Nice work on the DIY gears. I'm kinda in the opposite boat as you since I've made a gathered end hammock, tarp, and finished and underquilt from underquilts.com for my girlfriend. I got hammock stuff for xmas and bday so I didn't need to make my own. I'm really starting to think about making a light weight bridge hammock for myself.
It's def time consuming!! I'll be glad when I'm done and can just use the gear!