nonagonal (9 sided) good luck knot Last but not least is the nonagonal good luck knot. More accurately Greek vs Latin, the term enneagonon is more "correct", but nonagon is the more popular and commonly used term. Plus there's this whole ennegram/enneagram personality thing to confuse matters. Best to stick with nonagon, am I right?!? 8)

heptagonal (7 sided) good luck knot Behold the Heptagonal good luck knot. An alternate term for a seven sided figure is septagon, but in an effort to minimize confusion, let's stick with "heptagon".

pentagonal good luck knot As I was posting 3, 6, and 8 I felt a twinge of discomfort. Was it OCD? Anal retentiveness? Whatever it was, it is surely related to completism and the collector's instinct.

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Things to see and do
The United States Institute for Theatre Technology is having their annual conference and stage expo on March 18-21, 2009 in Cincinnati, OH. One of their Wednesday classes is the apparently popular "Knots, knots, knots" a class on knots perhaps as relates to stagecraft? (via)

The lunar new year celebrations continue until February 9, 2009 at Chin Swee Temple, Genting, Malaysia including Chinese knot demonstrations.

In the media

octagonal good luck half rainbow knot More of the similar. 8) Octagonal (8 sided) good luck knot. Again, as is traditional in Chinese knots, for an octagonal knot, the structural loops are overlapped 3 times.

hexagonal good luck half rainbow knot The hexagonal (6-sided) good luck knot. The same knot as my 2008 Xmas ornament.

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triangular good luck knot I've been thinking of the whole 3 sided versus three (knot type or 6-eared and 6 petals and whatnot. Something like 3-luck is certainly good for quick file naming and shorthand, but in descriptive text when trying to be clear and unambiguous, I'm thinking to use full-on mathematical (polygonal) terminology. Especially since, as demonstrated by the case of the good luck knots the number of ears does not necessarily properly describe a many-sided knot. So all those 4-sided good luck knots I've been talking about they're all square even when they look round. *sigh*

4 sided good luck reverse corner counter crown variant

If you take your 4 sided good luck reverse corner crown variant and instead of crowning first in the counter clockwise direction (this one started with crowning in the clockwise direction) then flip it over, and crown the corner loops (clockwise in this case). The result is symmetric with the front and back looking the same. Of course, substantially the same result can be obtained by crowning in the counter clockwise direction both times instead.

This is a variant, not in the book (and arrived at by accident), but I think worthy and aesthetically pleasing.

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4 sided good luck reverse corner crown variant 小耳翼疊壓吉祥結E型
little ear wing fold pressure lucky/auspicious knot E type/build/model
Type 5 Good Luck Knot with Small Outer Loops

Take your standard first step for a good luck knot (counter clockwise in this case), flip it over, then crown the corner loops (clockwise in this case). The result is symmetric with the front and back looking the same.

I still haven't found my copy of Lydia Chen's The Complete Book of Chinese Knotting (English version of Chinese Knotting 3 yet, but I got it out of the local library local library so I can give you the illuminating official English translation of the name (Type 5 Good Luck Knot with Small Outer Loops). I'll go back and add to the previous posts their appropriate versions as well.

I fixed up yesterday's blogiversary post, but I don't know what that means to the RSS feeds, so I thought I would mention it here in this post.

After I posted yesterday's link dump a few more came in. Since I keep links in tabs until I post them (I really should find a better method because this one often makes me sad when my browser crashes) I thought I'd take this opportunity to clear them out.

A knot-heavy description of the events at annual Cub Scout Freeze-Out which took place on February 1, 2009 (presumably) near Austintown, OH.