Knitting? What’s that? I’ve been busy braiding!
I’m having a grand time getting familiar with how the braids work. I’ve developed a good rhythm and speed. I’ve learned that every now and then, a mistake happens (loop lifts over without catching the working thread, stitch gets improperly tensioned), and I’m learning how to fix them. I can even ravel a section back to before a mistake, get the loops back on the horns of the lucet, and continue seamlessly.
My next experiments will include tests to see if I can cut a shorter length from these long ones, then take the cut tails and weave them in to make finished ends. That would be handy, because I could then make long pieces of braid, then cut them to length for specific projects.
I also want to experiment with beads on the yarn. I have a notion I might be able to graft the starting end and the finish together and make a continuous, seamless loop with beads on it that could be a necklace.
Don’t worry about the neglected knitting. I’ll get back to it. I want the Ratties to have their Ruffled Nest, and I want my Adult Surprise Jacket.
But I am having so much fun with the lucet! I’m experimenting with different fibers, learning what they do. The use of the silk/angora yarn recycled from a thrift store sweater was a nice turn of events, the cord it makes is soft and supple. I could see these braids use for so much more than merely drawstrings – imagine the pink silk/angora stitched on a sweater or pillow as an embellishment!
As far as things look right now, I will not be attending NH Sheep & Wool this year. The budget just isn’t there to allow it. I’m bummed, because I just learned that there is such a beast as a Golding lucet – nicely hand-carved and everything. Plus, I’m sure with my new awareness of lucets, I’d be spotting them everywhere. And that’s not even considering the fibers I could be trying – linen, cotton, silk, who knows.
Ah, well…maybe next year! Until then, I’ll work with what I have.
I’ve re-organized the categories a little bit. All the crafting sub-categories are now filed under a parent category of Crafts. It’s my hope to eventually make similar changes to the rest of the category list.