A friend and I were discussing items that we could make and market that accessorize the burgeoning business of knitting. Because of her background in ceramics she suggested a pot, something heavy, stable and secure, with a hole in the lid to place on the floor keeping the yarn clean, out of the way, and untangled. It would also inhibit cats from playing with the balls while allowing the yarn to be brought up from below, which is where you want your yarn stream while knitting.
After she left I started cleaning up….
And as I was putting the dishes away I noticed an old teapot that struck me as the potential yarn holder we’d just been discussing. It already had the lid and the hole (spout), and it was far prettier than anything we’d thought of. This one is plenty heavy, so I tried it out and loved the results. Of course you don’t want to be kicking the teapot with your foot and breaking it, but if it’s heavy enough to remain stable against the force of pulling the yarn out of it (which isn’t much), you could just place it on a table. The best part is that you won’t have to rewind your yarn, but rather pull from the center as the shape of the teapot and spout hold the yarn while you pull each new length.
Set next to a little basket housing your project, I think this would be a nice design accent. Or you could place it on a silver tray with a biscuit cloth covering the knitting. I normally have my projects in plastic bags and hidden in drawers or closets. Out of sight keeps them out of mind. I’m going to try this for awhile and see if I knit more than usual – even if it’s only a row or two at a time.
Have you already seen one of these? Or do I really have an original idea?