I have still been knitting on my “cattail” using my handmade knitting nancy spool. It is a very easy, relaxing type of yarn craft that I will pick up for those times when I don’t want to have to concentrate to hard on a project or count stitches as I crochet.
You can check out my Knitting Nancy blog to see exactly how to make a spool and how to start your yarn to begin forming your tail! As you can see by the picture, my “tail” is quite long, presently measuring 131 inches or a little over 3 1/2 yards long. My goal is to roll my tail into a circle to make a nice trivet or mat for a hot bowl to protect the dining table top.
At present, it measures almost 8 inches in diameter and I think I will make it just a little wider but probably not more than 10 inches. Of course, this will leave me with just enough yarn to make a small pom pom!! Yarn scraps?? hmm – working on some ways to use them up because I just cannot bear to trash them or maybe I will find a local 4H group and donate all my tiny yarn balls to them. Like that idea!!
Anyways I digress, my trivet will be sewn together with a nice quilting weight cotton thread. Connecting Threads has some great collections of these threads in a wide variety of colors too, which are wonderful for machine or hand sewing projects.
I think I started a new skein of yarn for this project, a category 4 yarn, worsted weight. I just used a size 5 hook to lift my lower loop over the top loop to create the knit looking tail.
When I am ready to bind off, I will do another blog with close up pictures so you can see the actual binding off process.
Some fun ideas to use your “tail” for would be a set of coasters, cool bookmarks, glue some googlie eyes and make a snake for a little one, make three tails and sew together at one end and braid them for a bracelet or headband, placemats even a small rug.
I’m looking forward to completing this one and having it ready for my kitchen table!!
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I haven’t actually researched the correct terminology for the knitted cord that is created from completing your loops on a Knitting Nancy which really look similar to an I-cord; however, I still like to refer to it as my “cat’s tail”!! 🙂
Presently, my cat’s tail measures 76 inches or 193.04 cm and it is stirring all kinds of ideas as to what I want to create. I can definitely curl itself around and make a super trivet to protect my table from a hot dish. If I make the trivet, I could combine it with my hot pads and dish clothes for a cool, handmade hostess gift.
Also, have given some thought to designing a unique wrapped necklace. Leaving long loops and covering the joined area with a really one-of-a-kind tubular bead. Hmm, maybe I will just have to keep the necklace for myself if I end up making that idea!!
I’ve been into yarn bowls too and I think I could take a ceramic bowl and wrap the tail around the outside of it for a size pattern, stitch together, and then maybe create a unique loop edge as a finishing touch.
I know whatever I design, my “cat’s tail” still needs to be longer, I am planning to have a finished length of 160 inches or 406.4 cm. So when I really need some down time that doesn’t require any counting of stitches or decreases/increases or watching my gauge, I just sit with my favorite cup of tea and go round and round with my spool knitting. Only having to untwist my tail periodically to keep it smooth. It makes for a very relaxing time for me. 🙂
Tip: I will use a coordinating DMC floss (2-3 strands) as my sewing thread when I begin to stitch my cord together. Will probably have to do some pinning also to hold my coils in place.
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