If you knit, you’ve undoubtedly experienced that “geez, there should be a kitten in here” moment when your ball of yarn goes flying across the room. It’s frustrating, right? Center pull balls are usually more well behaved, but so often you buy some great ball of yarn from your local craft store only to discover it is not center pull. What’s a knitter to do? Perhaps you’ve got some extra “fun” money laying around and can invest in this gorgeous yarn bowl (that i am so majorly lusting and would not complain if one of my lovely readers purchased and sent it to me as an early Christmas present):
But probably you’re like me and have blown any fun money you had on that lovely yarn or the roving to spin some handspun and can’t afford such a beautiful piece of functional furniture. If so – i have the solution for you! All you need is a pyrex or other heavy (pottery or glass or steel) receptacle bigger than your ball of yarn and one of those rad paperclips with the little metal arms. You could also use a clothespin and rubber band, but the paperclip works best and there are some cute paperclips out there to have even more fun with! Check it out:
Pretty cool right? Are you squealing in delight? Are you rushing around your house RIGHT now searching for the perfect paperclip and bowl to use? Go for it! I was pretty stoked when i figured this out last night and can’t wait to nestle down on the couch tonight and keep working on my nephew’s leg warmies and easy booties (both are free patterns!) without having to leave the warmth of my down blanket (and warm corgi) to chase down an escaped ball of yarn.
I will admit, the pyrex bowls are not heavy enough to not slide around on their own. I could set them into a larger, heavier bowl but my couch/futon has these handly flip-out side tables that are just lower than the arms which stops them from sliding towards me as i knit. This system really does work perfectly! Woo hoo! (I still won’t turn down the gift of that gorgeous yarn bowl, though!)
The binder clips could easily be used on regular, large bowls as well (i’m eying my old kitchenaid mixer bowls!) Some other great receptacles for traveling are old (clean) ice cream tubs or big yogurt tubs with a hole punched in the side or top or even a big travel mug (big gulp!) would work for smaller balls of yarn. I can’t wait for you to try this out and let me know what you think. I hope you’ll share with me if you do.
This week’s featured Fiber Friends come from a few of my favorite mobiles. You can read all about ordering your own custom mobile (for yourself or as a baby shower gift) at this recent post. I just love combining custom pet portraits with zero gravity – cuteness overload!
Happy weekend! What are you casting on or crafting for the holidays this year?