Monday, May 22, 2017

Lacing Needles and Case...

My lacing needle case. A paracord guacho knot interweave from a different project just happened to fit the 'baby soda bottle/preform' that I keep my lacing needles in, so I've kept that on it.

I didn't want to completely cover the case with knot work because I like being able to see the needles inside...

Took out a small lacing needle to use with the spool knit lanyard, for tying a single strand star knot at one end.  


The lacing needles are also called stitching fids, in case you're searching for more info on them.  They certainly make some knot projects easier, especially with Turk's head knots and variations, monkey's fists, and where ever there's over/under weaving of the cord to be done.


 

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Saturday, May 20, 2017

SAK lanyard edc pocket dump on a May Saturday afternoon...

A right front pocket dump on this Saturday afternoon, with a rumble of thunder outside.  A two-peg spool knit lanyard, done with 1.4mm cord/string (tan color), about two foot long finished length, shown attached to one of my Wenger Swiss Army Knives (Traveler, I think).

I used a leftover scrap of string to tie a Solomon bar/Portuguese sinnet/cobra stitch over the single strand loop end, to run a belt through, or fit a finger or two if the lanyard is being used in hand, for retention.



Friday, May 12, 2017

A May Day EDC...

EDC (everyday carry) pocket dump for this date, Friday, May 12, 2017.

ArmyTek Wizard Pro LED flashlight, Leatherman Wave multitool, Kershaw Shuffle pocket knife, all with some decorative and useful paracord knot work.






I keep going back and digging through my stuff in the storage totes, where I'd packed them away for the upcoming move (house under contract), to either use/carry or possibly list for sale on ebay.  The home that we'll be moving to is considerably smaller than our current abode, so many things, like some furniture and whatnot, will have to be sold or given to family that may have use for them.  Quite a bit has been given to Goodwill, so I hope those things eventually find a good home...

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Sunday, April 30, 2017

Mustard makes the cut...


I had some 'mustard' yellow paracord left over from a recent project, and used a single twenty foot continuous length strand in this two-peg spool knit 'pray for fire' lanyard.

There's a 2" x 1/8" firesteel tucked down the center of the cross, alongside the couple of other strands in the core of the cross (loop end strands ~ cow/ring/girth hitched onto the snap hook).

The finished length is about 27" long, from snap hook/sailor's cross knot end to the other loop and lanyard/diamond knot end.






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And another paracord wallet lanyard, shown attached to a wallyworld test trifold biker/trucker wallet from the gadget drawer collection, and I used some 'licorice' 425 paracord for the sailor's cross knot.



Monday, April 24, 2017

Charley horse of the fingers...

I was digging through some of my storage totes and boxes while looking for some items in particular, and I ended up pulling some paracord, knot tying tools, and accessories out and stuffing them into a spare duffel bag, so I would have some to work with.

I tied several monkey's fists, using 3/4" wooden ball cores with some old Comlax cord and twisted cotton line.  

I put together just enough of 'em to make my hands ache and my fingers cramp up.  I'll give them to Pa to hand out at the church food pantry/ministry as he sees fit.
 
I haven't tied much lately, with most of my things packed away to declutter the house before it goes up for sale, and when I go too long without tying knots, I forget how to tie them and have to go watch old tutorials for a refresher, lol.

The realtor and photographer are supposed to be coming by tomorrow, to take pics before the house listing goes up, so there's more last minute cleaning to do too...


Saturday, April 22, 2017

paracord and brass

Today's EDC (everyday carry) keychain setup has an olive drab three peg spool knit Type I/95 paracord lanyard with snap hook at one end, and an 80lb test heavy duty split ring at the other for attachment options.

A few brass components include a keychain pen, bamboo shaped whistle, Pico Pull capsule, and Maratac AAA LED flashlight.

I have my truck key, KeySmart organizer, squeeze LED flashlight, and cross shield pendant on a detachable clip for the keychain, so all of the stuff isn't hanging from the ignition when I'm out driving.

The lanyard itself, with snap hook and small split ring, is around 27" long, so there's plenty of reach to use components/keys without having to detach it when the snap hook end is clipped to a belt loop, or used the other way around with a belt run through the loop end and snap hook attached to the keyring.

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Friday, December 30, 2016

A Wooden Fid

I finally finished up adding some knot work to a surprise gift in a package from knot tying friend Phil/Cord Craft of the Knot Everything Forums. A nicely done wooden fid that narrows down to a flattened tip for use with a variety of different sized cordage, even the thinner stuff, for tightening/dressing and loosening knots.

I know Phil told me the type of wood and finish he used on the fid, but I cannot seem to recall them at the moment, so I'll have to see if I saved the email or message he mentioned them in and update on that later, typing this as I come down from a two day headache...

I tried tying several different knots with different types and diameters of cord before I decided to go with some suede leather lace in a gaucho knot interweave.

I dug up the suede lace from the bottom of a storage tub.  I think I purchased the lace six or seven years or more ago for another project at the time and put it away and forgot about it.

Some of the knot work I tried were Turk's heads, headhunter, pineapple, herringbone, Hansen, and gaucho variations, with each fitting differently in the fid's cut out/channels, some too wide, or too narrow, where the 1/8" suede seemed just about right.

The original package of the lace had four colors, a light green or tan I think was the one I'd used up, leaving red, brown, and black.  The black is so dark, it can be hard to see the gaucho pattern in photos, where the design is more easily seen in hand.  I also like the soft textured feel the suede gives the knot.

And a side-by-side size comparison photo of the wooden fid next to a Jig Pro Shop stainless steel Knotters Tool II.

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