"In questions of science, the authority of a thousand is not worth the humble reasoning of a single individual."
- Galileo Galilei -
So far, I have only provided samples of simple spherical clusters to represent particles. Because of the curled-up nature of ether, it is unlikely that this spherical structure would be found in nature. A more likely configuration for the ether cluster to assume would be that of a knot. This supposition is supported by the fact that particle physicists have given all particles a property called spin. Spin implies that classical particles are not perfect symmetrical spheres, but have some asymmetric features - the particle does not look the same from all directions. Ether can describe this spin property quite easily. For example, an 'up quark' may be an ether cluster tied in the shape of a right handed 'slipknot', and a 'down quark' may be a left handed 'slipknot'. A 'strange quark' may be in the shape of a 'half hitch' knot - and so on. These ether knots would look different depending on the direction you are viewing them from since knots are three dimensional, asymmetrical objects.
Banging sub atomic particles together and creating quarks or gluons, is not proof that these particles actually exist, but only that you can create/build new ether knots, or unwrap (stable) knots and cause them to make other smaller knots. Particle physicists are not creating new particles, but are instead tying new knots, or untying existing knots.
With research, the features/properties of quarks such as strangeness, color, up/down, spin, etc; may be used to describe the various features of knot types or categories (i.e. sheepshank, half hitch, etc.). When you accelerate particles (as in an atomic accelerator) you are adding kinetic energy to them by increasing the distortion/motion of ether. When these particles collide, the extra distortion of ether (in the form of motion) could be converted into matter by creating a new knot (particle). In this way, a virtually unlimited number of knots/particles could be created.