Sunday, May 13, 2012

The first knots

Yesterday I learned/mastered several knots.

I learned:
Figure 8
Double figure 8
Square Knot
Granny Knot
Highwayman's Knot
Clove Hitch
Money's Paw

The hardest one to learn was probably the Money's Paw. I actually made it harder in my head to figure out, ergo confusing myself thoroughly until things finally clicked into place. Then I felt very smart and dumb at the same time.

I like tying knots. I also like having an Eagle Scout for a best friend because that means that I don't run out of knots to learn and I can use his expertise whenever I've got a question.
I actually only needed to learn the Figure 8s and the Monkey's Paw, but once I mastered those I wanted to know a lot more. Hopefully I'll keep expanding my knot knowledge base and have a veritable arsenal of knots. That would mean that I need rope. Hmm....Maybe Anne will carry around a piece of rope to practice with. I think that could be useful.

I'm big on "is it useful?" right now. Especially concerning my character. I don't want her to not have fun little details, but I don't want to overwhelm Anne with too many bobbles.

Right now I'm working on a book review/essay on Tudor women from the book "The Tudor Housewife" by Alison Sim. It's a brilliant book with so much information. Very well written and I don't know how I'm going to be able to choose what is important and what can take a backseat in my essay. It's 126 pages of factual, engaging information that I loved reading.


  1. You also learned the Taut-line hitch and the Bowline. I don't think you learned the sheep-shank. You did learn the sheetbend though. Oh yeah, and the Lashing was a Sqaure lashing.
    -The Eagle Scout

  2. Oh, really? I guess I learned so many that I forgot some of the names and got one mixed up! Meep.