sppryor wrote:Looked up, and began practicing different knots I think I may want to know. (Such as a taut-line hitch)
Bowlines (I recommend the cowboy variant), taut lines (yes, plural), running loops (either butterfly loop or directional figure 8, I recommend the latter), and simple hitches (becket and half hitch) are all pretty important if you're building anything. It pays to learn them well and practice them until you can tie them in the dark while wearing gloves, because you'll have to.
Also, figure out what knots work well with the rope you'll be using. I used mule tape this year because the stuff is dirt cheap and VERY strong, but that stuff will not hold a taut line hitch under any circumstances. It's just too slippery. I tied a bowline around my canopy fixture then tied directional 8s most of the way down the line before running it through my rebar candy cane loop then back through the loop from the directional 8. The resulting "pully" let met pull the lines incredibly taut before tying it off with the half hitches right against the running 8 loop. All 17 lines held all week without budging.
Remember, radical self reliance. If you forget something and your camp is relying on you, well, even if you neighbors are willing to help there's no guarantee that they'll be able to. On a related note, my apologies go out to the winery at 8:30 and B this year who asked for my help in remembering how to tie a few knots late one night mid-week. I was less than sober. I think I explained it well enough, but then I wasn't there when your structure actually went up...