Will knit for wool

I wrote a post a few weeks ago about wanting to do more bartering, so I was delighted the other day to receive a message from a friend who is about to move house and is sorting out ‘stuff‘. He wanted to know if I would be interested in an exchange… he’d got some merino wool tops suitable for felting, did I want them and what would I offer in exchange? After a bit of discussion, we settled on a pair of hand-knitted socks. I sent him a photograph of my stash of sock wool:

My current sock yarn stash

My current sock yarn stash (smaller than it used to be!)

and he selected the colours he liked.

I still haven’t received his foot measurements yet, but that’s not a problem for the time being… I can do as far as just beyond the heel for both feet before I need to know. So at present on my needles are Eddie’s socks… I hope he likes them:

Work in progress on Eddie's sock (displayed with my happy snail yarn bowl)

Work in progress on Eddie’s sock (displayed with my happy snail yarn bowl)

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.


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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