Hot Sauce Bottle #1: Covered In Turk’s Head Variants


Hot Sauce Bottle #1; a bottle covered in Turk's Head variants.

Hot Sauce Bottle #1; a bottle covered in Turk's Head variants.

I have so many hot sauce bottles that coming up with new and different names is a problem. I have decided to copy my method of numbering which I use on medicine bottles. The numbers will be concurrent, but not shared — that makes this Hot Sauce Bottle #1.

The knots on this bottle are:

The knot on the cap is a Spanish Ring knot, in green paracord.

The first knot on the neck of the bottle is a Turk’s Head knot of 5 Leads X 4 Bights, doubled, in white paracord.

The lowest knot on the neck is a 3 Lead X 8 Bight Turk’s Head.

The shoulders of the bottle were left open because it has an unusual fluted design in the glass. It seemed a shame to cover up their decorations with mine.

The top knot on the body of the bottle is a Herringbone knot of 14 Leads X 13 Bights, in green cord.

The center knot, and show-off of the bunch, is a Herringbone knot in bi-color paracord. The base Turk’s Head knot is of 11 Leads X 10 Bights, done in white cord. The interweave is done in green. If you look at the rims on the base knot, you will see that I stopped one tuck short of the usual weave. My Lady Rose likes the more pronounced edge this provides between the two knots that touch this one. Putting in something she likes once in a while keeps her happy — and if shes happy I’m happy. The helix in this knot also spirals sharply to the left as you go up. This makes the interweave look like a sawtooth pattern, rather than the usual evenly balanced zig zag. It leaned this way on its own; but when I noticed this I twisted the knot to make it show more clearly. Variety is the spice of life — this gives the bottle a markedly different look. It does stand out from its brothers on the shelf.

The bottom knot is a Turk’s Head of 6 Leads X 10 Bights. The edges have been worked so that they have a straight rim. The normal lobed look of the bights on a Turk’s Head didn’t seem right. This not only makes it fit the bottom of the upper knot, but also allows me to get closer to the bottom edge of the bottle. Bruce Grant uses a similar rim on his “Colima Lazy Man Button”. I learned it years ago from a deck hand on an old wooden schooner, but he didn’t have a name for it. I am fairly certain he didn’t get it from Bruce Grant’s book — he didn’t have enough room in his sea bag for books and wasn’t the bookish type.

Thank you for coming by. If you see any way I can improve either my site, or my knots, I am am always open for thoughtful suggestions. I’ll see you next time you drop by to watch this parade of knots:
William

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