A bitt is a metal block with a cross pin found on piers for tying up lines from a ship. The expression, “hanging on to the bitter end”, is a rope worker’s term used when the end of the rope is tied off.
A Figure 8 know is one of the strongest knots, used as a non-slip loop at the end of a rope. To make a stopper know, do the figure 8 but don’t come back up through the bottom loop, instead the end of the rope sticks out of the bottom.
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.