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. Sally Eller says:

    I love, love the sheep design! Tis is the first Wendy contest I’ve entered, so crossing my fingers, toes and needles!

  2. Such gorgeous bowls! Would love to have one!

  3. Andrea W. says:

    Couldn’t help but went to web site and pinned some bowls to Pinterest. Everybody should see these beauties!

  4. LOVE the bowls!

  5. As the “grandmother “to four beautiful furry bundles I love your new yarn bowl. Kitties are so special. I have never used one but they seem so delightful. Thank you for convincing Cindy to bestow one on your readers. Hope the number generator selects me.

  6. What a cute bowl!
    Thanks for the give away.

  7. Marsha C. says:

    Yay, another summer mystery knitalong, can’t wait! It was your first summer mystery KAL that got me hooked on lace!
    The yarn bowl is fabulous! Love the Lucy kitty on it. Hope to win one of my own! Thanks for sharing all your knowledge and projects.

  8. Happy Lucy-versary! Good on you to keep her healthy & happy & pur-r-r-ring all this time. Our little companions are such a blessing! I love the Lucy yarn bowl, but would gladly give the sheepy one a new & loving home. Gotta go look at Cindy’s site now.
    CeltChick´s last blog post ..It’s getting silly…

  9. Alice Moisen says:

    Tha=e yarn bowl looks great. I’d love to give it a try

  10. That’s just beautiful. I’ve had a hankering for a yarn bowl for quite a while now, but haven’t pulled the trigger yet. Random Number Gods, please pick me!

  11. Linda Kelly says:

    Looks like EVERYONE would like one of these beautiful bowls! What at great thing to have for left hand pull. Have a great day!

  12. Bluetoespinner says:

    Your Lucy bowl is soooo Dang Cute!!

  13. I am loving the yarn bowl. I would love to have such yarn bowl.

  14. Kate Mc says:

    What a fun toy! I like the sheep on the bowl! Very cute. Here is hoping the random generator picks me.

  15. Amanda Rae says:

    The bowls are cute!

  16. Elizabeth says:

    This beautiful yarn bowl would be a beautiful addition to my knitting chair.

  17. What a beautiful piece. Love the cat. would like one of my own to keep my cat out of my yarn.

  18. A beautiful bowl and another wonderful give-a-way.
    Thanks.

  19. This taller very stable design is brilliant. Being pottery, it needs to stay on the table and not land on the floor.

  20. Barbara Brown says:

    How pretty! I love hand crafted pottery things. What a treat to have such a home for my yarn!

  21. Kelly S says:

    I would love to win one of these lovely yarn bowls! Thanks for the chance!

  22. What a lovely idea, no more retrieving the yarn from the under the sofa!

  23. Barbara says:

    I would absolutely love to win the bowl.

  24. Hope you and Lucy had a great Mother’s Day! How neat that you got her on that day;O)) Your bowl is beautiful! Looking forward to the summer mystery shawl!

  25. Marseille says:

    Glad you wrote up the rainbow wrap pattern!

    Also, the yarn bowl looks lovely–would love to be in the running to win it! :)

  26. Cherie Maxson says:

    What a cute design for a yarn bowl. Easily the most attractive I’ve ever seen.

  27. Liz in Missouri says:

    Love the yarn Bowl, Wendy! Isn’t it fun to bring our favorite fur people into the mix?

  28. Kathleen says:

    Lucky Miss Lucy! And lucky you to have such a beautiful bow. What a nice Mother’s Day gift.

  29. Lila B. says:

    Those look like fabulous yarn bowls. Thank you for the opportunity to win one.

  30. Patti, oldgoatwoman says:

    Lucy is gorgeous on your bowl! Very clever. Please draw my number – love the sheep on the bowl! Thank you.

  31. Super bowl! And I would recognize Lucy anywhere!

  32. Happy Anniversary! Beautiful bowl/s!

  33. Very unique!

  34. Cute!

  35. Martina Norelli says:

    Love your Lucy yarn bowl and would love to have a yarn bowl too. I can’t believe how great they are to work with! And a very Happy Mother’s Day to you and your sweet Lucy….

  36. Once upon a time I had a very nice yarn bowl.
    I took it to show and tell.
    I dropped it.
    Rats!
    lawheezer´s last blog post ..Bowled Over

  37. Peggy D says:

    Beautiful yarn bowl! Lucy really makes it unique.

  38. Kristin/HLMauera says:

    I’ve been wondering if a yarn bowl would help me with my knitting. I’d love to try it out.

  39. Holly C says:

    Miss Lucy on a yarn bowl! Too cute!

  40. Heather K says:

    Ooooh, a yarn bowl, a beautiful yarn bowl!! Yes, I would LOVE one, and yours is gorgeous!! And Happy Lucy-versary to you both.

  41. That sheep bowl is awesome!!!! Would love to win…..

  42. Mary Lou says:

    Yarn Bowl? Yes, please, right-handed if I am so fortunate as to be selected by the almighty random number generator! Can’t wait for the summer shawl KAL!

  43. My yarn handspun from my sheep would look fabulous in such a lovely bowl. Hope my name comes up……

  44. What a beautiful bowl! And congrats for ten years with Miss Lucy. I’ve been mommy to four Himis over the years, What great companions they are!

  45. Veronica says:

    I have been wanting a yarn bowl for a couple of years! Thank you for the giveaway!

  46. Amanda Price says:

    I would love to have one of the beautiful bowls! Yours is lovely. Happy Lucy-versary.

  47. Danelle says:

    Oh I would love a yarn bowl!! As always I love to see pics of Lucy! Happy Mothers Day!

  48. I am pretty sure ewe should pick moi for that gorgeous yarn bowl. It is absolutely gorgeous and looks like it would be fabulous to work with. Thanks for this great chance for someone to win a unique yarn bowl.

    Ruby

  49. Joan Robertson says:

    I would be thrilled to win one of these bowl cups. My yarn is always getting away from me and rolling across the rug. Can you say yech, dog hair!!!!!!

  50. Cindy Lynne says:

    What a beautiful piece of artwork! Happy Lucy Anniversary Wendy!

  51. I really like your yarn bowl. Lucy looks fantastic on it as well.

  52. Happy Lucy-versary to you all!! Who’s luckier, you or her???

    How beautiful is that yarn bowl?!?!? So very unique with Lucy on the bowl. I would so love to win one of those. I have so much trouble keeping my cats out of my knitting. I have to have a bag on my lap to knit out of.
    Can’t wait to see what you’re knitting now and eagerly awaiting the next KAL.

    Lauren, Cassie & Zoe

  53. Those bowls are a very neath idea. And so cute!
    Verena @ Kleine Chaoskiste´s last blog post ..Pink Box Mai

  54. celestine says:

    Wow I would love to win it this yarn bowl. So beautiful.

  55. Jo Anne Wetherell says:

    That is just adorable.

  56. Cyndy Norton says:

    What beautiful work she does!!

  57. Elizabeth H. says:

    What a lovely Lucy Bowl.

  58. Kimberly says:

    Gorgeous! What a great giveaway!

  59. Thank you and Cindy for offering such a nice give away?

  60. Lucy looks so cute on your yarn bowl, maybe a pound or two less than normal!

  61. Pam Erwin says:

    I love these yarn bowls!! Total works of art.

  62. Rachel M says:

    One of these days I’ll get back to my pottery! Until then, I’d just love that sheepy yarn bowl! Happy Lucy versary to you!

  63. What a lovely bowl!!

  64. Debra G says:

    Your Lucy bowl is lovely.

  65. Susan H says:

    A yarn bowl is a wonderful thing! I’d put a yarn bowl to good use. Pick me! Pick me!

  66. Louise in Maryland says:

    How lovely! And I hope you and Lucy enjoyed a wonderful Mother’s Day – it certainly was a beautiful day, a little cool for my taste but I know you prefer cool.

  67. Ema Koppelman says:

    Hi Wendy
    Thank you for your generosity.
    I like that this yarn bowl is deeper than others I’ve seen and with a weighted bottom it seems like a winner.
    Ema
    P.S. So glad you share Lucy with all of us!

  68. Mizmelly says:

    OOoh!! I’ve been jones’n for one of these yarn bowls for a few year, just never bit the bullet to snag one.

  69. Kristen says:

    These are lovely! I knit continental so I think I’d need a left-handed bowl if I’m the lucky winner. :)

  70. One of the nicest yarn bowls I’ve ever seen! Would love to have one :)

  71. Very nice design!

  72. Kristi ~ Ohio says:

    I really like your Lucy yarn bowl. Just beautiful. I would love to win one. Thank you for the opportunity.

  73. Love the bowl! Thanks for a chance to have one of my very own.

  74. Oh, I would love to have this bowl! I’ve been eyeing them for a long time, and this would be just the start of something wonderful. Thanks for the chance!

  75. Lynne S. says:

    The yarn bowl is beautiful. Wendy, it can’t be 10 years already….!

  76. (Not That) Joan says:

    I bet if I had one of those lovely bowls I would finish more projects… :)

  77. Lovely!

  78. Kismet! I was on Etsy looking at yarn bowls minutes before I read this post. Hurrah for pushy bloggers!

  79. Anita T. says:

    Please pick me!!!!!

  80. Sue hansen says:

    Can hardly wait for the Summer KAL! I love the bowl!

  81. would love to try out a knitting bowl–perhaps it will keep my yarn from bouncing off and then going under the bed and gathering dust bunnies.

  82. Lindsay Turtle says:

    Oh my garsh! The bowls are beautiful! I love sheep! And I’m constantly hinting to my husband that this would make a great birthday/christmas gift for me and yet I still don’t have a yarn bowl.

  83. patricia says:

    Happy Lucy-versary! both of you are lottery winners!

    thanks for the give-away.

  84. Mary Beth says:

    What a cute bowl! And I love how you’ve customized it!

  85. 10 years! Congratulations to you both! You’re very lucky to have found each other.

  86. Barbara S. says:

    I love that Lucy is pawing at the yarn on your bowl.

  87. MonstaOriginals says:

    I’ve always wanted one of these. I would love to win one of these lovely bowls. Thank you!

  88. The bowls are so pretty! I may have to buy a bowl even if I don’t win.

  89. I would love to have a beautiful bowl like this to inspire creativity in my home!

  90. Your Lucy bowl is fantastic! Thank you for the chance to win one. Happy Kitty Mother’s Day.

  91. I would adore that yarn bowl!

  92. These bowls are beautiful! I have always wanted one and would be so excited to win one!

  93. Lynne in Florida says:

    How perfect that Miss Lucy should be on your yarn bowl! Happy Lucy-versary to you both.

    I’d love to win the bowl – right hand, please …

  94. LN in TX says:

    I’ve been wanting a yarn bowl…

  95. I would lo e to win this yarn bowl. I also collect pottery.

  96. I love your custom bowl but I’d be very happy with a sheepy one. I always knit with my yarn to my right. Thanks for the offer! RNG – pick me, pick me!

  97. Shelley says:

    What a beautiful handmade yarn bowl! I’d love a right-handed version. . . .

  98. Very cool!

  99. I’d love to win the sheepy yarn bowl. I think your Lucy bowl is lovely, she really captured her essence. :)

  100. would love a yarn bowl :)