As soon as I saw it I KNEW I needed to speak with him! Through the magic of the internet, I bring you this:
A skein of yarnA hammockGernboken's real name is Sean, and he's been knitting off and on since the winter of 2007. He is lucky enough to be from Moultonborough, NH, so he can shop at the brick and mortar location of Pattern Works.Sean started knitting the hammock out of necessity. He and his wife purchased a nylon camping hammock that rolled up into a ball, but it was left outside all winter, and suffered from the elements. Rather than forking over around $200 for a new hammock, he decided to try to make it himself. Many of his crazy crafting ideas come from asking "I wonder if I could make..." And a knitted hammock was born.
There aren't any patterns out there for this sort of thing, so it was all trial and error. He started with a giant circular needle, made with 2 pieces of dowel, some eye bolts and a piece of nylon rope in between. After realizing this would be unnecessary, he continued on with "regular" straight needles.
After knitting and frogging a few times, he's still in the trial and error stage. More updates will follow!
Being male in the knitting has always seemed to me like something that would bring a lot of attention. Turns out I am somewhat right about that. As Sean says, single guys should all take up knitting, "Knitting in public is second only to having a puppy if you want random women to come over and start talking to you. Of course a lot of them are pretty old. Maybe stick with puppies."
In addition to knitting, Sean draws and writes, has sculptures in the works, and would like to start working with polymer clay. He and his step father also brew hard cider, which, in my mind, is a craft, and the end results are probably more fun than a knitted scarf.
Sean does warn that knitting a hammock may not be as cost effective as he initially thought. A friend told him that knitting is a cheap form of entertainment, but if you're "in it for the sweaters, it's cheaper just to buy one"
Thank you so much for the interview, Sean!