Sort of like learning how to put something on your blog one week and the next week you have absolutely no idea how you did it!
At the peak of my knotting days I made at least 20 of these little bracelets for Leiya and her friends and for my niece and her friends in California. A couple of weeks ago my niece e-mailed me and asked if I could make a purple bracelet for a new friend of hers so yesterday I got out my cording and spent quite a long time trying to recall how I'd made the fool things. Yeah! I did it! I got two made and I will take them with me when I go to California next month.