My current work in progress:

1. Woodfords, designed by Elizabeth Doherty, knit from Madelinetosh Merino Light in the "paper" colorway on U.S. size 3, 5, and 7 needles.
2. Myriad stealth projects.

Bowled Over

First of all, the winner of my copy of Scandinavian Stitch Craft: Unique Projects and Patterns for Inspired Embroidery is Bobbi, who has been emailed.

Second, I finally wrote up the pattern for the rainbow Kauni wrap I knit a while back and the pattern is available on Ravelry, here.

Now. on to new business

I have a new toy! I have a new toy!

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By looking at the photo, you can probably guess that my toy is a yarn bowl. This bowl was made especially for me by Cindy Douglass, of StardustPottery. (You can check out her range of yarn bowls here.)

Cindy makes bowls in three sizes:

  • REGULAR size fits 50 grams / 1.76 oz skeins of yarn.
  • LARGE size fits 198 grams / 7 oz / Super Saver skeins of yarn.
  • EXTRA LARGE size fits 453.6 grams / 16 oz / 1 lb skeins of yarn.

Mine is the “regular” size, and it looks like it could easily hold close to a 100-gram skein of yarn, so I will be able to use it with almost every knitting project.

It has a number of very thoughtful features. First off, it is nicely solid, sturdy, and level. There is pretty much no chance that tugging on recalcitrant yarn will tip it over. It is also taller than I expected it to be — another feature that will keep yarn in place. A ball of yarn would have to jump pretty high to be able to hop out of the bowl.

Cindy’s bowls are either right- or left-handed, depending on which side you keep your yarn when knitting. Mine is the left-handed bowl since I always knit with my yarn at my left. If you knit with your yarn dead ahead in front of you, I’m thinking you could easily use either model.

In addition to having the curved slot through which to feed yarn, there are also two holes. You could use those holes as needle rests, or as yarn feeds. I’m betting I could use this bowl for colorwork and stack two small balls of yarn in it and feed one through each hole. I’m excited to give that a try on my next colorwork project.

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Last and certainly not least . . . it is so pretty! You may have noticed that my bowl has my lovely Miss Lucy on it.

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Don’t you love how it looks like Lucy is reaching up a paw to gently bat at the yarn as it feeds out the slot?

As I said, my bowl is a custom design. Cindy has a form on her website where you can request custom work, specifying if you want a Right or Left Hand model, and what sort of design you’d like, the color, the size, etc. But she already has a lot of lovely standard designs for sale from which you can choose. What a great gift for another knitter . . . or for yourself, of course. Who deserves it more, eh?

Can you tell that I love my new yarn bowl?

Because I am pushy, I asked Cindy if she would donate a yarn bowl to be given away in a blog contest and she very generously agreed.

So . . .

If you would like to be entered into the contest to win a regular sized sheep yarn bowl, either left or right handed (winner will specify his/her choice), leave a comment on this blog entry by noon Eastern time on Wednesday, May 15, 2013. At that time the Random Number Generator will chose the lucky recipient.

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Please note that the actual yarn bowl may differ slightly different in appearance from the photo above, or be a different color, as each bowl is hand made and unique.

Thank you so much, Cindy, for offering one of your wonderful bowls, and for my lovely Lucy Bowl.

Still Knitting

I have a project on the needles but can’t share it yet, as it is a prototype for my Summer Mystery Shawl. The Mystery Shawl KAL wil start in June, and more information will be forthcoming soon!

Happy Lucy-versary to Me

It was on Mother’s Day ten years ago that this purring bundle of floofy love came to live with me:

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Comments

  1. Mary Mom says:

    I would be bowled over if I won this lovely, practical giveaway. My choice would be left model

  2. Oh I love your Lucy bowl. Would love to win a sheep one.

  3. It would be wonderful if ewe would email me that I won this adorable bowl! I would fill it with woolly goodness!

  4. Carol Perecman says:

    Hi Wendy,
    I can’t believe it’s ten years…I’ve been reading your blog for at least that long, as I remember when Lucy came to live with you…wow.

    Thanks for the chance to win a yarn bowl!

    Carol

  5. Hayley Simoneau says:

    Her work is so pretty! No harm in trying for a chance for one of those bowls, huh? ;) Happy Lucy-versary, Wendy!

  6. Happy Mother’s Day Lucy and Wendy!
    Dear Random Number Generator – please pick my random number, thanks.
    The bowl is lovely!

  7. That looks amazing!
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  8. What a beautiful bowl! I would LOVE one! You’re always so kind, both for giveaways AND for the beautiful shots of Miss Lucy!

  9. Happy Mother’s Day to all!

    That bowl is stunning. What a wonderful give-away. I would sure knit happier watching the yarn come out from the bowl! My knitting needles are crossed. Thanks!

  10. Mary Anne says:

    I think one of these would look lovely surrounding my yarn:)

  11. Happy Lucy Adoption day!! Hooray! Also, what lovely yarn bowls, they look very useful!
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  12. Lorraine says:

    Happy Lucy-versary!! Hope you both have a wonderful day :-)

    Your new bowl is adorable! Nothing like attractive, clean design and great functionality.

  13. I’ve often thought about getting a yarn bowl. These look great. Thank you, Cindy and Wendy! Can’t wait for this year’s Summer Mystery Shawl! I’ve done the last three.

  14. Oh my, what a wonderful giveaway. I would love to have that beautiful yarn bowl. Thanks for the chance.
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  15. Jennifer B says:

    Lovely knitting bowl.. Thanks for the chance to win!

  16. Pauline S. says:

    Beautiful bowls! My last one was not (obviously) so well made. One jumpy ran ball tilted the bowl and it fell off the table, shattering on the floor :(

    Happy Mother’s Day!

  17. Charis (Nimrodita) says:

    Those bowls are lovely!

  18. The bowl is gorgeous but the fact that you would get another one for your readings is awesome. :) I love the Lucy is on it.

  19. Oooh pretty

  20. diana white says:

    May the bowl go to whomever it will give the most joy. Blessings

  21. Happy Mothers Day! i too recall when Lucy came to live with you (from Capital Cats I believe?), and realized I’ve been reading your blog for at least 10 years. Thanks for so much enjoyment, and I’ve learned so much from you!

    Would love that yarn bowl :)

  22. That is adorable! And happy Lucy-versary!

  23. Love the yarn bowl! Happy Lucy-versary :-)

  24. Gorgeous!!! Happy Lucy Day!

  25. I would LOVE to get another yarn bowl. I had one made locally but I am looking for another one. :)
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  26. What a pretty yarn bowl! Pick me!
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  27. That bowl is fantastic. So special for you to have Lucy there by your side. Nina

  28. Happy Lucy day! I would really like a sheepy yarn bowl of my very own.

  29. awesome yarn bowl! I’ve never used a yarn bowl, but I’d still love to win one!

    and “happy gotcha day” to Miss Lucy!

  30. labrista wadkins says:

    Love the bowl!!!

  31. How nice of you to ask and generous of Cindy to donate one of her lovely yarn bowls.

  32. Wow, what an awesome yarn bowl you got!
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  33. I would love to win a yarn bowl. They are usually out of my budget!

  34. The bowls are lovely! I’d love to win.

  35. love it! my last yarn bowl travelled off the table and crashed to the floor :-( Happy Lucy-Versary – wow – 10 years already? seems like only yesterday! how time flies …
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  36. Happy Lucyversary! I always love seeing her picture and hearing about her in your blog posts. And, of course, I’d love to win one of these yarn bowls – I’ve never used a yarn bowl.

  37. Happy Mothers Day and Happy Lucy Day. )

    Thank you for your kind review on your new Cindy Douglass yarn bowl, Wendy. I am glad you are enjoying your new yarn bowl. It is nice to see that so many knitters are interested in winning one. I’m still drinking my coffee here, so maybe I missed this detail, but I wanted your readers to know that if they win, they should tell you whether they would like a left or right handed bowl.

    Here’s more information on what makes these particular bowls so special.
    http://www.stardustpottery.com/content/10-reasons-use-cindy-douglass-yarn-bowl

    Those who own one of these bowls are welcome to submit a photo and description of their project to my website by July 31, 2014 for a 50% discount toward their next purchase.

    See the rules at:
    http://www.stardustpottery.com/gallery/customers-yarn-work.

    Happy Knitting! :

  38. Happy Lucy-versary!

    That is a truly lovely yarn bowl. I’ve been eyeing them for a while now, but that’s one of the nicer ones I’ve seen.
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  39. Doh! Yup, you had mentioned it. I had missed that detail where you had said, “winner will specify his/her choice”. I think I’ll have another cup of coffee now.

  40. linda-kaye says:

    Wow, those yarn bowls are fantastic. Thanks Cindy and Wendy for the opportunity to win one!

  41. Happy Kitty-mom day :) The bowls are fantastic.

  42. love this yarn bowl and would love to win one!

  43. caroline says:

    I just love the yarn bowl – it looks so much like Lucy. would be great to try one out myself. thank you

  44. What a gorgeous bowl! It makes the perfect subject for a post celebrating your anniversary with Lucy. I hope you have many more happy years together :)

  45. Deserat says:

    Count me in for the yarn bowl random raffle! Lucy looks awesome on your bowl.

  46. I love the yarn bowl. It’s pretty and practical.

  47. Deborah says:

    Thanks for the giveaway chance. All these bowls are lovely. I may have to go buy one if I don’t win.

  48. Please, please random number generator – pick me! Thank you Wendy and Cindy for this great drawing. Happy gotcha day to Lucy!

  49. Ann Moore says:

    Love yarn bowls! If I have two colors going I put one on right and one on left, need one for another room!

  50. Jennifer says:

    These bowls are so beautiful–what a treat to offer one.

  51. Put my name in the yarn bowl! Right-handed, please.

  52. What a beautiful yarn bowl – your custom bowl and the sheepy giveaway. Happy Mothers Day, Wendy and Lucy.

  53. catspaw says:

    Best Mother’s Day gift ever – Lucy! And the yarn bowls are adorable.

  54. I would love one!

  55. Jennifer says:

    Happy Mother’s Day!
    Would love to win the giveaway as I broke my yarn bowl while dusting.

  56. Elizabeth R says:

    What an exquisite bowl!

  57. CraftyAshley says:

    Those bowls look awesome! Happy Mother’s day!

  58. I would LOVE to win one of Cindy’s sheep yarn bowls!! So beautiful!
    Happy Mother’s Day to All Moms!

  59. Love those bowls. Would love one.

  60. Lisa LaFratta says:

    I would love to win the beautiful yarn bowl!

  61. WOW! A left-handed option — what a great idea! I would love one of those…
    :)

  62. Oh man would love one of these! I am always droppin my ball and my kitty loves it but I do not! So cool! Thanks for sharing!!

  63. Ten years?! How did that happen? Happy Lucy-versary!
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  64. I would LOVE this yarn bowl!
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  65. Kathleen says:

    Happy Lucy-versary, Wendy!

    Your yarn bowl is lovely. I was admiring one at the last fiber fest I went to. Decided against buying one then, but have been thinking of it every time my yarn goes skittering across my desk. Thanks for the opportunity to win one!
    Kathleen

  66. Pick me! Pick me! :-) I would love a pretty bowl to knit from.
    It’s nice to see other left hand knitters out there, I was feeling
    kinda lonely surrounded by all the right handers. lol

  67. Vicki Johnson says:

    Beautiful yarn bowl! I love it that you share your favorite toys. :)

  68. I’ve always wanted to try a yarn bowl. They look so handy!

  69. pattieknits says:

    Happy Mother’s Day to Lucy’s mom!

  70. Beautiful yarn bowl

  71. Would love a yarn bowl; enjoy your blog almost every day. I, too, remember when Lucy arrived. She had a pretty tough start, as I recall, but has landed in the lap of luxury!

  72. Love the yarn bowl (any motif)!!

  73. Love the yarn bowl! Would love to win one of my own!

  74. Wow, what a great idea. I love the yarn bowl and would love to have one!

  75. I would love to win a yarn bowl of my very own! I hope I get picked!

  76. Heidi (LunaKitty) says:

    I have a feeling that the appeal of a yarn bowl can’t really be understood unless a person has actually used one, so I would love to win one and learn the secret!

  77. Victoria says:

    Oh it’s a lovely sheepy bowl! I’ve never felt the need for a knitting bowl until now.

  78. Robin May says:

    I’ve been eyeing yarn bowls for awhile, would love to win one!

  79. I would so very much love to have one of these yarn bowls! I’m starting to develop knitting projects that really ought to remain stationary, anyway, so a yarn bowl would be a much more convenient and decorative way of handling them!
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  80. Ruth Porter says:

    Happy anniversary Lucy–10 years in your forever home.

    Our new kitty, Endora, loves to play with yarn and she’d really like a beautiful handmade yarn bowl.

  81. Happy Lucy-versary! Your Lucy bowl is darling.
    I love this kind of pottery!

  82. The yarn bowls are beautiful. I would love to win one.

  83. yarn bowls are the best! It is a great way to keep the yarn from flying all over the place!
    Thanks for the opportunity to get one!

  84. Happy Lucy-versary to you both!
    Poor sheep is cut by half… I’m sure I could help…

  85. Christine says:

    Your bowl is to die for cute!

  86. I don’t usually like these yarn bowls but YOURS is sooo cute!

  87. I have been lurking around these yarn bowls for almost a year now. Wishing someone would notice and buy me one for a gift. Winning would allow me to stop trying to be subtle.

  88. Happy Lucy-versary, she’s a lovely ball of fluff! I would be thrilled to have a yarn bowl…and I think my own fuzzy creatures would mostly just be fascinated.

  89. Oh golly! Me, me! I want that yarn bowl! I love this Miss Lucy bowl!
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  90. Lucy is one lucky cat!

  91. happy 10th! and yes to hoping to win the yarn bowl. Hope you are both well!

  92. Dorothy says:

    The yarn bowls are lovely. And Happy Luciversary to you and your bundle of dura,

  93. Deborah says:

    Beautiful! I’d love to have this bowl.

  94. What fun! I want one…I hope I can win it.

    Julia

  95. Michele says:

    I would love a yarn bowl. I hope I get picked. Thanks for the chance to win.

  96. Carolyn Robinson says:

    This is so cool. My Himalayans Sebastian and Socrates would probably have to pat the yarn in the bowl!!!

  97. Henrycat says:

    What a lovely bowl! Thanks for the chance to win it.

    And happy anniversary to you and Lucy!

  98. What a beautiful yarn bowl!

    Thank you so much for offering yet another lovely item to your readers.
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  99. Leslie F says:

    Happy Furry Mother’s Day. Love Miss Lucy on your bowl…

  100. What a beautiful bowl! A great thing for keeping your yarn in.