Saturday, May 30, 2009

Trying something more complex

I was recently looking at the Knot Heads World Wide website and I saw a video about making a 5 lead, 3 bight turks head knot into 11 lead, 7 bight turks head knot. If you don't know what that means, suffice it to say it's bigger and more complicated looking.

I learned to make much simpler turks head knots (3 lead, 4 bight; 3 lead 5 bight) more than 35 years ago. In the last month, I stepped it up and have made some long 2 bight, 3 bight, and 4 bight turks head knots - mostly on carabiners. So this was quite a big step for me.

So I tried it out on my Pilot Dr. Grip Gel pen using beige 1.4mm braided nylon cord. This cord is a just bit smaller than 1/16" diameter and for a pen is a little bit thicker than I would like. Still, it does not make the pen uncomfortable to hold and it was a good exercise. Besides, now nobody is going to mistake my pen for theirs.

I tried it again using some 1/8" twisted cotton cord and it didn't turn out too bad.

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