During the nice weather, my husband keeps himself busy, and happy, outdoors working in his veggie patch or doing other “stuff” outside. During the colder, autumn & winter time, he has other occupations that keep him busy indoors, in his little workshop. What he enjoys doing is renovating objects, especially wood.
I was sitting knitting the other evening, cursing & swearing as my ball of yarn rolled off my lap for the umpteenth time . . . then proceeded to continue rolling and unravelling on our tiled floor, getting covered in dog hair in the process . . . and then being chased under the sofa by a cat! I had tried keeping my ball of yarn in my knitting bag, just pulling gently on the yarn, so it unravelled inside the bag, as I needed. But then Ducky (also known as “6 kilo of cat” decided the bag made a nice bed. And you try unravelling yarn in bag when a cat is lying on it! You can tug all you like, nothing happens.
Anyway . . . my little brain started wandering and I remembered having read about knitters with snazzy yarn holders or yarn bowls. I googled a few images, to see what they looked like, and was thinking of ordering a yarn holder, seeing it as a necessary gadget rather than a waste of money. However, when the husband looked over my shoulder, realising I had some interesting objects made in wood on screen, we got to talking about how easy it must be to make one. Now, I have to add here that the husband doesn’t have a proper woodwork workshop. He doesn’t have any special tools for furniture making/wood-turning (I think that’s the term?) . . . and seeing the cost of yarn holders on line, we agreed it wasn’t worth the cost of buying any special supplies in, since it would be cheaper to buy one ready-made. Saying that, the previous owner of this house WAS a professional woodworker, and he left lots of “bits” upstairs in the attic. When I say “bits”, I mean wood, not tools.
After a scout around in the attic, getting covered in dust, I unearthed an old round wooden coffee table, and a couple of half-finished wooden knobs. No idea what the knobs were for. Maybe bedknobs or even feet for furniture. Whatever . . . the husband had a good look at what I’d found. Asked a few pertinent questions as to what it was I needed, and set to work.
And this is what he came up with. The base was originally the base of a rickety round coffee table. Then there’s a giant knob. And the spike, is actually a (broken) piece of rod from an old black powder rifle (the rod originally being used to ram black powder and ammunition down the barrel).
Husband had understood that the thing needed to swivel on an axe. So . . . recycling a few metal parts, the underside of base looks like this. And some adhesive felt to protect furniture.
The metal rod holding another metal piece in place upon which rests the middle section of the holder.
And voilà! I discovered, when using my new yarn holder for the first time, that the husband went to a lot of unnecessary trouble working out the swivel mechanism. The ball of yarn is so light, it actually swivels on it’s own, when I give a gentle tug on yarn. But husband doesn’t mind. He enjoyed the problem solving process and the fact that middle section swivels on the base whether I need it to or not. So, husband was happy because I gave him an interesting recyling/upcycling job to do. I’m a happy bunny because it’s exactly what I needed. Husband is doubly happy because I’m happy . . . and I’ve set him a new challenge, to make me something useful with the round top of the rickety old coffee table!