It’s been the best part of a fortnight since I last posted and there’s a reason for that – it’s got to the time of year when I suddenly realise there won’t be too many more days when the weather is good enough to do all the outdoor tasks that need doing before the winter. I’ve been busy painting woodwork at the front of the house, including the porch doors, door frame and an excessive number of decorative spindles. It’s about 2/3 completed so far, but when that’s done there are a couple of roof-level jobs too, including fitting a “birdcage” vent terminal that I’ve 3D printed onto our soil pipe.
I couldn’t find a white one locally (we replaced the grey PVC soil pipe and other external waste pipework from the bathroom with white not long ago, to match the colour of the render), so I thought I’d try and make one. It’s the longest 3D print I’ve ever done at just over 7 hours, and the shape was just on the edge of what is feasible without support, because I wanted to use PETG filament for its waterproof properties. Unfortunately, supports don’t break off cleanly from PETG.
I had to cheat a little by printing the cap at the top separately and gluing it onto the birdcage part. The print isn’t perfect – the ribs are a little uneven towards the top and would definitely have been improved by supports – but it should suffice. All it has to do is keep leaves out in the autumn and prevent birds from nesting on it in the spring.
When I haven’t been outside painting I’ve found time to start a couple of textiles projects. First, I’ve cast on a lacy scarf to use up the fine linen yarn remaining from my recent shawl.
It’s called Branching Out and is available for free on Knitty.com. I’m adding beads again, because well, I have beads left over from the shawl too and why not?
The second new project is a blouse I’ve cut out from a long cotton skirt I haven’t worn in years. The pattern I used is even older, it’s a classic shirt style that I first made in 1979. More about that next time, and also another patterned plywood project that I’m planning.