Let me think. What have I used rope for recently?
---Tying a load of lumber and siding into the truck bed.
---Securing a load of trash in the back of the truck so that it doesn't fall out, and so that I don't get a ticket from a passing cop.
---Hitching the horse to a post so that I could trim her hooves.
---Making a new clothesline for my mother.
---Securing a cover to the water catchment tank.
---Pulling a downed banana tree over to the biotrash pit.
---Making an emergency "hinge" on the driveway gate until I could run to the hardware store for a replacement.
---Lassoing the wayward goat who had no intention of being caught.
---Holding a tarp in place over a pile of lumber.
---Mark a straight line in the garden.
---Making a quick belt to hold my pants up! Yup, zipper broke, button popped off, and I was in what one would call an awkward situation. Rope to the rescue!
Of course, all that was just recent stuff. I've used rope to hold the old truck's clutch linkage together so that I could drive home, pull stuck vehicles out of wet slick grass, drag uncooperative sheep to a pen, hold a barn door open (or shut), hang a slaughtered pig for butchering, tie up a loose dog, pull down a dead tree, tighten a fence being installed. I've sat on a pile of rope to avoid sitting on wet muddy ground....one of the few uses where a knot was not required. Another instance where a knot wasn't needed.......I needed to start a campfire and had no dry kindling. So I unraveled a length of rope and lit it. Worked like a charm. Before long we had a nice blaze going where we could all huddle around to dry out and warm up. It was either sacrifice my rope or use people's underwear. The vote went to the rope.
Just about every task using rope requires a knot. And depending upon the job, the knot can be highly precise. Since the knot becomes the weakest part of the rope, it's really important to get the right knot and make it correctly. But rope is also great for lashing. Lashing works very effectively not only on decorative fencing but as an integral part of the fence. I love the visual effect that lashing gives.
I've loved knots every since my older brothers were in Boy Scouts. They made these fancy knots just to lord it over their little sister, but I wasn't phased at all by their dominance ploy. Instead I was fascinated and entralled. Even to this day, I love a good knot. I've got a knot book in my library that's gigantic. Great book.
And just recently I discovered an animated site on the Internet for knot making.