"A knot... is either exactly right or it is hopelessly wrong."
What did Spanish and English sailors do in port between ship assignments? To earn extra money and to keep themselves busy, they would make decorative knots to sell to the travelers visiting the seaport towns. Their knots included knot boards, bell ropes, lanyards, button knots for coats and fancy knots for hanging inside or outside the home.
The Monkey's Fist
The Monkeys Fist is a weighted knot used to heave a lighter line to an other boat or dock. Once the lighter line is received a stronger towline or bow line can be transferred. Before Monkeys Fists were painted bright red or orange many a sailor were hit in the head by the flying Monkeys Fist. Today the Monkeys Fist is still one of the most recognized knots. It makes a fine key fob, zipper pull on your rain slicker and a tug & toss dog toy that floats. A small bowling ball or steel ball bering can be used as the core making a door stop. Add a wooded ball and chain you have a fan or light pull. Place a small bell inside and watch your cat dance with joy.