My current work in progress:

Seaforth designed by Alice Starmore, knit in British Breeds 5-ply Guernsey Wool on US 3 needles.


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!


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.


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


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.


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:



  1. Hi Arlene S., yes, I do custom orders. Just click over to and tell me what you’d like.
    Yarn Bowl | Right or Left Hand | Feature (ie, sheep, cat, etc.) | Color | Size
    I’ll make it. (Takes up to 3 weeks). It’s pretty simple.

    Darlene Appleby asks if I knit, too. Sadly, I don’t knit. I have several knitter friends who helped critique my yarn bowls, making them what they are today. I’m told my bowls are unique and well suited for the purpose of making knitting easier and more enjoyable. I usually spend all my time with my hands stuck in clay and my head stuck in the stars dreaming up more great yarn tool ideas. I have a couple of ideas that I’ve never seen anywhere else, but my friends assure me would be very useful. You could sign up to my newsletter on my website to be notified when the new items become available.

    Christiane, if your daughter and her friend look at my site, I’d hope they take away from it – not copies of my style but – the idea that one needs to analyze the purpose of the container. It is important to make the container for the purpose which it is intended. A yarn bowl is not just a bowl with a channel in it. A bowl with just a channel cut into it is merely a pierced work of art. A yarn bowl has to fit several criteria to be deemed truly functional by avid knitters. Good luck to them in their pottery classes.

  2. Melissa says:

    I would love to win a yarn bowl and happy anniversary to you and Lucy.

  3. Tracey S says:

    Love that bowl! Would love to be selected.

  4. Congratulations to you and Lucy! 10 years is a true milestone in any relationship! My own Miss Lucy is curled up in my lap.

    The yarn bowl is gorgeous. Wish!!

  5. Katie Lynn says:

    I’ve had my eye on a yarn bowl, but was never willing to shill out that much on a product I’m not sure of. I’m glad you like yours!

  6. Donna from Muskegon,MI says:

    Happy Mama’s day, I would love to see a picture of Lucy the day she came to you. I have never used a yarn bowl but they look very handy. Hopefully I’ll get a chance. Thank you.

  7. I also want to say, I’m humbled and moved by the overwhelmingly positive comments on this blog. Thank you, each of you, for your entry to Wendy’s giveaway. I wish everyone could win.

  8. I noticed Lucy on your yarn bowl right away. What a special yarn bowl! I would love to win the yarn bowl. I have 9 sheep and 5 new lambs.

  9. wow i have dreamed of one of those ever since i saw them. Left Side for me!

  10. Happy mothers day to Lucy’s mom. I really like your bowl and would love to win one for myself. My birthday is this month and that would be a great present. Thanks for the chance to win.

  11. Would love to win this. It is so pretty.

  12. That is a great bowl. I like the two extra holes, and Wendy, I think your idea of using them for colorwork is great. That really does look like Lucy, and I love the paw batting at the yarn. Cindy, you make great yarn bowls. Thanks for donating one for this contest.

  13. So love Miss Lucy and the bowl! Thanks for sharing

  14. Would love a bowl – especially as May 15th is my birthday!
    Jennifer´s last blog post ..Color Affection Continues

  15. Happy adoption anniversary, Lucy and Wendy! Wish I could remember when I began reading your blog, but it feels like I’ve known you for a good part of those ten years. The yarn bowl has some of the best features I’ve seen–it would be wonderful to win it!

  16. What a lovely yarn bowl! Thanks for the chance to win one!

  17. The likeness of Lucy on the yarn bowl is amazing! Love it.

  18. Ooh, I’ve been wanting a yarn bowl for ages! I’d love to win one.
    Your Miss Lucy bowl is ADORABLE!
    Melissa´s last blog post ..Sewing Sewing

  19. Yarn bowls intrigue me – would love to win a sheep-y one!

  20. Nice bowl!! And Happy fur-Mother day! Many thanks to Cindy also.

  21. It’s a great yarn bowl–maybe even better with a sheep or dog on it…. Looks like it would be very handy.

  22. Lauraquilts says:

    I love the yarn bowls! That will keep my cat, Buddy, from chasing the yarn ball. Sometimes it is just to hard for him to resist.

  23. Rebecca says:

    Choose me…I would love a yarn bowl…will keep the kitties from playing with it…
    Thanks for your generosity…

  24. I would love to win the yarn bowl. Its’ beautiful!!!

  25. Happy 10th Anniversary!

    I would LOVE LOVE LOVE the yarn bowl!

  26. Would LOVE to have a yarn bowl!!
    Michele Ross´s last blog post ..The Yellow Rose of Texas

  27. How lovely!

  28. Kristine says:

    Pretty! Thanks for the contest 🙂

  29. Anne Marie B says:

    Love, love, love these beautiful bowls! Thank you for such a great give-away!

  30. Oh that lucy bowl is sooooo cute. I have an unhealthy love of yarn bowls so I probably shouldn’t go check out the link, but I will anyhow. Lol

  31. I would love to try one!

  32. Kristine says:

    LOVE that yarn bowl. May have to order one if I don’t win 🙂

  33. Beautiful! I would love to have one of these for myself.

  34. Thank you for sharing your pretties with us…. you are so generous, as are your friends who donate things for our enjoyment. Now…as any 65 year old woman would say….elegantly…. PICK ME, PICK ME!!!
    Maria Neill´s last blog post ..In memory of my beloved Mother

  35. Angel Rakowski says:

    I have been lusting over one of these since I’ve discovered them. Thanks for the review!

  36. Catherine S. says:

    Wendy! OMG, how much I love this little yarn bowl! You know very well I’m not in the “gathering” portion of my life but so much into getting rid of stuff but I’m captivated by this toy. So, so perfect in every way.

  37. Suzie Picciano says:

    Oh great random number generator….pick me!

  38. Mary Beth says:

    Wow!! Thanks for the chance.

  39. Mande Kuechenmeister says:

    I would love a yarn bowl!! Thanks for the chance!

  40. Does she do special orders? I’ll have to look on her website. I would love a sheep bowl, however. Very nice picture of Lucy on the bowl.

  41. Happy Kitty Mother’s Day!!! 😀
    What a lovely yarn bowl!

  42. A beautiful bowl & a beautiful Lucy.
    Lisa´s last blog post ..Yarn Crawl 2013

  43. Happy Lucy-versary!! The bowls are just lovely. I sending a message to the random generator gods to pick my name. Have a great week!!

  44. I usually knit with the yarn coming from the left. I really like your custom made bowl.

  45. I’ve wanted one of those bowls forever! And Happy Kitty Mama Day, too – we celebrated here, too!
    janna´s last blog post ..Blogger Fail

  46. What a nice prize!

    Happy Lucy-versary to both of you. Lucy wants to know if THIS is the time she’ll get her long-anticipated flock of chicks?
    Barbara Seiver´s last blog post ..A magnificent cat

  47. Kathy in Alaska says:

    Happy Mother’s Day to you and Lucy!
    And me, please, for the lovely yarn bowl! Thank you!

  48. happy lucy-versary. always enjoy reading Lucy’s comments. ( and yours as well!)

  49. Kathleen gray says:

    Oh.. Love so much the bowl.. Lucky lady..

  50. Erin H. says:

    I would love one that sits to my left 🙂

  51. Some people are very cleaver…as your friend Cindy! So talented at the wheel and then to think of something so practical and useful for her friends and others too. That is an amazing tool to have in your living room to keep it neat while you don’t have to put your project away between sessions. I love it!

  52. Such pretty and useful pottery! Thanks for the chance, and happy anniversary to mom and kitty!

  53. What a lovely bowl! Thank you for offering it.

  54. Danie Evans says:

    What a lovely idea!! Thank you for offering this as a prize from your blog!!

  55. Carla Linneman says:

    I have been looking at these bowls, but wondered if they would tip. Good to hear that they don’t.

  56. Kerry A says:

    happy lucy-versary!

  57. Beautiful knitting bowl. Thanks for the chance to win one!

  58. As a new knitter, I’m thrilled to learn that I really don’t have to use my favorite ice cream bowl to keep my yarn in check! 😉 Beautiful work – thanks for the opportunity to win a right-side bowl, and Wendy, thank you for your fun blog!

  59. Winning my very own bowl would make my day!

    Happu cat-iversary!!

  60. So cute!

  61. I’d love to have the bowl, my kitties go after my yarn all the time, this might help.
    Chris Reeske´s last blog post ..How to make the stretched star

  62. Oh my! I’ve been drooling over yarn bowls for years but have yet to get one for myself. This would be the perfect time to get one! Sure hope I win!

    Happy Lucy-versary!

  63. That is such a cute bowl! I’d love one!
    Julia´s last blog post ..Monkey’s Christmas Adventure

  64. I have been searching and searching for the perfect yarn bowl! This is it!

  65. Marie R. says:

    Those yarn bowls are pretty.Awww, You’ve had Lucy as a little longer than I’ve had my two kitties.

  66. Your yarn bowl is so cute…recognized Lucy right off the bat! I’d love to get one for my mom with Godzilla on it. Thanks for the give a way!
    Brenda´s last blog post ..Washington DC

  67. Bety Jo says:

    I would love to get one of those bowls. It might help to keep my cat from attacking my yarn LOL

  68. margaret says:

    lovely bowl – and happy anniversary to Lucy!

  69. Beautiful and practical-what is there not to adore about this bowl?! Your’s is just delightful!
    Cindy in FL´s last blog post ..The Art of Mothering and Daughtering……

  70. Lovely giveaway. Please enter me!

  71. This is just the sweetest little yarn bowl, so if I don’t win, it goes on my birthday Wish List! Thanks for this opportunity!

  72. I just love yarn bowls! Thanks for the link, I can’t wait to share with my knitting friends!
    nikkapotamus´s last blog post ..DS106 T-shirt Remix

  73. Love the yarn bowl. Organization is my middle name!

  74. I’d love to win a yarn bowl. Very unique.

  75. Margo W says:

    I would be happy with any of Cindy’s yarn bowls. Your Lucy bowl is adorable.

  76. The bowls are beautiful Looks like they are crafted with lots of love and detail. I have been wanting one since I started knitting these past few years. Happy Lucy-Versary. I am sure that Lucy has received lots of love from you. This beautiful and loving cat has filled your life with love too. Happy Aniversary to you too Lucy.

  77. Elizabeth Etter says:

    I would love to have a yarn bowl. And Lucy looks so cute on the yarn bowl.

  78. Janet B says:

    A lovely bowl and a a majestic cat. Thanks!

  79. I would love to win the beautiful yarn bowl, right handed. Happy Lucy-versary; I hope you both had a nice day.

  80. Emily Cossins says:

    Happy Lucy-versary!

  81. How awesome!! I would love to have a personalized yarn bowl…Thank you, Wendy & Cindy, for the opportunity.

  82. Snowflake says:

    Hi Wendy,
    I would love, love, love to win that sheepy yarn bowl!!!
    Thanks for such a wonderful opportunity and for writing a great blog.

  83. Claudia says:

    I’ve seen yarn bowls, but your sales pitch has me intrigued. She does have some lovely bowls in her ‘shop’.

  84. Please count me in? The bowl is so cute. Happy Lucy-versary. 🙂

  85. Marsha Wood says:

    A Yarn bowl! I’ve always wanted one. Thanks for the chance to win one.

  86. OK my cats are jealous and will soon demand their own effigies in bowls. Or perhaps small catnip topiaries. Beautiful bowls!

  87. Sarah M says:

    Love the yarn bowl, and happy Lucy-versary 🙂

  88. TooTwistedDonna says:

    What a lovely bowl. I would love one. And happy Mother’s Day. Lucy is one lucky Kitty!!

  89. Anna Flowers says:

    Happy Lucy-versary! She’s a lucky girl.

    The yarn bowl is adorable AND functional.

  90. Vicky C says:

    Happy Anniversary! I have 3 purring bundles of floofy love that I will share an 11 year anniversary with in August. My Tootsie looks very much like your Lucy.
    Love your special yarn bowl and the sheep bowl is awesome too.

  91. LP Starr says:

    What cute bowls, and what a nice review of them you have written. I have never seen any with the long curved slot or with the holes and both of those appeal to me.

  92. Bridget says:

    OOhhh. It could be my birthday present!
    I’m sure my Scarlett would be happy that my balls of yarn wouldn’t be dropping on her head.

  93. The yarn bowl looks super cute with Lucy on there. I’ll have to check out the website.

  94. Oooh, a yarn bowl would be lovely. Thanks for the chance.

  95. Kamilla Mazanec says:

    If your yarn bowl survives Lucy, I am sure it will survive my two poodles. Would love to have one. Left Handed.

  96. Oh how darling!! My yarn is forever rolling around and I have found nothing that will keep it in place and not tip over or keep the yarn from pulling out smoothly. Lovely!

  97. My friend made herself a yarn bowl but I couldn’t talk her into making another(pottery’s not her thing). I t would be great to have a little protection for my tarn from my house mates. Love when your emails arrive.

  98. Oooo, pick me, random number generator! I love a great yarn bowl… I keep my yarn on the right side…
    Sandra´s last blog post ..Such a proud Mom!

  99. Andrea W. says:

    I have a Yarn Bowl Category on Pinterest. They are all so unique and love them all. Please let me be the Keeper and User of your yarn bowl give away!

  100. Venice Smith says:

    A yarn bowl sounds great. I’m forever knocking my yarn onto the floor, and this sounds like a lovely solution.