Long mat

While the rest of the world (or so it seems) has cottoned on to cotton, I have become a dyed-in-the-wool fan of acrylic. To any yarn purists reading this I might apologise for mixing my metaphors. But not for mixing my fibres 🙂 My latest acquisition (thanks to Shana, who can’t actually use it herself…

Forget about I-cord. Here comes Pli-cord!

My very recent post about making Turk’s Head knots led some CraftShack readers to want to know more, especially about how I made the cordage to begin with. Well, I used a little tool called a ‘lucet’. They’re easy to get hold of or you could make your own. But other means are available for those…

Lucet cord key fobs

Having got my lucet a couple of weeks ago, I have been raiding the scrap yarn drawer for all those niggly little bits of acrylic that were left over after Shana’s previous projects. I now have half a shoe box full of various lengths of cordage that I made on the lucet. So after lunch…

I’ve got a lucet and I know how to use it!

I first discovered the delights of the lucet or ‘knitting fork’ about eighteen months ago and tried to improvise my own lucet using something I grabbed from my toolbox (see ‘Knitting With Spanners‘ for a full explanation). Recently, though, after being mighty impressed at seeing lucet maestro Ziggy Rytka on the telly, Shana decided it…

Knitting with spanners

Apparently, there are men in this world who knit. I know, it’s scarcely credible. Nevertheless, it’s true. Some men even crochet, would you believe it! (I think I’m going to have to sit down for a moment to recover.) Anyway, the least these blokes can do is use proper manly tools. So, in the name…