Odd variant on a soft shackle
Following on the excess of splicing and knotting I did this weekend, I started thinking about the potential of a variation on the soft shackle, where one or both of the tails are excessively long and form whoopie slings (so the soft shackle replaces the locked brummel/fixed eye).
It's difficult for me to articulate exactly why I find this idea compelling, but for some reason it just... seems cool. Problems that immediately spring to mind: since the tension would pull directly on the diamond knot in the end of the shackle, the shackle would collapse very tightly around whatever it was attached to; and it's less versatile than a simple larksheaded loop using a fixed eye, because it has a fixed maximum diameter.
I guess I'm hoping for someone to tell me this is a dumb idea (and why), because otherwise I may just go make one :D