July 13, 2005
New stuff, new stuff! (not for me)
Look at this great new stuff: Cotton Wrapping Twine by Wellington, cotton/polyester blend.
What am I up to now?
One word: ArtBeat
ArtBeat is a great... program, celebration, fair, gathering, I don't know what you'd call it! Local artists of all kinds and Somerville residents come together for a day of art in Davis Square, Somerville. It's huge, crowded, loud, and if the weather is in our favor, a little sticky (otherwise, a little wet, which is no fun at all).
This year my Sunday knitting group petitioned for a table at the fair to teach people how to knit and spin. And the application was accepted! I hope to see you there on Saturday if you live in the area!
We have a lot of projects planned, and the one I contributed is making a drink coaster out of household cotton twine. It's quick, and it's something to take home and admire. Here she is!
Cute and easy! And, I'd be totally cool with making a set of 6, wrapping them with some nice ribbon and giving them as a housewarming gift. Here my drug of choice models the coaster:
Math is very important for this project because the Somerville Arts Council gave us a budget for supplies. On US 9 needles (which are the same diameter as chopsticks... coincidence? I think not!), a coaster that is 3 1/2" X 3 1/2" takes about 28 feet of yarn, so one twine ball makes about 18 coasters. Do you hear that, Martha? Should I buy more, or are 3 balls enough? I think we can get away with making 3" X 3" coasters, which was my original intention anyway, thus doling out the yarn more sparingly. Note to self: 3" - cast on 11 sts.
How do I feel about teaching knitting using this material? Pretty good. Because it's a cotton blend, it's quite stretchy and surprisingly comfortable to work with! The stitches are sharp, easy to see, and there is no splitting. The only minus - the twine is a little overspun, so it coils up on itself. That's it, I'm writing a letter to the mill, complaining that their cotton twine is substandard quality!
There's a simple basket pattern in Comforts of Home: Simple Knitted Accents which calls for using this type of string. It always caught my attention, and now that I've used this yarn, I would not hesitate to make it!