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In which an old dog attempts to learn new tricks.
Homemade book snake
I know it’s considered bad manners to read at the dining table, but it’s one of the few times I can read without feeling guilty, however, I’ve always struggled to keep the book open so I can read without having to hold it. Over the years I’ve used various things, usually a hole punch, to keep the book flat, but our current hole punch is very large and cumbersome and casts a shadow over the pages.

Recently I was watching a programme about old books on TV and the presenter had a book weight that looked like a white snake. (In fact I’ve just googled and discovered that they are called snake weights!). “That’s what I need!” I thought. I suspected they might be quite expensive, so I wondered how I could make one.

My first thought was a length of chain in a crochet tube, but the chain in the local builders’ merchant wasn’t heavy enough. I was stumped for a moment and then I thought, pebbles!

A quick trip to a nearby river provided me with 14 suitably sized pebbles then I just crocheted a simple net of trebles (US double crochet) around them.

It was all improvised, but I found that 5 or 6 trebles with either 1 or 2 chains between worked well, depending on the size of the pebble.

Crochet & pebble book weight

I’m delighted to say that it didn’t take long to make and it works really well! All it cost was a little time and patience.

Crochet & pebble book weight

Current Mood: accomplished accomplished

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sartorias From: sartorias Date: October 6th, 2016 10:26 am (UTC) (Link)
That is seriously cool.
poliphilo From: poliphilo Date: October 6th, 2016 11:12 am (UTC) (Link)
From: cmcmck Date: October 6th, 2016 11:29 am (UTC) (Link)
Great idea.

Now those you could easily sell! :o)
queenoftheskies From: queenoftheskies Date: October 6th, 2016 01:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Ooooh...that is so cool!
threeringedmoon From: threeringedmoon Date: October 6th, 2016 04:07 pm (UTC) (Link)
Great project. I think there is a heavy piece of chain in the garage: I could sew a stretchy wrap to go over it.

dancinghorse From: dancinghorse Date: October 6th, 2016 04:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I second the observation that you could sell these. They'd be a hit at conventions.
julesjones From: julesjones Date: October 6th, 2016 06:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
That's seriously impressive. :-)
del_c From: del_c Date: October 6th, 2016 08:02 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'm surprised it took you so long to notice the snake weights in television history programmes, but now you have, your artisanal version is a brilliant invention! I keep thinking there ought to be an easy way for you to own that idea for a few years. Copyright is easy but inapplicable, patent is applicable but not easy.

I still think you could sell them though.
From: kaishin108 Date: October 7th, 2016 12:48 am (UTC) (Link)
That is really, really neat! You are quite clever. And I use a stapler, ahh hah!

(I read while I eat too, and so did my mom. I find it quite relaxing).
hairmonger From: hairmonger Date: October 12th, 2016 05:26 pm (UTC) (Link)
I have always used another book.

Mary Anne in Kentucky
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