Welcome back. The mystery object is a knitting bowl or yarn bowl.
I’d previously seen mass-produced ceramic ones in Flying Tiger and drooled over very nice, but expensive, hand turned wooden bowls at a wool festival before I became the proud owner of this beauty.
I was very lucky to get it. I’m not sure what kind of wood it’s made from, but it’s beautifully hand-made and very smooth, so my yarn will never snag on the inside. One of my lovely knitting friends very kindly asked her husband to make it – he has a woodworking shed in the garden. She jokes that she likes to give him things to do to keep him busy and stop him getting under her feet! I’m very grateful that he was able to do this. He’s very talented.
The idea is that the yarn you are working with sits in the bowl and feeds through the slot. The spiral stops it jumping out. This keeps the yarn clean, and stops the ball of yarn rolling on the floor, picking up dust and fluff. If you have a pet, it’s great for keeping their hair off your work (our dog moults a ridiculous amount of thick black hair that is impossible to avoid!) He has also been known to do this…..
If your dog or cat steals balls of yarn for their own recreational use, the bowl really helps!
I find that it works best with round balls of yarn that have enough room to move freely and unwind within the bowl.
When I’m not knitting and the bowl is empty (It’s the only knitting accessory that stays out on display), it’s a useful place to put those random little items you find when tidying up, like pins and stitch markers.
Do you have a favourite knitting accessory?