Kites - Kiting
Kiting is a wonderful hobby that brings out the smaller and simpler things in life to give you a wonderful and enjoyable time. Kiting has so many different ways to engage you that you can actually spend a whole year with different kinds of kiting techniques and still not quite have scratched the surface. From making your own kites to flying them in different ways and even flying with them in some, this is one hobby that will never let you get bored.
Most people think that flying kites is restricted to grassy planes or, if you are from Asia, roof-tops of your homes. However, kites are so versatile, you can head out to the sea with a kite in hand, to the mountains or even head to the north pole powered by a kite. There are many different uses of kites and kiting isn't limited to a recreational activity alone. However, for the purpose of a hobby, this is the perfect way to spend those gorgeous spring and summer days out with the kids, having tonnes of fun as a family.
Getting into Kiting
Kiting is one of the cheapest and the easiest hobby to get into. All you need to do is buy yourself a kite, some thread and you are ready to go. Most kites come with a manual on how to tie the thread to it, which allows you to learn the technique on your own. You can even get together with friends or your family and each one ties their own kite before heading out. If you have a family picnic or a day by the beach, you are likely to be in an open space with plenty of open areas and nice breeze. Use your kite to catch the breeze and you're all set to send it off into the sky!
There aren't too many places where you can go wrong and that is what makes kiting so much fun for children and adults. It's easy to pick up and to add some variety to your hobby, all you need to do is pick up a kite in some other shape or some other colour and it's like starting from scratch.
Then, there are other forms of kiting that involve you in a much more aggressive way. When you are out on the waters, using the winds to go kite surfing, it is one of the most exhilarating ways to combine two incredible hobbies. Kiting and surfing is all about catching the waves and catching some air as well. When you go over a massive wave, the kite keeps you up longer and gives you the time you need to add more tricks to your repertoire.
If you live near the mountains, then kite-skiing is the snow-equivalent of kite surfing. You follow the same principles except that in this case, you are generally heading downhill. The best part about this form of kiting is that you don't even need a steep slope to do this. A gentle slope with decent wind will give you the propulsion you need to keep moving along.
Building your own Kite
If you are into kiting and love the concept of heading out there, especially if you have kids coming along, then you have to try building your own kite. The art of building a kite is almost as fascinating as flying one itself and you just cannot realise the excitement of flying the kite you built, without doing it once. The easiest kite to build is one that's made out of paper. You can start from these and head into the process of making serious fabric-based kites. If you are thinking about going into kite-surfing or kite-skiing, then you might want to consider fabric but buying one would be a lot less stressful than building one yourself.
Paper kites, on the other hand, are quite simple and easy to make. They can be made in all shapes and sizes with paper that is easily available in most craft or hobby stores. Once you have the paper, you need to create the structure of the kite and this is where the wood comes into the picture. You can colour the paper before you start off or just use some coloured paper from the beginning, to give your kite a better look.
Fold a square sheet of paper into half. Fold two of the outer edges from the same side and diagonally roll them in towards the spine, meeting each other a couple of inches below their perpendicular point on the spine. Staple these two together, through the spine. Now, get a hole-punching machine or tool and just punch through the kite, below the point where you just stapled the edges together. Once you have done that, just pass a thread through the hole, tie a tight knot without damaging the paper and you are all set to go kiting!
Whether you are spending time with your children or just giving yourself a special little treat after a hard working week, spending some time outdoors, kiting, is a fantastic way to do something useful with your time. An extremely therapeutic and relaxing hobby, once you go kiting, you are guaranteed to get hooked!