Why would I teach you how to tie a slip knot?
Because, slip knots are cool!
And once you learn how to tie this knot you might yourself using it a lot more than you think. It’s great for tying up small piles or branches or brush, it’s good for putting a string around a tarp, a bundle of anything. I use this knot all the time.
In the nursery business the string or twine that we buy comes with as much as 4,500 feet on the roll. When you take that ball of twine into the field the best thing to do is put it in a 5 gallon bucket to keep the ball of string clean and dry, then poke a hole in the lid of the pail with just a single piece of string sticking out.
When you go to use the string you don’t want to make a cut until you know exactly how much you need because you don’t want to waste string, and secondly, you don’t want scraps of string laying all over the nursery. Especially a poly, non biodegradable type of string that will be there forever.
Here’s the other thing. In the nursery we dig plants in the spring and fall, more commonly known as muddy season. Trust me, 5000′ of string laying in the mud takes all the fun out of using the string. When I was 16 years old I was working out in the field in November with a digging crew. My job was to tie up the tops of the trees after the digging crew dug and balled and burlap-ed the trees by hand. The hand dug balls on the trees were so big that it took three or four of those really strong men to roll the ball out of the hole after it had been dug. Lifting the balled tree would have been impossible without a machine.
So I’m out there in the mud, me and a 5,000 foot bale of twine. I had 3″ inches of mud caked to the bottom of my boots and just as the very impatient nursery owner decides to pay us a visit I’ve got the string all tangled up in the mud caked to my feet. I looked like some kind of a comedy act, but he wasn’t very amused. He told me no uncertain, rather colorful terms, that I had cut too much string. I got the message!
So if you use the knot that I am teaching you here, and you’re working in a muddy field for somebody that is under impossible deadlines to get everything dug on schedule before the ground freezes, you likely won’t learn any new swear words because of your clumsiness with string. (smile)
P.S. Did you try it? Did it work for you? It’s tricky, but once you get it down you’ll be really good at it.