21 March 2015

knitting mill (2)

In my last post I was having difficulties with my newly purchased knitting mill. I contacted the seller and seemingly double knit / 8 ply yarn is too thick and she suggested 4 ply / fingering. I also looked at a tutorial on you tube, see here - so thanks Helen (who writes the Midget Gem Quilts blog) for suggesting that. No problems with the 4 ply and I got it going first time.....

As the cord gets longer, you have to move the weight further up, the tutorial shows how to do this by using a clothes peg. It's a pity the manufacturer hadn't come up with something.

The cord grows very quickly and would be a good way to use up leftover sock yarn. Fluffy yarn or yarn that splits easy wouldn't be very successful, but I was all chuffed I got it working in the end.
Now having mastered the technique, my next post will be ideas that you can use the i-cord for.

Till next time, Ali.


  1. Brilliant news that you got it sorted out. Can't wait for your next post to see how you're using it.

  2. glad to have been of use! Looking forward to seeing what you do? Carpets for dolls houses? small coasters for wine glasses? cords for reading glasses?

  3. Well done Ali, you've got a lot further with it than I ever did!!
    V x

  4. Wayhey! Fabulous that you have got into a new rhythm!
    Looking forward to seeing your ideas to Ali
    Ali x

  5. Yay! Glad you got it working!

  6. Oh wow, I've never seen one of these before. It looks like a complicated french knitting doll, but maybe a quicker way to do it? xx

  7. What ana amazing machine! Glad you managed to get it going.
    Jacqui xx

  8. I like the sound of helenjean's idea, i-cord for my glasses would be great and I love that pink colour you are using.

  9. This looks like great fun. Therapeutic x


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