A few weeks ago I wrote about a doodle flower randomiser that I found on Pinterest.
That image gave me an idea for how to randomise/choose tangles to use when you have a large collection like me. I have nearly 600 (and rapidly increasing) different tangle patterns in my collection and it’s really hard to figure out which ones to use sometimes. I tend to stick to the same ten or so, which is great, but it’s a shame for all those other ones.
So, I wrote an alphabetical list in Microsoft Excel, complete with a numbered column, because when I look at the file on my iPad through Dropbox it doesn’t show the numbers that Excel has.
And then I grabbed a D10 – that’s a 10 sided dice:
And then I rolled it three times. Simples!
For my first demonstration of this I drew a bit of a random string, and then I rolled. I rolled a 307, which turned out to be Strircles at the time. Then a 382, which was Zoya. Then 219 (Muzaky), 085 (Dex), 095 (Eddy), 059 (Cayla), 084 (Demi) and 075 (Crest). At this point I had one little tiny space left in my string and I rolled 268, which was Rixty. Now, this was just not going to work. There was no way I could fit Rixty in that tiny space, so I declared it a dead roll, and rolled again. I finished my first piece off with 012 (Antz).
I did a second example too. This one uses 196 (Loops), 050 (Bunzo), 010 (Amoeba), 109 (Facets), 363 (Well), 170 (Jonqal), 364 (Werm) and 038 (Blox).
So there you have it. My idea for how to pick a tangle to use when you have anything up to 999 tangles.
If you don’t have a D10, I found this map online that you can just print off onto card and create your own.