Christmas round-up

My dear husband’s socks were not finished in time for Christmas. They have advanced quite nicely, but work is still required. They will be New Year socks instead.

Almost-finished socksI am waiting to knit the welts when I’m sure I won’t run out of grey yarn on the second sock.

My mystery plywood project has also taken several steps forward. I think you can now see that it will be a lampshade.

Plywood lampshadeThe original plan was for it to be a sphere made up of 60 identical elements, but I hadn’t thought properly a) how it would be attached to the lampholder, and b) having done that, how the bulb could then be changed in the future without laboriously dismantling a large part of it. Instead of the arrangement shown above I now have a central “spider” through which the flex passes – and is held in place with a cable gland that grips the flex – and 5 modified elements each with one stumpy leg.

Spider for lampshadeI still need to laser-cut another dozen or so elements, then dismantle the shade and paint the inside of all the elements white. By the time I’ve done that there is every possibility that the nylon nuts and bolts I’ve ordered will have arrived and the (mostly) steel ones I’ve used for the temporary assembly can be replaced.

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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