So. It all started with the Clark NX-150 i've had for all of like four weeks.
The boyfriend was laughing about my new obsession and how rediculous camping in a hammock was. I convinced him to at least try it out. So he climbed in to my hammock and got all situated in the sleeping bag. He was converted and asked if I could make him a super light-weight one. Which I've did.
I made it out of some 1.1oz i go off the web, it was just a gathered end taken directly from Knotty's stickied thread above. It is super light weight and he loves it.
I had bought the clark for some bicycle tours and I wanna have something more lightweight for some hiking, so I'm gonna make one. Well I convinced dad to stop at the fabric store while we were out and about yesterday.
We go into a Hancock Fabricks and look at what hey have. There was a digital camo ripstop with a blackout side for $7.99/yd. I almost jumped on it until I did a little tug test and it felt like it had some stretch to it I may go back to get a yard just to test out the durability... They had the basic assortment of primary colours.
So we left there and headed over to the JoAnn right across the street. I walk in, it's busy and this nice older lady around 65-ish asks if she can help us find anything. (obviously two bald-headed guys, my dad wearing a camo coat, and me in jeans and a leather jacket gave us away) "Well I'm looking for some ripstop nylon."
And i've read the oher threads about people's bad experiences with dealing with people so I had come prepared for an argument LOL. While she's walking us to the spot "What're you planning on making?"
I tell her I'm making a hammock
"oh how fun!...." she points out the section "well lets see is this for camping or for leaving outside... If you're leaving it outside you don't want nylon you know that right?" I nod "Well how much were you looking for? I think maybe 11 feet for your length so you have enough room for the edging." I nod "Now I know A lot of hikers like the really lightweight stuff but we only carry this regular stuff here i think it's just at 2 ounces a yard."
"1.9?" I ask
"oh yes that the weight, if you want the lightweight you'd have to go online i think! If you want to make it easy just fold in the sides and run three rows of stitching. then the ends to leave enough for your rope to go through. Tie it up on itself after bunching it like this... then trim the rope. You following sweety?" I nod smiling "then all you have to do is take the rope that goes to the tree and tie it right behind that first knot! easy peasey don't you think?"
I had to laugh "that's actually how I was planning on making it"
"ah! perfect well maybe you know more than me sweety! hollar if you need any more help" LOL
I'll be going back to hancock though because their prices for plain ripstop was $4.99