Re: More knots...
- hogn8r2004 wrote:
> > There's still a faster way.I haven't seen it anywhere on the www. I was taught a number of "instant"
>Those are the only two ways I know, but I would like to know the way
>you are thinking of. Maybe a link or something so I can see it.
knots when I started sailing, including an instand clove hitch, an instant
figure of eight, and this one. Minor variations of this particular
technique make a bowline, double bowline (AKA mountaineering bowline, not
the bowline on a bight), multiple loop bowline (AKA bowline on a coil,
again, not on a bight), sheet bend, double sheet bend, and a weaver's knot.
It's dead simple to demonstrate, but a bit difficult to explain. I'll try,
but don't expect to get it without a demonstration. The following paragraph
may be difficult to follow:
Making the bowline relies on a principle used in one of the variations of
the weaver's knot: if you insert the end of a line through the loop of a
slippery overhand knot, then capsize the knot, the result is a weaver's
knot. If you insert the end of a line going the other way through the loop,
you get a sheet bend. If you do the same thing and the end you insert is
the bitter end of the same line the slippery overhand knot is tied in, the
result is a bowline. The overhand knot is tied in an unusual way: you lay
the line across the palm of your non-dominant hand, from bottom to top,
around the back, up the palm again, crossing over towards your thumb, and
back down the back. Then, you tuck the bitter end down through the loop at
the bottom of your hand, from the finger side towards the wrist. The loop
of the slippery knot is the part going over the top of your hand, towards
your fingers. Slip the bitter end through this loop, going from the thumb
side towards the finger side, then slip the whole mess off of your hand and
pull on the standing part to collapse the knot.
It sounds complicated, but it only takes a second to do. Maybe I should
take some pictures.
> > Also, there's something wrong with your tautline (AKA theIsn't that the way it always goes? You're perfect until someone is
>midshipman's hitch): it's backwards.
>Right you are again! It's amazing, I can tie that hitch in my sleep,
>but not when I take pictures of it, go figure. I have deleted the
>faulty instructions and will post the correct way soon.
watching, then you do something dumb. One of life's little joys.
>Is there anything else I screwed up? :)Not that I can see. You do know that there are already dozens of good knot
sites on the www, don't you?