It works!

I finished my Lazy Whoever and I’m finding it a delight to knit with. No more tugging at my yarn, wondering if I’ll break it. The turntable just spins happily on a table in front of me. And, as ever, part of the delight is knowing it cost me next to nothing to make. I didn’t need to go out and buy anything for it.

Finished yarn holderIt took a lot of effort with sandpaper to get rid of the ridges that my inexpert handling of the router had caused, but now that it’s polished it looks quite professional. I’m least satisfied with the slice off a log that I made the yarn-holding rotating platform from. It’s a completely different colour to the oak base. Some day when I come across a better-looking piece of hardwood I’ll replace it. We don’t have any oak trees in the garden, I’ll have to keep my eyes open for a suitably sized fallen oak branch when I’m out and about, then I can pop back with a saw and cut a cheeky slice from it.

Toothmarks in dowel

The dowel I used for the central spindle and the yarn guide needs replacing too. Again, it’s not oak but it is a better match colourwise than the beech platform. The problem is, its surface is covered in little holes. I must have let the cat play with it when he was a kitten, those tiny toothmarks are unmistakeable.

Hardwood floor suppliers usually make matching dowels for filling screw holes. I’ll have to try to buy a length of oak the next time I find myself near a flooring shop. In the meantime, I’ve shortened the yarn guide dowel by an inch or so, which suits the reel of linen I’m currently knitting with much better.

For anyone who might feel inclined to make a similar yarn turntable, I’ve written up the project step-by-step on Instructables: Lazy Kate Yarn Turntable. You don’t need to be a member to view it but if you are, please vote for it in the current woodworking contest which lasts for about three more weeks. I haven’t any chance at all of winning a prize – there are some real woodworking craftsmen and women out there – but getting a few votes will lift my spirits and may even convince me to spend more time on woodwork. But wait a minute, that would mean less time for knitting, sewing and everything else, wouldn’t it?

Purl Soho pullover

Lightweight Raglan PulloverTalking of that, I haven’t made much progress with my linen jumper this week, thanks to all the time spend sanding and applying Danish Oil to the yarn holder. But there isn’t too far to go now to the armhole, when I’ll have to stop and knit the sleeves instead.

About yorkshirecrafter

I live and work in West Yorkshire.  I've always enjoyed crafts of all types, from woodwork to lace-making.  I also enjoy anything mathematical, which makes knitting a favourite pastime, especially complicated designs.  I've been advising businesses and industry on environmental matters for 30 years and also have an interest in green living, especially where it saves me money. I live with my husband and our Maine Coon in a 100-year-old cottage that constantly needs something doing to it.  Fortunately, I enjoy DIY too.
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