I know Knit and Crochet Blog Week is officially over now, but like any overdue project, I'm still committed to seeing it through. Here's my post for Day 6.
Originally I had planned to write this post about Schacht's new Zoom Loom - a pin loom that I've been reading about on the Ravelry boards and which seems like good fun for quick and easy weaving.
While I'm coveting it, its not readily available in the Uk as yet so it's going to be a bit of a wait for me on that one.
But as luck would have it, being at Wonderwool in Builth Wells this past weekend meant that there were plenty of tools to ogle and be inspired by. And I fell down when fate faced me with what probably my favourite tool of all time.
A yarn bowl is a smallish bowl often made of pottery or ceramic or even sometimes wood. It is large enough to comfortable hold a ball of yarn and will have some kind of angled notch on one side where the yarn can be pulled through. Yarn bowls are a very practical way to keep your ball of yarn from scampering all over the place or jumping off the sofa while knitting, and tidily away in a charming little vessel.
It's the charm of the yarn bowl that is usually what captivates me. The best yarn/wool shows or shops that I've tended to enjoy the most are filled with incredibly talented artisans and their wares. Indie yarn dyers, spinners, wood turners. And knowing that crafters appreciate other craft, they often share their space with other artists, which is often how I luck out finding lovely yarn bowls. It only makes sense that they be found with lovely hand dyed yarns!
Over my short career as a knitter I've somehow acquired a collection of yarn bowls. I don't always use them for yarn - often they look lovely sitting prettily on a shelf, with or without a different project's yarn tucked into them temptingly. And each one is special in it's own way.
There's the pale, yellow ceramic bowl - my first. It's simple and serviceable but the colour is so sunny that I always feel happy when I use it.
I have a honey-pot shaped one that was acquired at The Purple Purl from a local artist. It's taller, narrower shape holds the yarn well so that it doesn't pop out if I pull too hard on it.
And last year in honour of Knitty's 10th anniversary I treated myself to a limited edition yarn bowl by Jennie the Potter. It is even more special to me because I'd sought out one of her bowls at Rhinebeck the year before and was sad to find out they were all sold out before I even made it to her booth!
So no, I didn't really need another yarn bowl. But faced with the beautiful spalted beech wood, turned by hand by artist Keith Leonard, as it sat amidst the hand dyed beauties of Shearer Girl Yarns, I knew it was going to be my last purchase of the day.
If you've not had a chance to try out a yarn bowl yet, I highly recommend seeking one out at whatever yarn show you next attend. They're not always easy to find, but well worth it when you do!