Well, my new brakes came in, but I haven't put them on yet, or even really thought about it. Nope, I've been spending most of my time in front of my sewing machine, with that pile of raw materials from the last post. It was definitely time well spent, because I have a sweet new hammock, that has all the features I want.
It's made out of two layers of 1.1oz ripstop nylon, which is very thin and soft, but plenty strong. It's suspended to the trees with whoopie slings (I'll detail those in another post maybe), connected to tree straps and toggles. There's an opening in between the two layers so I can slip a sleeping pad in there if I want, until I make an underquilt. The no-seeum bug netting is attached to the body with zippers along both sides. One side, the "back side," has one zipper pull unzipping from the top and stopping at the bottom. The front side has three pulls, so you can use the double pulls for entry and exit, and the third one unzips the full length to the bottom like the other side. This allows for a lot of versatility with the bug netting. And when it's zipped all the way down, there is a small stuff sack in the "peak" of the foot end that the net can go into so it's out of the way.
This was my first ever DIY sewing project. Hell, I just learned how to use the sewing machine a couple weeks ago. I'm obviously really happy with how it turned out.
On to the pics:
Off to Cincy for the holiday weekend. No time to do anything except run around and see people. But when we get back, the riding is back on. Seriously.