With the recent onset of spring, I have been unexpectedly gripped with kite mania. My first attempt this year was made from some rather thinnish dowel rods, christmas wrapping paper (gold with big red balls on it), lots of clear packing tape and some 12# fishing line, and a cut up garbage bag for the tail. It worked. We flew that kite (we have the perfect spot at the park about half a block from our house) for a good long while several days ago before it was ruined in the rain. When it got wet and came down, it hit a fence and one of the thin dowel rods snapped.
I thought the kids would be more demanding about getting time to hold the line, and they were to some extent, but ultimately they found more joy in running around under the kite yelling things like "code yellow" or "code red" whenever the kite dips and swayed below certain landmarks they had determined amongst themselves to be significant. They called themselves the Kite Tracking Squad. It's nice they had fun, and I didn't have to share as much as I might have....he he he.
Kite attempt number two was yesterday. I rummaged around to see if we had any more dowel rods lying about and found one. I re-used the previously used thinner one as the cross piece and the bigger, slightly heavier one was the long part. This was a much bigger kite. I called it the monster. Consequently, it snapped the 12# fishing line as soon as I attempted lift off. Home again, disappointed.
So, last night I went and got some 30# line. Also found, some dollar-a-yard fabric and I'm going to do THE MONSTER up right. She will be fabric. She will FLY! And she will be PINK with RED FLOWERS! Aaaaack! Only me. I know. It will be a very nerdy looking kite. But how COOL is that?
I briefly considered wearing the Amelia Earhart hat while flying the kite....in public. My kids thought that was a great idea, but I don't really want social services mistaking me for a crazy person and getting involved in my life in unpleasant ways. And besides, my daughter took that hat to school for "crazy hat day", today. This will help me control my weirdo urges.
Well, once MONSTER is done, I'll try to post a picture. She won't be THAT big, but the fabric looks like something I would wear if left to my own un-fashion devices. Hope the 30# line is strong enough.