Natural, Thin, Strong, and Colorful. Or: Twine, Uses For

You may ask: “Why twine?”

I used to be under the opinion that one should be able to change the name of their blog whenever one felt a spurt of growth or a change in life. It happened to be under a longer version of this name when I created this WordPress account to use as a back-up from LiveJournal.

But why did I pick twine in the first place? I’m a occasionally crafty person, so years ago, someone gave me three sets of twine with a craft set for a Christmas present. Different colored bundles: red, teal, and light brown. And a few years later, I found I had used it all. So I bought a spool of non-dyed, natural twine and continued to find uses for it.

I find all sorts of uses for this blog, too. I write on all sorts of topics and all of them are connected naturally by a strong but thin line: twine. I’m thin but strong, and I try really hard to be natural. Twine fits.

If you’re looking for uses for twine, I’ve done the work for you. Here’s the appropriately very short Wiki article on it. To its list of uses, I add:

  • A belt for a baby. Especially a slender baby who has a pair of jeans with belt loops that his grandma bought for him and that his dad really wants him to wear.
  • The final step before baking cinnamon rolls. Twine is perfect for cutting the large roll into smaller rolls that can be baked.
  • A zipper pull. Specifically, getting rid of a logo or a company name and replacing it with something simpler. A small piece of twine into the hole of a zipper pull and then knotted makes the product that has thousands of duplicates suddenly yours.
  • Wrapping presents. Actually wrapping them, not putting them in a gift bag, which should only be reserved for things that are extremely hard to wrap with paper. Twine on the right wrapping paper is not country-looking or cutesy, but just right.
  • Packaging sandwiches. I came across the idea (somewhere here in the vast Internet) of wrapping sandwiches with wax paper and tying with twine instead of using plastic bags.

Also related to twine among the Internets: I love this shop called Twine. There’s a social-media/bookmarking site that’s invite-only and in the beta stages called Twine. Here is one cool product among thousands of twine results on Etsy.

And, naturally, there are lots of Largest Balls of Twine–but I’ll let you search for those yourself.

World's Largest Twine Ball (Detail 5) by Mykl Roventine

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About The Original Kate

Along with artistic tendencies, Kate enjoys unusual people and is constantly striving for some sort of nonconformity. Kate offers a perspective that is thoughtful but well-written and full of images within the words. Other tidbits that might intrigue: she has very long auburn hair, and, you guessed it, her favorite color is orange.

Posted on March 31, 2011, in From Moss-Lined Oregon and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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