My current work in progress:

1. Strandwanderer, designed by Lea Viktoria, knit from Wollmeise Merino "Pure" in the "Zenzi" colorway on a 3.25 mm (U.S. size 3) needle.
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. How cute! And the sheepy bowl will fit in with my collection of various stuffed/knitting sheep! I had to remove the larger stuffed ones, which were on the floor, from the reach of the current feline at our home. They’re now on top of the stereo center instead of on the floor next to it. Hubby likes to point out we haven’t had a male cat in quite some years, and this one thinks he is supposed to maul any other animal-ish creature in reach.

  2. Suzanne says:

    I have yet to try a yarn bowl but I love reading the reviews of them. They seem very useful and would be a nice addition to my knitting. Your’s with Lucy is so cute.

  3. Cathy S says:

    Love this; thanks for being pushy…

  4. I’d love to win the yarn bowl. Happy Lucy-versary! >^..^<
    Geri´s last blog post ..Online Knitting Magazines

  5. That’s a gorgeous bowl–and so practical, too.

  6. I’m so glad you published the pattern for your rainbow Kauni wrap; it is both beautiful and fascinating to me.

    And – like everyone else – I would love that sheep bowl!
    Robin V´s last blog post ..Scarf, Scarf, Sandwich, Pup

  7. How very special to have a yarn bowl with the beautiful Miss Lucy. Maybe in my next life I should take up pottery making for all the pretty yarn bowls!

  8. Happy mother’s day! That cool bowl would help keep my furry child from playing with my yarn (or I could always hope).
    Sarah´s last blog post ..Yarn to Go

  9. Sue Brezinsky says:

    I just discovered your blog and I am excited! I started to read it and got caught up IMMEDIATELY when I saw you can win stuff on here like that very cool yarn bowl. I’ve always wanted one but just can’t justify buying myself one. I know, silly, but I can buy yarn instead, right? Keep writing and thank you!

  10. CharlotB says:

    I’ve looked yarn bowls but haven’t tried on yet. Would love to win a left-handed one.

  11. Carolyn says:

    I’ve always wanted t try a yarn bowl, this one looks perfect!

  12. Cool bowl. Wouldn’t mind having one of my own.

  13. Marlene says:

    Your new bowl is wonderful, thank you for the chance to win one!!

  14. I love these yarn bowls. Hope my name gets picked out of the “hat.”

  15. I love the bowl! I’ve never really wanted one before, but now I do!

  16. I have seen Yarn Bowls recently at a art show and wondered if they ‘really worked’. Thanks for the heads up, I will have to get one.

  17. Sharon M2 says:

    I love your Lucy bowl, very cute! And so is the sheep bowl

  18. The yarn bowl is beautiful. I have admired them, but haven’t splurged on one for myself. It sure beats my zip lock back with the corner cut off. Maybe I will be lucky.

  19. Elizabeth says:

    I love your bowl and would love even more to have one of my own. I can hardly believe it has been ten years since Lucy moved in!

  20. Amanda Underwood says:

    My cat would probably be irritated that the bowl wouldn’t let her play, similarly to how she discovered that center pull balls are not nearly as much fun as the way I used to wind yarn ;> They have rough lives.

  21. Theresa says:

    Very nice bowl! was just the other day coveting those, hope I win!

  22. Thank you. The yarn bowl is beautiful.

  23. Michelle says:

    Love love love!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  24. Lucy Portland says:

    Love the bowl. I would enjoy using one when I knit.

  25. Shirley says:

    Congrats on your 10yr anniversary with Lucy. I miss my kitty so much, and I love to check Lucy out every day. I love your yarn bowl….i have been coveting one for a long time….Maybe this will be it!

  26. Would love to be in to win, thanks for the opportunity!
    Rachelle´s last blog post ..One thing leads to another

  27. Jude Irishreign says:

    The bowls are a very cool idea! I’d love to be able to win one!

    Thanks for the opportunity!!

    Happy Kitty Mother’s Day!

    Jude

  28. Abby L Call says:

    Your lucy bowl is about the sweetest thing I have seen in a long time. I have thought about getting a yarn bowl but with 3 furballs of my own, I wondered if one would stand up their playing. I think this one would. Happy anniversary to you and Lucy and Happy Mother’s Day as well.

  29. Happy Mother’s Day! What a lovely bowl! Thank you for the opportunity to win one!

  30. That little detail of Lucy reaching for the yarn as it leaves the bowl tells me that Cindy is a wonderful potter who makes sure each item is as close to perfect as possible. I’d loveo to win the bowl.
    Thanks for the giveaway.

  31. Love the picture of Lucy on the bowl. Very cleverly incorporated into the design! The sheep bowl is cute, too. Would love to win one.

  32. These bowls are beautiful. I would love one.

  33. I have been pining for a yarn bowl. If the Random Number Generator does not pick me, I at least have the information to drop hints for a custom bowl of my own. Thanks for your give aways! Happy Knitting!!
    Cathy E´s last blog post ..We Interrupt This Program…

  34. Ooh, a nice new yarn bowl! That would be a wonderful addition to the knitting gear.

  35. NanaDeb says:

    What a lovely yarn bowl!!!! I have always wanted one-thank you for this opportunity!
    Always look forward to seeing Lucy!

  36. Carol Ray says:

    Sigh, so lovely and practical and inspiring! Thanks for the introduction to this artist and a chance.

  37. I would love to have a true yarn bowl….how neat is THAT!!

  38. Wendy TC says:

    Another generous give-away! Thank you. I would love a bowl. I like your personal Lucy bowl.

  39. paula henderson says:

    I’ve wanted to try a yarn bowl & would love to win this one!! Thanks for the opportunity. And Happy Mother’s Day + Happy Anniversary as well!!!

  40. I would love to win a right handed yarn bowl.

  41. Wendy TC says:

    Thank you for the great giveaway! The pottery on Cindy’s website is beautiful.

  42. Great looking bowls! Happy Lucy-ersary! And Thanks

  43. Blueberry says:

    Wow! I love your Lucy bowl! What a fantastic idea. Can’t wait to have one of my own… :)

  44. I have wanted a yarn bowl for ages. These are very nice.
    Rusty Boyd´s last blog post ..Men Who Knit on Dr. Oz

  45. What a lovely Lucy yarn bowl!

  46. Debbie S says:

    I want one. Love Lucy on yours!

  47. Janet Easter says:

    Love these yarn bowls. If I should win, the right would be my choice.

  48. Love the yarn bowl!! I just discovered them and would love to own one! Happy knitting :)

  49. Melissa says:

    I’ve always wanted to try a yarn bowl, but my pennies always end up going toward yarn instead!! haha I just love that sheep – he’s almost as cute as Lucy.

  50. Linda R says:

    Thanks for the opportunity to win the beautiful bowl!

  51. How wonderful to have Miss Lucy on your yarn bowl. Have never owned a yarn bowl but have been looking for one during the last few months–definitely would be better to win one. ;)

  52. Heather D says:

    How fun! I’d love to win a left one. :)

  53. Ellen Stallard says:

    I would love to own a beautiful yarn bowl, left handed of course. I love your cat Lucy.

  54. Christel says:

    Beautiful work!! I would love to have one of these!!
    Happy adoption anniversary with sweet Lucy!! We celebrate our kitty adoptions in June.

  55. Sandy Officer says:

    Lucy is an amazing traveler. She gets all over. Good likeness!

  56. What a delightful Lucy bowl. 10 years of floofly awesomeness. So glad you are Lucy’s momma.

  57. What a lovely bowl. I am looking forward to the Mystery Shawl KAL.

  58. These yarn bowls are beautiful! Love the sheep one.
    Thank you for the giveaway.

  59. Midnite Baker says:

    Love your Lucy yarn bowl. M

  60. I’d love a chance to win the lovely yarn bowl. Hope you and Lucy has a happy moms day. Melody

  61. Penny T says:

    Happy Mother’s Day, Wendy. I can’t think of a sweeter child to have than your Lucy, except for my own Lucy (a human granddaughter). Sheep are nice, too, and a sheep-y yarn bowl would be just the thing!

  62. Arlene S. says:

    I love your Lucy Bowl. It is just fabulous!!! I wonder if your friend would consider custom orders?
    Kitty smiles
    Arlene

  63. I have never seen a yarn bowl before. What a clever idea. I hope I win it! Thanks for sharing. I love how you have Miss Lucy on yours. Such a wonderful gift.

  64. Denise in Ohio says:

    I always love pottery artwork. I’d have a right side version if I won.

  65. What a great yarn bowl! Love Miss Lucy on yours and I would take very good care of the sheep yarn bowl!

  66. I think your bowl is just the “cats meow” :) The lamb one is precious!
    I can’t think of a better gift to yourself than a furry kid. A few years ago I rescued a young black and very beautiful kitty, (to be honest she adopted me right on my front porch) she was pregnant with what turned out to be seven beautiful kittens, which had to be delivered by cesarean section, I named them the seven days of the week! We lost little Wednesday at about a week, Thursday adopted my Granddaughter, Monday adopted a lady that had just lost her husband and needed a new friend! Tuesday went to a farm where he still reigns supreme! My family and I found homes for all of them. Even my Grandson was part of it, we brought a lap top computer with a web cam and he got to enjoy the little ones scampering around in my bathroom that was their apartment for about three months, kind of funny squeezing a momma kitty, six kittens, my Granddaughter, my Daughter and me in a small bathroom.
    That experience will go down as one of the most treasured in my life as well as in my Daughters and Granddaughters, it was truly a family affair~

  67. Siri-Malén says:

    I’ve never heard of a yarn bowl before, but it looked really practical. And so so pretty too!

  68. Oh that bowl…it is beautiful and wonderful and oh so-o useful! Thanks for the opportunity to win one and to the talented artist who made it! :)

  69. Yes please! So cool..
    Jane King´s last blog post ..Easter 2012

  70. Wow! That means I have been reading your blog more than 10 years. I remember Tristan and Isolde. Time flies. Please put my name in for the yarn bowl. I have been drooling over them for years but can never bring myself to spend the $40ish that they generally cost. I’d love to win one!

  71. Bobbi J says:

    Love the yarn bowl!! Especially with Lucy on your bowl. What a special treat!!! I would love to have a yarn bowl made by Cindy!

  72. cecilia david says:

    The Lucy bowl is very endearing. Cecilia

  73. Receiving such a lovely yarn bowl, would be the perfect ending to a wonderful Mother’s Day!!

  74. I have always wanted to try a yarn bowl. Thanks for the chance to win one.

  75. Darlene Appleby says:

    Such a unique. Does Cindy knit too? I would love to have this bowl.

  76. Dorothy in Kentucky says:

    oh what a wonderful gift and with Miss Lucy on it too. Happy Lucy-versary!! I would love one of those yarn bowls. They are so cute..

  77. Would love the yarn bowl- I’m always chasing balls across the floor, and I don’t have a cat!

  78. I absolutely love the yarn bowls! They are so cute! I am a very avid crocheter and would love, love, love to win one! When I crochet I have to hide my yarn because my cats tend to chew and claw at my balls of yarn. The yarn bowl would be an awesome solution!! =))

  79. How cute! I would love one. Going to look now.

  80. margie kovacic says:

    I have seen yarn bowls in use and would love to have one.

  81. Barbara says:

    Happy Mother’s Day! I just love Lucy, who looks very similar to my cat, Savannah, who is going on 18 years old and is a Birman. I hope the machine picks me for the beautiful yarn bowl! Thanks for giving everyone a chance to win it.

  82. Becki O says:

    Happy Mother’s Day to you and Lucy! Has it been 10 years? Wow times flies.

    What a wonderful bowl!

  83. Christiane says:

    Happy Mother Day. What a lucky day when Lucy found you. Lots of joy came you way. Your bowl is absolutely fantastic. My daughter is sharing Cindy’s addy with her friend at her Pottery classe. But the ewe is to die for. I hope to be a lucky owner one day…

  84. KathyM in SE VA says:

    I think every knitter would enjoy a yarn bowl. Well I KNOW This Knitter would really use it. I have been drooling over some in our LYS, but alas, I always spend the $$ on skeins, not bowl.
    That’s a great custom bowl for you, too, Wendy. Congrats to whomever wins it!

  85. I love yarn bowls and can never choose which one I like the best. This one is fantastic. I’d love the sheep or any other bowl.

  86. Betty Eliassen says:

    A wonderful Mother’s Day present 10 years ago and today as well.

  87. Thanks for offering the yarn bowl. I would love it greatly if I was the lucky recipient.

  88. GerryART says:

    I do love Lucy
    Would love to have a kitty such as this sassy gal

    Cindy seems she’s a hoot before her second cup of java
    AND LOADS OF CREATIVE TALENT

    Of course I WOULD be a lucky soul to be picked by Mr RNG

    Am looking forward to my second adventure in your Summer Mystery Shawl

  89. Robin D says:

    I have never used a yarn bowl but would love one of these. Your bowl is so pretty.
    THanks for the chance to win.

  90. Congratulations on 10 years of furry love! Sweet little Lucy is an adorable fur baby. I wonder if the large sized yarn bowl would fit a small to medium sized furry kitty? She might be tempted to claim one for herself. :)

  91. That is a lovely yarn bowl! Thank you for thinking of us and offering one

  92. They are beautiful and I would love to win one (right handed please).

  93. Kathy N says:

    I would very much love to have a yarn bowl.

  94. Thank you for the chance to win. I also have a ragdoll kitty and would love any design!

  95. Kathleen K says:

    I love your new yarn bowl too! Lucy looks so cute on it! Happy 10th Lucy Anniversary!

  96. I love this line of yarn bowls I have two picked up that I want to buy. I will have to get it down to one by the 2oth. That’s when I will order mine.

  97. Penny Bowen says:

    Lovely bowl would be very nice to own one. Yours is beautiful!

  98. Marmee of two says:

    Lucy is famous!!!! Love the bwl and have just the spot at home where I can use and admire it.

  99. I would love to have a beautiful yarn bowl like this.

  100. Terry Niles says:

    I would love to have one of those beautiful yarn bowls.