Yes, this is the same photo from the last post. The 'toy' is a lucet, and while I call it a toy, it actually is a tool that dates back to the Viking and medieval days, used to make cording or braiding to embellish clothing. The cording that it makes is square, very strong, slightly springy, and while it looks an awful lot like a knitted I-cord---when cut, it won't unravel.
The directions that came with it were rather sketchy (this usually means that a 6 year old can easily do it without directions at all). A little trial and a lot of error, and I discovered that if you yank the braid close to the tine that you are making the next loop over, the cording stays very tight and neat.
This started me thinking about all the different ways there are to make cording...simple plaiting, of course, and finger-loop braiding, but neither of those techniques use fun 'tools'. (I plait using a doorknob---not cool at all!)
But.....there is the Japanese kumihimo disk....
You are looking at the only thing I ever made with it. The Japanese have used braids made of multiple ends of fine silk threads for over 1200 years. They used the cording to lace the plates of Samurai armor together and to make the grip on Samurai sword handles; but after the Samurai were abolished in the 1800's, the braids were simply used decoratively as embellishments. The drawback to this method is...you must premeasure your yarn (or silk threads), predetermining the length of your cording. The plus is...if you get good at it, you can order a very cool wooden stand version (the marudai) that uses weights and counterweights. (I'll never be good enough to own this.)
My idea was to string this knitted beaded bead on it and make a necklace; unfortunately I can't quite figure out how to made a clasp. (Just another of the MANY UFOs kicking around!)
We can't forget the little tricotins (Knitting Nancys, French yarn dolls, spool knitting)....
They actually make a very nice cord...and like the lucet, you can make this cording as long as your ball of yarn holds out. (I used to turn grandchildren loose on this when I wanted some cording. They don't think it's quite so cool any more, so he's all mine, once more. I just found a 'woman' for him...she's old and coming from Greece!! We can't wait to welcome her.)
And last (but, certainly not least, I'm sure)...is the Embellish-Knit!
All I managed to create with this was a mess.