Ropes & Pulleys & Sails

Posted by Caroline Hershey

Tall ships and knitting?

Knitting designs everywhere. We went for a cruise on one of the Tall Ships, part of OpSail 2012, this past weekend, and if I were a pattern designer, I would have gone crazy between the ropes holding the sails, the hardware for the ropes and the actual rope designs.

The ropes on the ships are incredibly heavy, massive and pretty much ungainly, and you will quickly notice that the ropes are never left just laying about. They are either immediately tied off on those hooks placed strategically on the sides of the ships and masts or they are quickly wound into circles when laying on the deck of the ship. They would be pretty useless and dangerous just left laying around.

Look at the knots I found here and there on the ship.

These must have specific names. Anyone had experience with these?

Hmmm. Think when I rip knitting out I’ll just wrap it into one of these. Yeah, right.

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