I-cord gadgets?

I-cord gadgets?

Post by Julie Li » Wed, 31 May 2000 04:00:00



I was poking around a yarn store a few weekends back and spotted a
gadget where you feed yarn into the top, turn a crank, and get I-cord
out the bottom. It looked like a fairly sturdy object, not one of those
plastic toy things from the 70s. It cost about $40, so I didn't buy it,
though I was momentarily tempted, since I've been playing around with
various ways of combining two ***y cone yarns (they're about the same
width, allowing for one being boucle; the non-boucle is marked something
like 2/24, or is that 24/2?) and had just seen some commercial I-cord
yarn on another shelf in the same store. Since I'm still thinking about
it, there's an off chance that I might finally go back and give in.

So I guess my questions are, has anyone else used an I-cord crankmatic
thingy and is it worth it, and does anyone have anything weird to report
about using I-cord yarn? (The commercial stuff looked as if the original
string was about the same thickness as embroidery floss, and the entire
I-cord was maybe 4-5 mm wide but very flat, though not quite as flat as
ribbon yarn.)

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I-cord gadgets?

Post by Xen » Thu, 01 Jun 2000 04:00:00




Quote:
>So I guess my questions are, has anyone else used an I-cord crankmatic
>thingy and is it worth it, and does anyone have anything weird to report
>about using I-cord yarn? (The commercial stuff looked as if the original
>string was about the same thickness as embroidery floss, and the entire
>I-cord was maybe 4-5 mm wide but very flat, though not quite as flat as
>ribbon yarn.)

The Bond Magicord machine makes I-cord with thread up to a sport
weight yarn and only costs about $20.00.  It comes with a video on how
to use and lots of ideas to apply the cording to.  I found mine at
JoAnn Fabrics and Crafts.

I have one but have yet to have time to use it.  I did use the old
spool type I-cord and it took FOREVER to get the length I wanted which
is why I grabbed the Bond when I saw it.

Xena

 
 
 

I-cord gadgets?

Post by Helen Fleische » Thu, 01 Jun 2000 04:00:00




Quote:
>I was poking around a yarn store a few weekends back and spotted a
>gadget where you feed yarn into the top, turn a crank, and get I-cord
>out the bottom. It looked like a fairly sturdy object, not one of those
>plastic toy things from the 70s. It cost about $40, so I didn't buy it,
>though I was momentarily tempted, since I've been playing around with
>various ways of combining two ***y cone yarns (they're about the same
>width, allowing for one being boucle; the non-boucle is marked something
>like 2/24, or is that 24/2?) and had just seen some commercial I-cord
>yarn on another shelf in the same store. Since I'm still thinking about
>it, there's an off chance that I might finally go back and give in.
>So I guess my questions are, has anyone else used an I-cord crankmatic
>thingy and is it worth it, and does anyone have anything weird to report
>about using I-cord yarn? (The commercial stuff looked as if the original
>string was about the same thickness as embroidery floss, and the entire
>I-cord was maybe 4-5 mm wide but very flat, though not quite as flat as
>ribbon yarn.)

Not plastic and only $40? Where is this shop? What brand was the gadget?
That is a bargain. The only metal I-cord machine I've seen costs more
like $80 these days. I have one and love it. It will even knit fine wire
for jewelry. The thing to look for in these machines is whether they
work by moving the yarn round stationary needles that only go up and
down or whether the needles also rotate. If the needles also rotate, the
finished cord will tend to twist and tangle as it comes out. That makes
it quite unsuitable for knitting wire and a bit of a pain for yarn, too.

I have knit with the i-cord yarn to make chunky stuff out of thin stuff.
Kind of fun, but making any serious quantity of it makes you wish you
had a motor for the cord maker. There are plenty of other uses for the
cord, though. Take a look at Nicky Epstein's book on knitted
embellishments for some very good ideas. Looks great braided up as a
belt for instance.

This I-cord stuff is also nifty for weft when weaving. When I first got
mine that's what it was being touted for, using up leftover yarns to
make into weft for place mats and such.


 Helen "Halla" Fleischer,
 Fantasy & Fiber Artist in Fairland, MD USA

 
 
 

I-cord gadgets?

Post by Julie Li » Thu, 01 Jun 2000 04:00:00



Quote:

> Not plastic and only $40? Where is this shop? What brand was the
gadget?
> That is a bargain. The only metal I-cord machine I've seen costs more
> like $80 these days. I have one and love it. It will even knit fine
wire
> for jewelry. The thing to look for in these machines is whether they
> work by moving the yarn round stationary needles that only go up and
> down or whether the needles also rotate. If the needles also rotate,
the
> finished cord will tend to twist and tangle as it comes out. That
makes
> it quite unsuitable for knitting wire and a bit of a pain for yarn,

too.

Now I'm wondering whether I should spill the beans, or if someone else
is likely to run to the store and snatch it up first :)

The store is in the SF Bay area. Don't know about the needle details, as
I didn't take it out of the box. I think the labels were all in German,
*but* I might be confusing the actual box-in-person with various web
lookups to figure out what sort of thing it was.

Quote:
> I have knit with the i-cord yarn to make chunky stuff out of thin
stuff.
> Kind of fun, but making any serious quantity of it makes you wish you
> had a motor for the cord maker. There are plenty of other uses for the
> cord, though. Take a look at Nicky Epstein's book on knitted
> embellishments for some very good ideas. Looks great braided up as a
> belt for instance.

> This I-cord stuff is also nifty for weft when weaving. When I first
got
> mine that's what it was being touted for, using up leftover yarns to
> make into weft for place mats and such.

Cool. I can readily envision coming up with odd faux-Rastafarian
barrettes as well.

I suspect the crank might be connectable to any rotary device. Hauling
it to the gym and attaching it to an exercise bicycle would be
entertaining. "Keep cycling! Go for the burn! I still need another 50
yards!" (I didn't say it would be *my* exercise bicycle.)

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I-cord gadgets?

Post by Helen Fleische » Sat, 03 Jun 2000 04:00:00




Quote:
>> Not plastic and only $40? Where is this shop? What brand was the
>gadget?
>Now I'm wondering whether I should spill the beans, or if someone else
>is likely to run to the store and snatch it up first :)

Well you're safe from me. SF is a long way to run from MD!

Quote:
>The store is in the SF Bay area. Don't know about the needle details, as
>I didn't take it out of the box. I think the labels were all in German,
>*but* I might be confusing the actual box-in-person with various web
>lookups to figure out what sort of thing it was.

Curiouser and curiouser. Mine is US-made, called a Hobby-Knit. I'd be
very interested to find out more about this German one.

Quote:
>Cool. I can readily envision coming up with odd faux-Rastafarian
>barrettes as well.

Sounds like the hat I keep meaning to make!

Quote:
>I suspect the crank might be connectable to any rotary device. Hauling
>it to the gym and attaching it to an exercise bicycle would be
>entertaining. "Keep cycling! Go for the burn! I still need another 50
>yards!" (I didn't say it would be *my* exercise bicycle.)

Oh I keep wishing I could attach a drive belt to my bike to run things
like that. A friend of mine had her husband rig up her bike to power the
head off an Ashford spinning wheel. There's an even fancier "spin cycle"
in this month's Spin-Off.

I wonder if I could fit a pulley onto the crank of my Hobby-knit? I'll
have to browse the hardware store and look at their pulleys.


 Helen "Halla" Fleischer,
 Fantasy & Fiber Artist in Fairland, MD USA

 
 
 

I-cord gadgets?

Post by Charlene McCreigh » Mon, 05 Jun 2000 04:00:00


If you decide to purchase this gadget and like it would you let us know.
Thanks
Char
Portland, OR