Bowled over

Fairly recently I came across the concept of a yarn bowl – a heavy bowl with a curved slot in it. You put your ball of yarn in the bowl, slip the strand you are using into the slot, place the bowl on the floor and the yarn is fed out without the ball rolling around all over the place getting dirty and entangled in the furniture/shoes/dog. The first one of these I saw was on a German website, making it prohibitively expensive when the shipping was taken into account… and anyway, there would have been loads of yarn-bowl-miles associated with it.

The happy snail yarn bowl

The happy snail yarn bowl

I’ve never seen one made by a local potter, so a little Googling was required. As I should have expected, etsy listed a number of sources. But I was absolutely astonished to see that the Little Wren Pottery sells a happy snail yarn bowl! There really aren’t many happy snails in the world so I just had to have one. I was made to order for me by hand and arrived yesterday.

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The yarn is fed through the spiral slot in the snail’s shell – brilliant

OK, it’s from North Yorkshire, so does have a few miles associated with it, but I’m really delighted to have supported a small business and to have added to my small collection of happy snails – thank you Victoria.

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  1. it is GORGEOUS ❀

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  2. That is such an awesome idea! Thanks for the inspiration!

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  3. Never heard of a yarn bowl, but it’s an excellent idea, and yours is super-cute! Also, I saw this picture on another blog–http://lenerslens.wordpress.com/2013/09/04/my-garden-at-a-glance/ –and thought of you. It definitely looks like a happy snail!

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  4. That is brilliant! πŸ˜€

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  5. Aw a happy snail! I really, really need to get a yarn bowl. It’s so time consuming chasing a contrary ball of yarn all over creation. πŸ˜‰

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  6. It really is a gorgeous bowl, and I’ve been so very tempted, time and time again, to buy one – but my thrifty soul tells me that the plastic container that used to hold catering jam works just as well with the 4 holes drilled into the lid πŸ™‚
    When I’m weakening, I tell myself that my version is definitely not as pretty, but at least that’s one less thing in the landfill sites πŸ™‚

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    • I’m being really good at the moment about not buying unnecessary ‘stuff’, but I couldn’t resist this and am justifying it because it supports someone running a small business.

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