I’m still working on the light shade. In fact, I’ve been sitting in the sun this week for an hour or so each day while sanding conduit slices smooth and sticking them together. In the evenings, when I’d normally be knitting while watching TV, I’ve been sticking self-adhesive copper foil inside the circular slices, an incredibly fiddly procedure.
I’ve glued together a number of rosettes on the beach ball, having first covered a small area of it with papier maché so I don’t have to worry about inadvertently sticking conduit to the ball. And I stuck a plastic cap onto the papier maché to keep the central ring from sliding about while I stick oval slices to it.
I’m not sure yet how many rosettes I’ll need in total, I’ll have to make a few more and see what proportion of the ball’s surface they cover. And I can’t decide whether to separate them with plain rings or try to cover the whole ball with only rosettes. The weight is becoming a slight concern, given that I reckon I need something like 80-100 rosettes, depending on how big a hole I leave at the bottom to allow the bulb to be changed.
Fiddling with sticky foil tape doesn’t really fill the knitting void, and I had nothing to take to my knitting group the other day, so I’ve cast on a lacy scarf using the off-white viscose yarn I used for my last project, the Nightsongs shawl.
This scarf is called Vigneto Wrap. I didn’t realise until I had already cast on that the lace is worked on the purl side rows as well as the knit side, which means 100% concentration is required. No subtitled films for me until it’s done.
Progress is slow. I haven’t even managed one of the 12-row repeats yet, and it’s not looking impressive. But I’m heartened by the fact that my Nightsongs looked like an old dischcloth until I’d blocked it.
The scarf is worked from the centre to one end, and then the stitches from the provisional cast-on at the start are put back on the needle and the second half is knitted. As an added complication, there’s an applied edging. This is all rather new to me, I’m just following the instructions and trying not to panic.