Sunday, July 15, 2007

Yarn Dispenser Directions

My McGyver like husband and supervising son built this for me for Mother's Day to hold my yarn still during projects. I can be knitting with two skeins of yarn at the same time. Below are his directions:

Yarn Dispenser:
I made a yarn dispenser for 2 spools of yarn for my wife. While a bit utilitarian looking, it seems to work. I chose CPVC over wood dowels as the surface is slicker and the yarn does not catch. Essentially, it is a board (pre-finished shelf from a book case that was left over from another project) with galvanized threaded flanges screwed to it. The felt pads are on the bottom to allow it to sit on the coffee table without scratching it (ha, like that matters anymore with my kids around) I took 2 - 8" pieces of CPVC pipe and made one of the following for each flange. The pipe has a 1/2 slip to 1/2 male thread on one end and a CPVC cap on the other. Down on the end above the threaded side I put a chrome flange plate (that thing you see behind the toilet that covers the pipe where it hits the wall). The chrome flange plate acts as a rest for the ball of yarn to sit on and spin freely. The caps allow the yarn to be slipped on to the pipe without catching and act as a stop to keep it from sliding off when she "really gets-a-movin". Since I had so much pipe, I made a couple of extra pipes with the threads and caps. This gives her the ability to have 4 colors queued up to work at any time as she generally has multiple project going at that same time.

Total cost - $9 and it took me about 20 minutes to make.

Materials List:
1 board - any size large enough to support the flanges. I used 1" x 8" x 12"
8 - #8 x 3/4" wood screws
2 - 1/2 threaded galvanized flanges
2 - 1/2 CPVC Male threaded adapters
2 - 1/2 Chrome flanges
2 - 1/2 x 8" CPVC pipe (Home depot made me buy 10 feet)
2 - 1/2 CPVC caps
4 - Felt Pads

Thank you, Weaselboy and Bear! I love you!


rho said...

ok -- that is too cool - I am copying and pasting that for my DH to see....

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Louisa said...

What a great husband you have!

Darlene said...

Super! Thank you for sharing with us.