Go Bowling: Contain Your Knitting with Money to Sparecomments (6) September 12th, 2008
Necessity is the mother of invention. I came up with this new knitting helper while I was starting on a new project recently. It began with 8 stitches on size 3 DPNs, so I was really struggling to get started with the pattern increases and juggling the needles even though I had my tongue out and was doing the prerequisite breath holding. Stitches were dropping and twisting, so I ended up ripping it out countless times. Using the surface of my sewing table to steady the bits and pieces seemed to work a little, but I needed to elevate my work to give it a little more stability. Looking up from my work, I spied the big bowls I use to hold my Stupid Sock Creature supplies, so I dumped one out and flipped it over. Perfect! The crisis was diverted and I was on my way. Once I had several successful rows under my belt, I didn’t need the inverted bowl anymore, so I flipped it over and put my pattern, yarn, and project in it when I was done. Next time I was ready to knit, I took the bowl and its contents and just began knitting, keeping all the stuff in the bowl. When I began the intarsia section, the yarn bobbins were supported by the bottom of the bowl, which prevented them from weighing down the knitting and somehow alleviated the tangling, too! Try the bowl method to tame all of your unruly craft projects!
I bet you have a lightweight plastic bowl tucked in one of your cabinets that you can repurpose as your yarn bowl. If not, head out to the dollar mart, thrift store, or discount mega market to score one of your very own.
Check out John Murphy’s gallery of brilliant Sock Creatures. You will fall in love and have to have one for your very own. John will whip one up to your specifications, or grab his book Stupid Sock Creatures at your local bookstore to create your own lovable monster.