I really do not like knitting i-cord. I think part of the reason is that I can't develop a rhythm. So it is a constant start/stop procedure, which isn't fun. I look at patterns where the designer did lots of it (Nicki Epstein comes to mind) and wonder if she actually did it via a machine, whether a spool knitter or a big one. Not a problem, it doesn't feel like cheating to me. I'd do it if I had a machine that could take the yarn size. I hate it enough that my good blogless friend Dianne offered to knit some up on her machine, so I could avoid doing it. The package arrived in the mail today. It makes the Tomten sweater so much better! It went from a very utilitarian toddler's jacket to CUTE! I'll post pictures tomorrow. It is so cute, in fact, that I'm considering knitting up pockets, edging them with the leftover i-cord and attaching them.
Either I send off the yarn that was in the surplice sweater to Dianne for her to make i-cord for a tie for that sweater, or I'm going to cast on the appropriate number of stitches for the length I need for it, knit 4 rows and bind off. I've not decided. Perhaps a small swatch would be in order. I just know that if I try to knit an i-cord belt/tie, it won't get done.
I'm not sure what has triggered asthma this time, but something has. Blech I've nebbed 3 times today.