Art and Knowing · Pleasure of Creating · Uncategorized

How To Untie A Knot

Knots on a sail boat
Knots on a sail boat

“Better to know a knot and not need it, than need a knot and not know it” is the enthusiastic motto of Animated Knots by Grog (TM). Knots have hundreds of creative names and a quick online check shows an International Guild of Knot Tyers, even knot historians. Who knew?

Knots can be part of an art work because they can be crafted into aesthetically appealing lines and shapes. If you work in fabric or wool you know how knots add beauty and texture to your work. Even knots for fly tying are not just functional, but quite beautiful.

As kids we learned the hard lessons of the granny knot. Other knots are elegant as they come undone, like the grief knot. There’s even an art to it: “It unravels elegantly: as tension is applied, the ropes rotate like little cogs, each one twisting to feed the rope through the knot.” (Wikipedia)

I don’t know about you, but when knots in my life have unraveled, it hasn’t been elegant or pretty. Not much “art” in evidence in that coming apart.

fishing knot

Other knots have had years of wind, weather and tension hardening them into shape, much like the knot on my sailboat’s main sheet (line.) When it finally gives, it won’t unravel, it will snap, and I’ll capsize. (Why I keep checking it.)  Better to undo it and let the wind and weather relax it into a new shape. Better to catch it before.

Can I find elegance in the unraveling?  Can I find the humility to undo the knot?

I am in need of grace. God.

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4 thoughts on “How To Untie A Knot

  1. The part of that devotional I love the most is the humble acknowledgement that however much the knots in our lives harm us, their biggest harm is in keeping us from Jesus. That’s sure a different focus. Thanks.

  2. There’s a dandy Catholic devotion I recently learned about to Mary in the form of Our Lady Undoer of Knots. http://www.maryundoerofknots.com/history.htm. The first day meditation includes: I entrust to You today this knot….and all the negative consequences that it provokes in my life. I give you this knot that torments me and makes me unhappy and so impedes me from uniting myself to You and Your Son Jesus, my Savior. I run to You, Mary, Undoer of Knots because I trust you and I know that you never despise a sinning child who comes to ask you for help. I believe that you can undo this knot because Jesus grants you everything. I believe that you want to undo this knot because you are my Mother. I believe that You will do this because you love me with eternal love.

  3. I was fascinated by what I found out about knots. A friend’s comment gave me the original idea (untying knots) and I played around with it. I love your last comment about “witty inventions…” That’s a high compliment, thanks!

  4. I read “How to Untie a Knot” with interest. Your writing is always informed by your wide interests, especially those related to outdoor sports. You always find a spiritual twist and
    turn in everyday things. I’ve never been good at working with knotty situations. About all I know how to do is make a double knot in the shoelaces of my old-ladies shoes. I find in
    your blogs “witty inventions, clever devices, ingenious contrivances and bright ideas.”
    Betty Spence

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