In the corner pocket…

I know, I know. I started the macrame pocket nets for my cousin Mark’s antique pool table around the first of the year and they’re not done yet. The nets need to be perfect, so I don’t want to rush the job.

The actual knotting doesn’t take that long, it just gets tedious working around and around and around for more than a couple hours at a time. When you get bored, mistakes can be made — something I’m trying to avoid.

The initial hurdles were figuring out the right approach and making the first prototype net. It was a little short, so I added four rows when making the first and second pockets this spring. That’s about the time Mark’s wife, Mary, suggested the side and corner pockets might not be exactly the same sizes. Since the first nets were based on a side pocket, all work halted until I had a corner net to look at.

A pocketless pool table is a sad sight, indeed.

In June Mark dropped off a corner net (when passing through town on his way to the annual Corvette rally). That was days before the seemingly endless heatwave brought us way too many days of 100+ temperatures. Sorry, but even with a functioning air conditioner there’s no way I’m working with wool when it’s that hot, so I waited for the heat to break.

Another delay came when a bad bout of eczema hit my hands shortly after I started the corner net prototype. Once my skin started healing I was able to work a couple rounds a day. I finally finished the corner net prototype a couple weeks ago and turned it over to Mark the other day. It’s only slightly different from the side nets; the top edge is simply one knot wider – six knots instead of five. (I literally counted each and every knot on the old net to make sure the decreases matched perfectly, so I’m hopeful.)

Cross your fingers it fits. If so, only three more to go!

If there’s enough of the Lamb’s Pride worsted yarn (85% wool, 15% mohair, color M172, “Deep Pine”) left once the nets are done, maybe I can make another pool table accessory for Mark. Suggestions, anyone?

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About Paula Hendrickson

I'm a full-time freelance writer with an addiction to yarn, cooking and all kinds of crafty things. I come from a long line of creative and entrepreneurial types on both sides of the family, making creativity almost like competitive pursuit.

Posted on August 30, 2012, in Family, heirlooms, macrame, pocket nets, Pool Table and tagged , , , , , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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