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Sunday, July 31, 2005

Brain matter

When I was at Joann's buying a button yesterday, I also picked up this.


If you haven't seen one before, it's a gizmo that makes a 4st i-cord with the turn of a crank.

I don't have the need for i-cord now (or in the near future), but I had a 40% off coupon in my hand, and it seemed like a better deal to save $6 off this than $1 off the button. A true shopper, eh?

What you get is the "automatic spool knitter", a weighted clothes pin, a cheapo plastic tapestry needle (actually I need one--my other cheapo plastic needle fell into the recliner, never to be seen again), some pink-pink acrylic yarn, and the instructions.

After a few minutes of cranking, I had a little over 6 feet of i-cord.

And after a few more minutes--longer than it took me to make the i-cord--I had a "Celtic Stonework Knot". Looks more like brain matter to me.

As you might suspect, the Embellish-knit isn't that versatile. It only handles sport weight yarns or thinner yarn, and the gauge is fixed. But, it's infinitely faster than the DPN drill.


  • Plus, if you have one you can make the world's largest i-cord ball made of knotted yarn ends! Top that, DPNs. ;)

    By Blogger Abigail, at 7/31/2005 8:02 PM  

  • Well except for the not being versatile it's kinda cool. I'm not a huge van of knitting I-cord so that might be a quick options. Thanks for reviewing it.

    Oh and I think it looks like brain matter too.

    By Anonymous Rebekah, at 8/01/2005 10:00 AM  

  • It might be useful for making icord purse straps that will be felted.

    ~ Christina

    By Blogger Christina, at 8/01/2005 10:21 PM  

  • I lover the knot! What a great embellishment for a poncho or a purse. The i-cord maker has it's place in the universe! True, you can't do applied i-cord or i-cord cast-off, but strings for hoods, ties for purse tops... definitely a quick way to get those finishing details done.

    By Blogger spinnity, at 8/02/2005 3:47 PM  

  • I have one for the same reason...40% off coupon. It actually comes in handy sometimes. Last week I needed a baby gift quick...Grandma Owl's booties. This made them even quicker.

    By Anonymous patti, at 8/03/2005 11:18 AM  

  • I too purchased a Embellish Knit, however, I am trying to figure out how to connect the ends to make a bracelet. I unraveled the end that comes out of the machine first but I can't seem to connect the two ends smoothly.

    Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated.


    By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/04/2005 3:13 PM  

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