Long mat

While the rest of the world (or so it seems) has cottoned on to cotton, I have become a dyed-in-the-wool fan of acrylic. To any yarn purists reading this I might apologise for mixing my metaphors. But not for mixing my fibres 🙂 My latest acquisition (thanks to Shana, who can’t actually use it herself…

Monkey’s first

Just tried a “monkey’s fist” knot.  This is the first one I’ve tried at this size and it had six passes (ie, I wound it six times round with each change of direction) and the inner core was a polystyrene sphere a couple of inches in diameter. The tying was easy enough, although I had…

Fobs, fobs, and more fobs

I have made a few colourful key fobs from time to time using a series of crown knots. Usually I tie them using four strands, but recently I went a bit mad and tied a six-strand crown knot sinnet. A bit fancy just for a couple of outhouse keys perhaps, but if you can’t give…

Better the dibber you know…

Doesn’t matter how old you are, you’re never too old to own a dibber. I acquired my first ever dibber only this week and I’m 1 years old (oh dear, I seem to have deleted the figure in the tens column but never mind eh? 🙂 ). Stranger still, I have a dibber and I’m…

Hurrah for rope!

It’s a long story so I’ll make it short. In rope terms that would mean using a sheepshank, which is just a quick way  to shorten a long piece of rope without cutting it. (More about sheepshanks soon; somebody stop me 🙂 ) So, keeping it short, as promised, basically we have a grocery delivery…

The knots of yore

If you get interested in knots, over and above simply the ones you need to tie your shoelaces, sooner or later you will want to delve into a few knotting books. Shana bought this old one last week.  Penned by a mysterious Commander J. Irving, it is a ‘completely revised and rewritten edition of J…

How I finally got my head around the Turk’s head

As a keen dabbler in the world of knots, I have long been intrigued by the intricate patterns of what are known as Turk’s Head knots. For a long time though, I just couldn’t get my head around even the simplest of them. One of the most basic Turk’s head knots of all is one…

All aboard the good ship Waffle

I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again: I am something of a dilettante. I dabble. Not only do I dabble, but I also tinker and potter and pootle. And eventually, occasionally, I actually get around to doing something. Frinstance and frexample: a while ago (ask not how long 🙂 ) I was thinking…

How to keep fit with knots

Yes, now you can keep fit without having to endure hours of gruelling exercises like press-ups or the mind-numbing tedium of ‘The Plank’ (that’s just one looooong press up really, isn’t it?). All you need is one sturdy pencil (mine was 18cm) and a fairly robust shoelace. The example in our pics was just over…

Lucet cord key fobs

Having got my lucet a couple of weeks ago, I have been raiding the scrap yarn drawer for all those niggly little bits of acrylic that were left over after Shana’s previous projects. I now have half a shoe box full of various lengths of cordage that I made on the lucet. So after lunch…