Inspired by a souvenir they spotted in Northern Ireland, club members Anne P and Maria have led a group of crafters in raising funds with their clever and colourful monkey fist knot creations, which range from keyrings and zipper pulls to heaving lines and hefty doorstops. They not only have products for sale in the shed and Port Edgar’s Down the Hatch cafe, they have taken bulk orders for various clubs, including Killyleagh and Portsoy. Their efforts have raised a staggering amount for the club, well over a thousand pounds so far.
The latest creations include dainty earrings made by Donna W, floating keyrings, and small fluorescent fobs that are perfect for making your suitcase stand out on the luggage carousel. Anne and Maria take commissions if you would like a special piece of rope converted into a decorative item. They are also happy to accept donations of rope (many thanks to George for his contribution of a “retired” climbing rope), marbles and heavy round objects such as rocks (many thanks to Rachel and John H!).
Here are some of their current offerings:
A dazzling array of goods. The biggest door stops are built around bowling balls; smaller ones have a French boule inside.
As well as displays in the shed, there is a selection of goods in Down the Hatch. Money in the pig, please!
Anne and Maria’s first big project was our 2017 regatta medals – red monkey fist knots on gold, silver and bronze ribbons (sourced by Rachel H)
The feat was repeated for following regattas
As ever, watch out for seasonal designs