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Yarn Bowl and other stuff

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Look at my new crafty purchase! It’s a beautiful yarn bowl from the Flying Tiger. Not something I’ve been planning to buy, even though I’ve thought about it a couple of times because of my cats. They always hunt my yarn so I have to be extra careful not to drop it while knitting (and the ball of yarn tends to jump all over my desk or coach which gives them many opportunities to catch it), and they always shed, even if it’s much less now than in summer. We buy lint rollers in Ikea in crazy amounts and I keep vacuuming all the time, but I can’t eradicate the fur in 100%. And when I drop the ball of yarn to the floor, it inevitably collects some cat hair which end up knitted into my work and I hate it. So yes… that, combined with a good price (6 euro) convinced me to give it a try and buy a yarn bowl.

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A pair of autumn socks in the making

And you know what? Why haven’t I done that earlier?! It’s so convenient, keeps the yarn sitting neatly in one place, never getting lost, never catching any hair – a definite improvement!

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Also, the colours match my new doily πŸ™‚

I also wanted to share with those of you who crochet and might be looking for some inspiration a new CAL hosted by Pippin Poppycock – Havana blanket. The blanket (designed by Tinna Thorudottir) is just gorgeous. I’m super tempted to join, but I already have other things I’m working on and the blanket requires a lot of yarn, which I really can’t afford right now. But I’m definitely going to follow the posts and keep the pattern for some other time. It’s just too beautiful not to crochet it πŸ™‚

I’m working on a few small and quick, stash-busting projects these days – new socks and some baby clothes for a charity auction – enjoying the first days with chilly mornings and the smell of autumn in the air. Work is also kind of relaxed, not very much to do – until the first week of October when I’ll have to participate in 3 days long video conference. Usually at time of the year I’d be going to Brussels for a kick-off meeting and training, but since this year we started earlier (in June) and with changed work schedule, the idea is that we will only discuss our projects online. I don’t think I’ve ever participated in a video conference that went completely smoothly, especially when so many people from nearly all the European countries have to be present at once, so I’m looking forward to this event πŸ˜‰

And for now, I’d like to wish everyone another good week! Ciri, even though she’s busy hunting, is also sending her best wishes.

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Ciri is a case of identity confusion. Sometimes I think she believes she’s a dog, especially whenever she growls at things or plays fetch:)

12 thoughts on “Yarn Bowl and other stuff

    1. Fingers crossed! They also had some nice yarn (acrylic but seemed very soft and it was a colourful whirl/cake) but I managed not to buy it πŸ˜‰
      Usually yarn bowls are quite expensive, so this one is really a catch.

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  1. You got a great deal on that beautiful bowl! It’s only been in the last couple of years that you could find purpose made bowls like these. I’m glad potters have risen to the challenge.

    I hate pull skeins and “yarn cakes” with a passion — I’ve always knit from a ball, and I’ve put my ball of yarn in a bowl for years. I do have a specifically made for knitting yarn bowl but it’s quite large (casserole size) and I only use it when I’m double or triple stranding or doing Fair Isle color work as it is large enough to accommodate multiple balls of yarn and has a lid that has multiple “yarn guides” cut into it. But when I first started doing that, there weren’t such things as “knitting bowls.” I just used regular “dishes” bowls. Trial and error led me to ones that work well for me. (I have a bowl at my computer desk, and a matching bowl in my “knitting nook” and I have a heavy molded glass salad bowl that I call my “big ball bowl.” LOL!) If somebody didn’t know whether they would like using a bowl, they could just use a “dishes” bowl for a bit and see how they like it. If they did, there are so many options for beautiful purpose-made knitting bowls like this one.

    BTW, the kind of bowls that work best are made of heavier materials like crockery, pottery or glass. Plastic is way too light and china is also too light; either will slide and/or tip over when you pull on the yarn. The bowl should be at least 3-inches deep, fairly small in diameter (6-8 inches) and have bell-shaped or inward curving sides. One of the ladies in my knitting group uses a large soup tureen she found at a charity shop — she has a small dog and a young grandchild and the tureen is big enough she can put her project inside it, too, put the lid on and keep them both out of her knitting!

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    1. That’s interesting! Some of the ladies in my facebook Irish knitting group shared their ideas of yarn bowls replacements; and some had quite interesting devices, including old paper kitchen towel tubes (those cardboard tubes which inside of the kitchen towel roll) placed inside an old shoe box with a lot of string attached! Although I think their home made yarn winders were even more interesting. People can get creative when in need πŸ™‚
      My bowl was indeed a great deal, it’s pottery, heavy enough and the size is good, just enough for a larger ball of yarn, but not too big so it fits on my desk between the keyboard and the screen (as I often knit at the desk reading the pattern on the monitor). I’m really amazed how much more comfortable it is to knit now!

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  2. That’s a beautiful yarn bowl! Luckily my dog doesn’t mess with my yarn except when he wants my attention…it’s pretty funny to think of cats trying to hunt the yarn πŸ™‚

    That CAL blanket is gorgeous!

    Good luck with the conference, are you going to make a presentation? Haha at work yesterday, we had a domestic video conference, and the technical difficulties were pretty hilarious.

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    1. Luckily no presentation, it’s a panel meeting where we will discuss the details of our projects. So I will have to answer questions and defend my opinion if someone disagrees. It can get stressful sometimes but mostly just exhausting as usually it lasts long…
      At least I’ll be home and can knit while others are talking πŸ˜‹

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