Did you ever think that one of the basic skills you'd need as a parent is the ability to tie knots? Think about it. From hanging mobiles and bunting in the nursery to balloons and pinatas at birthday parties, knot tying pops up all the time. And now that it's Summer? Well, there are tents, swings, hammocks, badminton nets, and zip lines to tie, and we haven't even touched on fishing yet.
Knots are so important! And unless you grew up sewing or suturing, you may be just winging it. We found a great online source for learning basic knots, and we love that each lesson is a tiny, looping video, because, let's face it, seeing a still image of a completed knot isn't very helpful.
The website is Boys' Life, the official publication of the Boy Scouts of America, and each video also has a brief explanation of when you'd use the particular knot.
Need to take the lessons with you out into the wilderness? We found a great iPhone app, Animated Knots by Grog, that has an extensive catalog of knot tying lessons arranged by categories like boating, climbing, and even decorative and household! It'll run you $4.99, but out of 188 reviews, it got an average of 4 out of 5 stars.
So get out your twine and start practicing!
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