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Day 25. Looking along my bookcase my eyes passed over the Illustrated Book of Knots, by Andrew Adamides. Browsing through, I found enough names to make a long rope of it all. A bit of fun today, see if you can find the knots and tie them yourself, then let me know how you get on.

Rope.

A yarn, a loop, the working end. 
Bends, bindings, hitches and stoppers.
We've seen them all, fraying hawsers,
so make a sheet bend and start with the thicker
of any two lines joined.  Often mistaken, 
the True Carrick is easily identified.  
And the Carrick with ends opposed
is accepted as the stronger.
The Flemish Bend is a climbers bend,
strength, stability, and check ability.
An old, old knot, the Reef at last,
lacks where the Flemish is master.
An overhand, a bowline, a figure of eight,
all masters of what they want.
The Englishman's loop, has fallen from grace,
where the Alpine butterfly now dazzles,
and a mountaineer will rely on the latter.
Ashley's stopper, who knew? The Diamond,
the thief and the grief, beware, tricksters all.
So last but not least, the slippery hitch,
a version of the clove that is slipped.

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