Of Rats and Jen (Inactive)

Tales of a Perpetual
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Filed under: Braiding — folkcat at 3:15 pm on Wednesday, April 9, 2008

Knitting? What’s that? I’ve been busy braiding!

Three braided cords
l. to r.: 13 gms of KnitPicks Simple Stripes; 8 gms of Plymouth Sockotta; approx. 2.5 gms of thrifted silk/angora

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!

Event Notes:

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.

Blog Notes:

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.


Comment by Christina

April 9, 2008 @ 6:53 pm

Very nice braids! They would make great accents on purses.

Comment by Carol

April 9, 2008 @ 9:29 pm

sounds likeyou are having lots of fun with the lucet! which is the point, after all. so how ARE the Ratties?

Comment by Liz

April 13, 2008 @ 1:04 pm

Now you’re getting me hooked. I’m already looking into ordering a lucet of my own, with a personalized design on the handle. We’ll see how it goes!


Comment by Valerie in San Diego

April 13, 2008 @ 9:28 pm

Wow, these are very classy. I’m especially impressed with the KnitPicks one. Does this yield a cord that’s like i-cord, or like a normal braid, or ? I’m still not ‘getting’ the lucet thing.

Comment by Angela Lee

August 1, 2009 @ 6:39 am

I definitely want to try Lucet work. I can imagine it as hair accessories, straps for purses, piping for clothes and purses. I like the idea you mentioned too. It is a great fun craft and I definitely want to try it soon.

Angela Lee

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