Keeping our knit and crochet WIPs (works in progress) neat and organized is important not only for inspiring us to work on them, but for keeping our living spaces looking good.
Still, I’d like to applaud the person who came up with this idea for being pretty creative.
If you aren’t sure what you’re looking at….it’s a free-standing toilet paper holder. These items have a fairly slim profile and a weight base, which combine to make them good holders for your working yarn. If you wrap the yarn around an empty toilet paper core, as the picture taker has done, you ensure your yarn will spin freely as you knit or crochet. (Or when your pet attacks it.)
However, as clever as this is, I don’t think my hubby would approve of having it in our living room. Since I believe the ability to compromise is important for a healthy marriage, I started thinking up other options.
Yarn in a tea-pot is a new trend I’ve been seeing recently, so I thought I’d try it out. (I used Louisa Harding Grace Harmonies Yarn for this experiment.)
You won’t catch me doing this on a regular basis. In fact, this photo is the one and only time I’ve done it.
Maybe my tea-pot was the wrong shape, but I found it very difficult to get the yarn tail out the spout. I had to use a crochet hook to feed it through.
Then, as soon as I manged to feed the yarn through the spout, I had a craving for a cup of tea. Lesson learned: Don’t use your only, or favorite, tea-pot as a yarn holder.
The small, slim skein of Sirdar Kiko fit in the tube quite nicely.
Alternatively, some people use wine boxes of this type to store their straight knitting needles or crochet hooks.
A down side of both the tea-pot and wine box was that I couldn’t see my pretty yarn.
So I shoved it into a cookie jar. This seems to have potential. I can see my pretty Noro Silk Garden Sock yarn and the lid closes securely to keep out pets and dust.
I just can’t bake any cookies until the project is finished!
Another option that allows me to see the yarn, and is decorative to boot, is one of the crystal bowls we received as a wedding gift. It might as well be useful while it’s taking up space on the table. (Yarn is pretty than potpourri!)
Multiple balls can be used for decoration. Put one ball in the bowl if you’re making a project. The ball can roll around, but not escape.
Another option is to pick up a “yarn bowl.” You’ve probably seen these pottery bowls around. They have either a hole or a notch in the side through which your can feed your yarn. It keeps thinks a little neater than an open bowl like mine would.
Many local yarn stores keep a small stock of yarn bowls on hand. Fiber festivals are also good places to find them. There is an art gallery in my town that has them in the window. Just keep your eyes open.
The basket is big enough to hold a sweater, has handles for portability, and doesn’t look half bad on the coffee table in the living room.
How do you keep your active projects contained?
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