Friday, 24 September 2010

double splayed loop in the bight (ABOK #1100)

KorganIconThis is an excellent double loop knot. Buff your brakes off, lazy.

If you already learned the lineman's loop/alpine butterfly loop (ABOK #1053) then you already know most of this knot too.
So why not go ahead and learn it? Click on images for larger images.

Instructions, if you need them:
  1. Make a bight.
  2. Twist the bight.
  3. Twist the bight again.
  4. Fold the top loop down.
  5. Feed it into the centre loop from behind.
  6. Feed the left and right loops into the centre loop.
  7. Pull the centre loop downward.
  8. Tighten and dress the knot.

Lineman's Loop/Alpine Butterfly Loop

KorganIconThe Lineman's Loop, also known as the Alpine Butterfly Loop (ABOK#1053), is used a bunch in climbing to make a loop in the middle of a rope. It's a good default loop knot. Despite its popularity, I couldn't find a good, specified breakdown online of how it's made. So I made my own. Here it is. Click on images for larger images.

Instructions if you need them:
  1. Make a bight.
  2. Twist the bight.
  3. Twist the bight again.
  4. Fold the top loop down.
  5. Feed it into the centre loop from behind.
  6. Pull tight and dress the knot.

Monday, 20 September 2010

Rope & Knots

KorganIconYou can do a lot with rope. If you have a mechanical problem in the garden or your house, I'm pretty sure rope can handle the strain of the problem.

I think it's good to know how to work with rope. I think Urban Homesteaders should know how to work with rope, specifically.

Knots categorise pretty readily. There are bends, loops and hitches.
  • bend: to join two ropes together.
  • loop: well that's obvious.
  • hitch: to attach a rope to an object, usually a post or a ring.
There are thousands of different knots. They've evolved over roughly a squillion years. Some have more than one name. Some are called knots when they really should be called hitches, that kind of thing. If you come across a knot that has more than one name, just remember the one that you prefer.

There are plenty of beautiful dorks out there who know hundreds of knots. I know enough to give me options. Here is a list of good knots to know:
You might want to learn all of these. You might only want to learn one from each category. But I would recommend trying a few from each category to get the idea. As well as the decorative knots, there are fishing knots, lashings and bindings, whippings and splicings. If you're looking for areas to apply what you learn then check out climbing sports, martial arts, survivalist stuff and shibari. I would recommend a couple of books. Knot Know-How is one of the better books that got me started fast. It doesn't bog you down and it will teach you the basics very quickly. On the other hand, if you want to know almost everything about knots, their history and applications, then you want to get your hands on a tome called Ashley's Book of Knots. This is an encyclopedia of knots with historical info. It's an awesome book to browse through and open in random places. You can get that on Amazon too, but if you'd rather spend that $50 on food or weed (very wise), then there is a torrent file of the book online so you can read it for free.

If you know absolutely nothing about knots, start at the top of any list and work your way down. The ones at the beginning of the lists are the easiest. But to be honest, most of these are easy. If they weren't, I wouldn't remember them.