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Daylily
New Pal

USA
33 Posts

Posted - 02/28/2013 :  2:57:34 PM  Show Profile Send Daylily a Private Message  Reply with Quote
How many of you use yarn bowls to hold your ball of yarn when knitting? My hubby helped me. It used to contain biscotti. he cut the O out of the word on the lid and I used nail board to smooth the edges so the yarn wouldd not get caught on it

Daylily, another one tomorrow

LJ
Permanent Resident

USA
1939 Posts

Posted - 02/28/2013 :  4:25:26 PM  Show Profile  Visit LJ's Homepage Send LJ a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I'll bet that's really cute. I have one and it sits on my mantle as "decoration" because "it's to pretty to use" LOL

Linda in Va

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kkknitter
Seriously Hooked

699 Posts

Posted - 03/01/2013 :  09:10:20 AM  Show Profile Send kkknitter a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I use one made out of wood crafted by a local wood working artist and I really love it. It is smooth and snag free and looks very user friendly.
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lucybug
Chatty Knitter

USA
103 Posts

Posted - 03/01/2013 :  11:07:43 AM  Show Profile Send lucybug a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have a pottery yarn bowl that my husband gave me for Christmas a couple of years ago. I use it when I have round balls of yarn -- it works really well. I also use it to collect ends when I have a ton to weave in so the cats don't pick them up as they fly around the room.

Pam in the Colorado mountains
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dothead
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
545 Posts

Posted - 03/01/2013 :  3:26:55 PM  Show Profile Send dothead a Private Message  Reply with Quote
MY friend gave me a yarn bowl. I love it. It sits on a shelf when it is not in use.

Vicki, the Constant Lurker(who sometimes stops lurking and actually posts)
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Mshark
Warming Up

USA
90 Posts

Posted - 03/07/2013 :  4:21:56 PM  Show Profile Send Mshark a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Yarn bowls are a great invention (although not indestructible ... which is why I now have one rather than two!). The best are made by knitters or by people who really know what knitters need so that the slot for the yarn is well-shaped and the bowl is deep enough to keep the cake of yarn from jumping out.

Miriam
Knitshark
Yarn Longa Vita Brevis Est

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emmyc
Chatty Knitter

USA
204 Posts

Posted - 03/08/2013 :  05:51:30 AM  Show Profile Send emmyc a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I've just been ogling the collection at blue moon pottery. Now i really want one!

emmyc
winchester ma
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ikkivan
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USA
545 Posts

Posted - 03/09/2013 :  2:19:33 PM  Show Profile  Visit ikkivan's Homepage Send ikkivan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
While my grandddaughter was taking a pottery class in college, I sent her photos of pottery yarn bowls and bells ... HINT, HINT ... but by the time she saw them, she was through with the class, so I still don't have one. Sigh. And after all those socks I made her, too!

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time. (OkieDokieKnitter on Ravelry)
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sockjoan
Warming Up

Australia
60 Posts

Posted - 03/14/2013 :  12:39:01 AM  Show Profile Send sockjoan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
If I'm knitting from the outside of the ball, I put it in a 1kg plastic honey tub. This has a flexible plastic snap-on lid, out of which I have cut an arc to allow the yarn to feed through it with the lid shut. Works a treat!
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jlpanecki
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USA
43 Posts

Posted - 03/14/2013 :  07:38:07 AM  Show Profile Send jlpanecki a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I had a very vintage leather one - it was ideal for small balls of yarn, but not so great for bulky yarn. I used it to keep the yarn clean and nearby. Eventually the little grommet on the lid was lost, and the leather was too rough to let the yarn flow smoothly. All of the leather had gotten dry over the years, but I kept it for storing stitch holders and a few safety pins and my stitch markers. Just before we moved last year, something got spilled on it, so it was thrown away.

I now use my small yarn bag with a fabric loop inside, the wooden handles hold the yarn ball safely inside, and away from inquiring cats!

Janet
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harperbardknits
New Pal

USA
3 Posts

Posted - 03/14/2013 :  08:05:21 AM  Show Profile Send harperbardknits a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I am quite fortunate in that my dear husband is an incredible woodworker/craftsman. I have several yarn bowls of varying sizes, shapes...absolutely beautiful and a dream to knit with! HE also builds lovely folk harp on which I play professionally as a Music Practitioner. Now - if I could just do away with all the 'day jobs' I could play and knit with these lovingly crafted items!!! Ah well, we enjoy when we can and are grateful for those blissful times! BTW knitters: if any of you would like to order one of David's gorgeous yarn bowls, i'm happy to send you photos. You can contact us @ harplovers@yahoo.com for further inquiries!

Cheers and happy knitting today!

harper

harper
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CatherineS
New Pal

USA
3 Posts

Posted - 03/14/2013 :  08:34:25 AM  Show Profile Send CatherineS a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I use a large ziploc bag that I keep in my knitting caddy. Certainly not as attractive as a yarn bowl, but it holds even large skeins and keeps the yarn clean, I can open and close the top of it as much as needed, and I can easily stick it in my tote to take along with my knitting project.
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robinstephanie
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USA
1260 Posts

Posted - 03/14/2013 :  08:42:36 AM  Show Profile Send robinstephanie a Private Message  Reply with Quote
quote:
I am quite fortunate in that my dear husband is an incredible woodworker/craftsman. I have several yarn bowls of varying sizes, shapes...absolutely beautiful and a dream to knit with!


They do sound beautiful, Harper.

Robinsteph

Different is good. ~Matthew Hoover
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lasolue13
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1 Posts

Posted - 03/14/2013 :  09:57:10 AM  Show Profile  Visit lasolue13's Homepage Send lasolue13 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I recently saw an inventive DIY yarn storage: if the yarn is wound into a centre-pull ball with a wool winder, simply stick it onto one of those CD/DVD spindles. On the cover, cut out the centre hole and smooth the edges. Voilą: your perfect, easy access yarn bowl. You can even use your scrap booking skills to make the outside cover look nicer.

Just pour me my tea, hand me my knitting, and slowly back away....(winemakerssister)
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linda03824
New Pal

USA
2 Posts

Posted - 03/14/2013 :  4:22:23 PM  Show Profile Send linda03824 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I purchased my yarn bowl in Vermont.However, it is used upside down and looks like a bee skep with the hole on the top for dispensing the yarn. I keep it on a plate so my yarn stays clean even though it is on the floor for easy access (and looks great).If the yarn is fed through the hole on the top I am tied to that one location as I don't consider this thrown-pot portable. My husband drilled a hole on the lip of the bowl, I sanded it very smooth, and now I have it all--except for enough time!
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kare
New Pal

18 Posts

Posted - 03/14/2013 :  5:38:46 PM  Show Profile Send kare a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have a nice large one that my husband got me for Christmas. It's from Cloud's Pottery in town and has many different size holes, so it adapts to many sizes of yarn. When I'm not using it, it sets on my end table and is a beautiful decoration.
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cindyh1057
New Pal

USA
2 Posts

Posted - 03/14/2013 :  8:41:07 PM  Show Profile Send cindyh1057 a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I saw a cute idea on pinterest for a yarn bowl. Someone used an old teapot and ran the yarn through the spout! Secondhand stores have all kinds of teapots. Cindyh
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Southern Gal
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1 Posts

Posted - 03/15/2013 :  07:41:13 AM  Show Profile  Visit Southern Gal's Homepage Send Southern Gal a Private Message  Reply with Quote
Great ideas here. and now i have an idea as to what to do with my lavazza coffee tins ... once they are washed and aired out and spraypainted - the perfect size for a yarn holder!
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ikkivan
Gabber Extraordinaire

USA
545 Posts

Posted - 03/15/2013 :  1:07:45 PM  Show Profile  Visit ikkivan's Homepage Send ikkivan a Private Message  Reply with Quote
As does CatherineS, I use lots of Ziploc bags, usually quart size, but I cut off a bottom corner through which to thread the yarn. Extremely lightweight, totally portable, cheap, keeps the yarn clean and visible.

I also have a "yarntainer" I made years ago from a 2-litre soda bottle ... I cut off the solid-color bottom to make it two-piece, then the clear top part is pushed down into the bottom. Take it apart, put in a skein of yarn, thread the yarn up through the top hole and push the two pieces back together. I don't ever buy soda pop anymore so don't even know if the plastic bottles are still like that.

Donna, with intentions always bigger than her available time. (OkieDokieKnitter on Ravelry)
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Grand-moogi
Seriously Hooked

Australia
783 Posts

Posted - 03/22/2013 :  11:37:48 AM  Show Profile Send Grand-moogi a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I did not even know there were such things as yarn bowls. I have on occasion put my balls of wool (sorry, yarn) into a mixing bowl but that is an open bowl, not closed in with a hole for the yarn.
I learn something new every time I visit this forum.


I knit a hug into every stitch
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Nelliebean
New Pal

2 Posts

Posted - 03/23/2013 :  10:11:46 AM  Show Profile Send Nelliebean a Private Message  Reply with Quote
I have a beautiful yarn bowl that has a swirl of stripes around it. I love the look of handthrown pottery. Knitting is my passion and I decided to treat myself to something unique and special while at the recent Stitches West event in Santa Clara. I use it all the time while knitting on the couch.
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