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We don't serve string here

Artist Windy Chien spent a year learning a different nautical knot a day. See all (most?) of the knots here.
posted by Miko on Sep 13, 2016 - 31 comments

Bow ties are cool.

Men's Neckties: How-to tie necktie knots - from Mefi's own xingcat, posted from MeFi Projects. Selection: How to tie a bow tie.
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Apr 24, 2015 - 43 comments

I had developed an enormous fondness for making tiny, fussy things

52,000 Knots - One Man’s Journey Into the Craft of Tatted Lace [SLMedium]
posted by joseph conrad is fully awesome on Jan 31, 2015 - 15 comments

String Theory

In 1906, Caroline Furness Jayne wrote String Figures And How To Make Them - A Study Of Cat's Cradle In Many Lands [Google Books], probably the best-known study of string figures and string games. [more inside]
posted by the man of twists and turns on Jan 20, 2014 - 15 comments

Bridging design techniques

Beijing and Amsterdam-based studio NEXT architects have won first place in a bridge design competition for Meixi Lake near the Changsha capital in Hunan, China. The shape was inspired by the Mobius Strip and Chinese knotting.
posted by Brandon Blatcher on Nov 14, 2013 - 17 comments

Knots in Spaaaaace

The fine people over at the International Guild of Knot Tyers Forum talk knots. On Mars.
posted by Foci for Analysis on Sep 4, 2012 - 33 comments

Yes, this is where I admit to the world I've been tying my shoelaces wrong.

Shoelaces come undone? You may be tying them incorrectly. Easy check: do they sit straight across your shoe, or tilt up at an angle? If the latter, you're securing them with a granny knot, which falls apart readily, but this can be fixed by a small change in the way you tie the laces. Ian Fieggen explains and demonstrates. (He also writes it out). [more inside]
posted by Upton O'Good on Dec 5, 2011 - 53 comments

How to tie your shoes -

How To Tie Your Shoes. A video in the spirit of How to Eat a Chicken Wing. Bonus - it's also pretty funny. [SLYT]
posted by Slap*Happy on Sep 10, 2010 - 26 comments

Knots and Crosses

Sure, knot theory is an interesting subject with a storied past, and self-avoiding walk theory takes it a bit further in describing real-world ropes, lines and wires, but can it be usefully applied to the knotty problem of spontaneously forming tangles? Robert Matthews of Aston University has suggested that there's a simple solution to avoiding tangles in all our computer cables, headphone cords and Vectran cored double braid halyard lines: make them into loops [pdf]. It's plausible, but not proven. Enter The Great British Knot Experiment which aims to provide "compelling empirical evidence to support the Loop Conjecture – and thus for its role in solving one of life's little irritations." [more inside]
posted by HE Amb. T. S. L. DuVal on Jun 15, 2010 - 36 comments

Animated Knots

Knot, knot
Who's there?
Bowline who?
I'm going bowline ... wanna go too? [more inside]
posted by netbros on Aug 15, 2008 - 28 comments


Scoutmaster is a blog from a long-time troop leader in which he talks both about practical scouting tools, such as how to make a fire and how to lash a tower together, and about current issues with discrimination in the BSA.
posted by Upton O'Good on Dec 19, 2007 - 50 comments

Oh, What a Tangled Web

Knots to the Left of Me, Knots to the Right. No, not the recently departed Knotts, Knots!
posted by fenriq on Mar 13, 2006 - 20 comments

There is a naughty/knotty pun here that I'm going to ignore....

Alaska Museum of Fancy Knots
posted by anastasiav on Nov 20, 2005 - 17 comments

No, I'm a frayed knot

Michael Hutchings' rope trick and Dylan Thurston's two-handed knot-drawing sk1llz. Did you need to kill some time practicing pointless skills today?
posted by Wolfdog on May 6, 2005 - 12 comments

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