Knowing how to tie knots is useful and practical, and it is fun! Each knot has a specific task. Some may need to hold tight, others are required to slip. If a rope were to break, it would happen at the knot because the integrity of the material has been weakened through bending, twisting or chafing. Repetitive knotting, using primarily square knots, half hitches and full hitches, is a textile form known as macramé.
Sandy: I remember learning how to tie different knots in Girl Scouts. The sheepshank is a good knot to know if a rope is damaged and can’t be relied upon. The damaged part can be incorporated in the sheepshank and as long as there is tension on the rope, it will hold well.
Kelly: I drew the Turk’s Head Knot (seafarers’ knot) used mostly for ornamental purposes today, this old seafarers’ knot can be formed around a handle for identification and to give a grip.
Sandy’s year long journey – going from being a right-hander to left-hander, and Kelly’s parallel trip as a left-hander doing things as a right-hander.