Friday, January 28, 2011
Day 28 and the Cord Stack
There's an ingenious little device called the Embellish Knit! which is a cranking i-cord maker. If I wanted to make i-cord by hand, I could certainly do it, but for very long lengths it can become mentally exhausting to do something so mindless.
Here I have made lengths of i-cord as long as I wanted my scarf and laying them side by side, sewed straight through all of them in many different places such that the end product was, WOW, a scarf! This would be a terrific project for kids to do since there is no prior skill necessary and using the little machine is very very easy.
I used caron simply soft for all of the cords and this resulted in a thick but soft cord. I did find that the weight that came with the machine needed to be just a little bit heavier for this particular yarn, so I put the weight inside a small tin that I happened to have and added a few other small heavy items like marbles to it. The lip of the tin then held the yarn and I could use the machine in the normal way.
Use extra yarn and a tapestry needle to just sew straight across the grain. I hid my ends, but if you were to let them hang and add fringe on both sides, you would have a completely different and very fun look as well.