BOOTIE SHAKING QUESTIONS

Questions, questions…

What’s lucet cord?

Making lucet cord is a craft that goes waaay, way back. The most common form is sort of a two-stitch I-cord, formed on a very graceful looking lyre-like gadget:

There are other forms of lucet that use frames with more prongs, and their output is even more similar to standard I-cord, or spool knitting (aka corking, knitting Nancy, horsereins). If you don’t have access to a talented and obliging woodworker or to a shop that specializes in obscure tools for historical needlework, you can attempt lucet on your fingers, or over the tines of a plastic fork with all but the two outermost prongs broken off.

The image above was shamelessly stolen from Phiala’s String Pages – a site dedicated to various forms of historical braiding and weaving. If you’ve ever lain awake at night wondering how you could distinguish among pieces produced by sprang, naalbinding, and tablet weaving, Phiala has tried them all and provides pictures. Here’s her lucet how-to.

Did you actually finish the pair, or just the one bootie shown?

How long did the pair take?

About as long as it took to watch the third Matrix movie on cable TV. It might have taken less time, but I kept jumping up to photograph my progress.

How much yarn did it take?

It’s hard to say. Very little, to be sure. I started with a partial skein of the green, and used less than half of that. I suspect around only 50-60 yards. Perhaps a bit more. I used to be able to get a pair of booties (without ties) out of what remained from two balls of Socka after I’d finished knitting socks for me.

Why is Rogue taking so long?

Because I don’t have a lot of time each day to knit. I usually only manage an hour or two at most in the evenings, while policing homework or watching TV. Less if other needs press.

I know some of you are writing to me in frustration because you’re trying to follow along with my progress, but there’s a reason why I neither participate in nor initiate knit-alongs. I knit on my main project when I can knit. Sometimes I choose to do other things – like reading, cooking, earning a living, accomplishing quick side projects, adding 150 yarns to the wiseNeedle database, or shoveling out the driveway instead.

Rogue progress tomorrow. I promise. Now I’ve got to go back outside and back to shoveling.

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