Yarn Bowl: Why the Yarn Channel Keyhole is Important

New blog post about Right handed yarn bowls vs. Left Handed yarn bowls and why the keyhole is important.
Ya'll can make fun of my drawings if you like. Drawing with a mouse is tough!



Bill's picture

I *LOVE* my yarn bowl!
...but I don't use it for tension as you suggest. I like the yarn loose...and my hand tensions it.

Potter's picture

Thank you, Bill. I'm glad you are still enjoying your yarn bowl. :)
Obviously, you should use the bowl in the way that best suits you!
Can you maybe tell me a specific reason that makes your bowl so great? Something that other knitters might understand?

I have all sorts of testimonials from people who tell me they enjoy their yarn bowl. The people who have never used yarn bowls before tell me they wouldn't do without one again after using mine. But I don't have a good way of communicating "WHAT specifically makes it so good?" to people who say, "the cost of a yarn bowl is money I could spend on yarn".

I've been told a few things that people have liked about the bowls I make: it helps keep proper tension, it has high walls to contain the yarn, and the weight gives it a sense of sturdiness.
Can you maybe add to that?

Thank you!

Bill's picture

it's BIG!
Your yarn bowls are bigger than anyone else's. They will hold good size balls or cakes of yarn. The one I got is bigger than I expected...and fabulous!
I should probably order a slightly smaller bowl to keep it company....
Most available yarn bowls are just a bit too small. Your ability to create the larger ones is a PLUS!

Potter's picture

:) Thank you Bill, for your feedback. Yes, the extra large ones I make are very big - and they have to be to fit one pound skeins of yarn.

Caesargochi's picture

I simply use a cilinder tupperwear and make a hole at the top so the yarn goes through. It works since the yarn dosen't roll away.

Potter's picture

Keeping the yarn contained is a very valid use of any type of yarn bowl.

yowek's picture

Forgive my naivety, but can't you just turn the bowl around?

The opening in the bowl includes a curved slot with a hole at the bottom.

Mathematically, the yarn simply travels between two points - the bowl's hole, and the knitter's hand - creating a "lazy" straight line, depending on the tension involved.

All you should have to do is turn the bowl so that the upward angle of the slot isn't the same as the upward angle of the yarn, to keep the yarn "caught" by the hole.

Someone may have better words to describe this...

Potter's picture

Sure! You can turn the bowl around. It may be my own experiences being left handed and buying cups, though, that I have an aversion to not having the focal point in view. Also, if a person sits on the sofa, and turns the bowl around with the bowl next to them, the yarn will likely rub against the back of the sofa seat.

hamimono's picture

Thanks for your clear technical explanations. I think your drawings are great!

I got my two ceramic yarnbowls a year ago and I really love them. I don't use them for every project, only special ones where I have bought a lot of beautiful yarn and i will be knitting for a while (mainly sweaters and shawls). Somehow, to me, the yarnbowls feel like part of a luxurious "knit-sperience" that includes being on the veranda with iced sake or a Pimm's Cup or a Mint Julip. Did that today, also tomorrow . . . (*hic*)

Until I read your blog post, it never occurred to me that there would be a "right or left" orientation. Doh! Now I get it. Frankly, I usually have the yarnbowl on the coffee table in front of me when I'm knitting so it's just stranding directly out. Still, I feel the tension and really have felt that it helped to give me more even knitting. My main concern when I commissioned them---the potter is not a knitter and had never thought of such a thing before!--- was that the hole be rounded and the glaze smooth so as not to catch the yarn. After I got the bowls and loved them, I showed them to yarn shop owners and knitters all around my hometown and got him a whole bunch of business!

Based on poster Bill's reviews, I am thinking that I will get a bigger one to hold several cakes of yarn.

Potter's picture

Thank you Haminmono for your feedback on yarn bowls. It is good to get confirmation of what other knitters have told me about using yarn bowls. I'm glad you are enjoying your bowls and look forward to one day maybe making you an extra large yarn bowl. :)

SAPBrown's picture

Thanks for the explanation. Yarn bowl's are new to me.

I Like Caesar use a plastic container, mine is not as fancy as Tupperware. I use a 48oz Folger's canister, the really big one. it will hold a 1lb skein easily.

What are the two holes by the yarn channel for?

btw: I would be happy if I could draw those images with a pencil, let alone a mouse.

not yet ready for a yarn bowl, but I really like those egg cups can they be customized?

thanks Stephen

Potter's picture

Hi Stephen,

Thanks for writing.
I suppose you could use the holes for pulling extra strands of yarn from different balls if you are not planning on removing the project from the bowl. The extra yarn would have to be cut if you wanted to move the project to a bag, etc. I think the extra balls of yarn in one bowl adds friction. Until I perfect a 2 basin yarn bowl, if you use two different yarns, a stiff plastic divider in the bowl would probably allow the different yarn balls to move easily.

Or you could use the holes as a place to stick the needles when they are not in use.

Sure! Eggs cups could be customized, depending on what you would like done. What did you have in mind?