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Bob Virkus
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Bob Virkus   10/5/2010 9:57:35 PM
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Children grow up with Velcro for their shoes. They may never learn to tie a shoelace. With ties disappearing from the work place they will probably never learn a double Windsor.

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Max The Magnificent   10/4/2010 2:23:41 PM
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See also this follow-up blog that contains photos of Randall's new shoelace knot http://bit.ly/c8ffZg

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tomw_ca   10/1/2010 8:34:44 PM
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As a scout leader (a trumped up excuse for reliving my youth), I've had many chances to teach knot tying. The knots associated with the Small Boat Sailing and Rowboating merit badges provided the most opportunity to learn new and unusual configurations, but sadly the newer versions of these books seem to be eliminating some of my new favorites (mooring hitch, wellmans hitch)...

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tomw_ca   10/1/2010 8:27:26 PM
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While watching a baseball game many years ago, I watched in amazement as the camera focused on the pitcher, who bent down to tie his shoe. Unmistakebly, I watched him do exactly what you described -- instead of looping around the first "ear" once, he whipped around it twice! I immediately adopted that for those troublesome round laces that never seemed to stay tied, and never had a problem with them coming undone again.

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Max The Magnificent   10/1/2010 7:40:22 PM
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See also this follow-up blog that contains photos of Randall's new shoelace knot http://bit.ly/c8ffZg

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Max The Magnificent   9/23/2010 7:16:12 PM
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Wow -- Cool Beans -- does that run on an iPad?

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GeniusEE   9/23/2010 7:11:20 PM
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You forgot to mention. There's an app for that: http://itunes.apple.com/us/app/animated-knots-by-grog/id376302649?mt=8

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Max The Magnificent   9/23/2010 2:25:14 PM
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Hi there -- I'm finding it hard to visualize this -- is there any chance of your sending me a series of pictures showing both the Standard and the Modified versions ... if so I'll post that as a follow-up blog for others to see ... maybe we'll find that this a new knot!

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Randa11   9/23/2010 11:08:10 AM
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Hi Max, (do you think folks are still inventing new ones)? I don't know if this shoelace knot is known by others, but, I've been using it to tie my laces since I invented it over thirty years ago, and, I've never come across it anywhere else. It's only slightly more difficult to tie than a standard shoelace knot: but it never comes undone, and, is as easy to undo. First I'm going to describe what I consider to be a standard shoelace bow (I know lots of people use lots of other methods), then, the change required for my modified bow. STANDARD 1. Form a thumb knot. 2. Form a loop in the right cord, and hold between the right thumb and index finger with the thumb on top. 3. Wrap the left cord around the loop and over the thumb. 4. Use the right index finger to push the "left" cord through the small loop around the right thumb. 5. Adjust and tighten. MODIFIED To form my modified knot change step 3 to read:- Wrap the left cord around the loop and over the thumb TWICE. OK in step 4 "small loop" becomes "small loops". To undo pull on the loose ends like a normal bow. One word of warning: if you accidentally get a loose end through one of the loops before trying to undo, it is much more difficult to untie than if you make this mistake with a standard knot.

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Max The Magnificent   9/21/2010 5:44:30 PM
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Hi Dave -- I too remember learning knots as a boy scout (in the UK) -- and then more when I was in the mountain rescue -- but the years go by and if you don't keep practicing you forget. I must admit that after running across this site I'm tempted to pick up two pieces of rope...

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