Like many knitters, I have a ridiculously large stash of yarn. Sometimes I buy it with a specific pattern in mind; often I just buy it on a whim with no plan for how I will use it. I am also a sucker for new crafts. When I saw the Lucet (also known as a knitting fork) at the Fiber Fest last weekend, I knew I would enjoy using it. It creates a braided cord somewhat reminiscent of macrame and can be used with almost any yarn or fiber. After experimenting with yarn left over from knitting my Clapotis shawl (of which Latke approves) and with the ribbon that I use for knitting necklaces, I started a cord using two strands of a fairly heavy yarn that has been sitting in my stash for years. The yarn was given to me and is a blend of fibers with enough mohair to make it too itchy for me to wear. My goal is to make a cord long enough to coil into a rug. But I have no idea how much yarn that will require so I might end up with place-mats or coasters instead. The braiding is easy and mindless - a good thing to do while binge-watching Orange is the New Black (my current obsession). Although I did not need a new craft, I am glad to have one which uses materials that are sitting in my stash. That way, I can justify buying more yarn (oh yeah, I did that last weekend also...)!
Randi D. Lebar
I closed my orthopaedic surgery practice in 2008 after becoming frustrated with the business of medicine. Over the next three years, I became a craft artist by accident. Or perhaps it was fate.