Nifty Knots

Inspired by a souvenir they spotted in Northern Ireland, club members Anne P and Maria have been hard at work this year 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.

The latest creations include floating keyrings and a tiny 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:

Zip pulls – as worn by the most stylish rowers



Doorstops made from recycled rope


Zipper toggles

Fluorescent luggage tags

Floating keyrings, doorstops, cat and dog toys, and a colourful array of fobs

The sales stand in the shed – money in the pig on the table please! There is also a selection in the Down the Hatch cafe

Maria at work on one of the Portsoy keyrings – those Quines and Loons like their pink

The array of goods on sale at our 2017 regatta

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)

Medals on display – the driftwood hanger was fished out of Port Edgar harbour

Just a few of the medals

A lot of rope went into making the medals