My hobby with decorative and useful knot work.
I think your right, they do look like golf balls.You may have mentioned this somewhere else but what size are you using?How long does it glow for? I was thinking it might make good cord for my tent tie downs around the Cub Scouts.Thanks!
I used the 3/32" size for the monkey fists. The glow last for hours, I've gone to bed and woke up in the morning and could still see it. It probably would make good tie downs and be visible to avoid tripping if you had a late night need to leave the tent.
I can get the basic shape for the monkey fist but I can't seem to tighten it,is there a trick to this?do you put a ball in the middle of it?
I usually use small marbles, wooden balls, and sometimes ball bearings for the center of the monkey fists. You can also tie a knot at one end of a piece of cord you're using for the fist and use that as the center, or use a wad of paper or plastic.
I don't think my other post went in.so how do you tighten the fist?thanks
After you get the basic shape of the fist and put something in the center, you start at one end and gradually tighten it. You work from one end taking just a little bit of slack out and follow it completely thru the fist from one end to the other. You may have to do this several times until you can no longer work any more slack out. It can be slow and time consuming, but it keeps the cord from getting twisted, uneven, overlapping, and tangled. The finished fist should look even all around when finished. Sometimes I mess it up, it's ok, I just untie it and do it over, patience is definately necessary in tying knots.
ok,thank you.do you very good work.if I get addicted to this,your the one to blame;)
That is an excellent looking monkey fist. What knot was used to finish it off near the key ring? I've made several monkey fist keychains and never seem to be able to find a good ending. Thanks and take care.
gerry,I used a hangman's noose to finish the monkey fists.
I apologize for being such a dope. I knew it looked sooooo familiar but I was thinking it was a much more exotic knot. Thank you so much. I really enjoy your blog. Take care.
No problem. I have trouble identifying knots sometimes too. So many of them look similar that it can be difficult, even with having the Ashley Book of Knots as a reference, with it's 3900+ knots, I still can't figure out some just by looking at a photo.
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