I was playing around with a variety of Google "products" and discovered a way to selectively share and annotate links for public viewing that doesn't expose you, my gentle Knotty Notion reader, to silly cat and dog pictures and such that I subject my friends to (or cause my friends to wade through endless knot and braid posts for my thoughts on the latest installment of mad scientist cartoons).

And so, in the menu to the left, you will now see "Link Dump" which takes information directly from my newsfeed reader (Google Reader) as I flag and tag. This will allow me to quickly process, then share and comment on items of knotty (and braid-y) interest in a much less labour intensive way than my traditional cut/paste/post method. Special gems/information rich finds will still be singled out for more detailed commentary and deliberate posts.

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Using the Korean keyboard on my iPhone (much nicer than anything I could quickly find online for free), I am able to type the name of the knot I found, and the name of the book I found it in. Let's start with the knot: 당초매듭 (dang-cho-mae-deup) which machine translates as "initially the knot" or "initial knot" a translation that lacks both poetry and, I suspect, gist. But, searching with "당초매듭" finds us this web page: http://blog.daum.net/_blog/BlogView.do?blogid=0BoQ2&articleno=7147932&ca...
which, after I turned off a few security settings, shows us... a creeper knot! Jackpot!

So, back to the book:
in wee little type over the title: 우아한 전통의 (u-a-han jeon-tong-ui)
in big type: 한국애듭 (han-gu-gae-deup)
in teeny tiny type under the title: 김주현 편저 (gim-ju-hyeon pyeon-jeo)

Which Google Translates as: Korea's traditional and elegant knot / endeavor to eds.

Breaking it down, "우아한 전통의" is "elegant traditional", indeed "우아한" == "elegant" and "전통의" == "traditional". "한국" == "(South) Korea" and "애듭" == "knot".

So, I was looking through my Japanese and Korean books looking for creeper and double coin references and came across what looks like a creeper reference in "한국매듭" which I'll blog more about when I figure out how to type Korean (or I could do what I did to get this book title onto the computer which is look at a page of related text and pick out characters to cut and paste together).

creeper knot black and white edged in greyFinished adding text to the scanned step-by-step images for the creeper knot. A relatively lonely knot in the Chinese knotting pantheon, it seems to have been not embraced by Japanese or Korean artisans (I have found no mentions and hence no translations). Even Ashley has no mention of it although I did find an extension, the caterpillar knot.

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woven bao knotsLately I've been working on many different things and for some reason not finishing any of them. *sigh*

So, I've scanned step by step instructions for the double coin knot, creeper knot, cross knot, plafond knot, 2 methods for tying the sauvastika knot, and also the square or flat knot.

You'll notice that most of the links above are what is clearly work in progress and sort of look broken. This is my way. Someday they'll be proper completed pages. Why wait to link? 8)

Things to buy
The Adachi Kumihimo shop/gallery (安達くみひも館) in Kyoto. Some shop products including marudai, kakudai, takadai, tama and silk
http://www.adachikumihimokan.com/

An interesting "knotted" rope ring.
http://newinatprecious.wordpress.com/2010/05/11/bex-rox-the-love-knot-an...

Not so much knotty or braided as just string-y, but nifty in any case, a very string-y dress.
http://www.lbruning.com/evening-gowns/dayglo-weave/

This says "Alamar knot" keychain. I look at that and say "double coin" or "carrick bend".
http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewItem&item=380230144436

Pretty pictures
A string painting of a dragon. Some knots involved.
http://tw.myblog.yahoo.com/a0312-b1207/article?mid=3374

A more dramatic string painting of a dragon, with more knots.
http://tw.myblog.yahoo.com/a0312-b1207/article?mid=3358

Elaborate knotted wallhanging.
http://tw.myblog.yahoo.com/a0312-b1207/article?mid=3364

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You see the pictures of Korean braiding stands from time to time. The hard core Korean knot tyers braid their own cord. It's a beautiful piece of machinery and just as a sculptural object, nifty looking. I have yearned after one for years.

Note: another linkdump in progress that was never posted. Where was my head?

In the news
Lush has replaced their gift packaging with furoshiki (fabric wrap, usually knotted).
http://www.lush.co.uk/index.php?option=com_virtuemart&page=lush.knotwrap (via)
http://www.lushusa.com/shop/products/gifts/accessories/love-knot
http://www.lush.ca/shop/knotwrap/

Blogs
Dr. Charl P. Botha blogs about bowline knots including some instructional videos from youTube.
http://cpbotha.net/2010/04/07/weekly-head-voices-20-a-lamarckian-knot/

The American Alpine Institute - Climbing Blog reposts some instructional videos on the truckers' hitch and the water knot.
http://alpineinstitute.blogspot.com/2010/04/truckers-hitch-and-water-kno...

Things to buy
These cute string tied in a bow rings are made of brass and powder coated are designed by Kiel Mead,

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beaded crown sinnet sampler
I wanted to do something both knotty and beady, generally decorative and it would be best if it were wearable... I've had a project in mind for a few years now that is mostly just a name, plus a vague idea of fringe to go with the knotty and beadedness. Time to execute! Or is it? Best to sample first. I had the idea that I wanted the fibre base to fill the beads fully as possible but still thread through without too much angst and bought some yarn accordingly (it's about the same size as 6 strand embroidery thread). Black because everything goes with black. Then with whatever beads were in my crafty backpack at the time, I went with the kids to watch them do their extracurriculars and sample. Strung in multiples of 8 because I was doing a 4 strand crown and wanted to see if any interesting patterns were going to emerge. After all, why should kumists have all the beady fun? 8)

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