If it’s one thing I love doing with HaldeCraft, it’s combining my love of making ceramics with my love of yarn. Which is one reason I make so many yarn bowls! Here are five that I currently offer.
The J-cut style is a good, short, sturdy bowl designed with a wide flat base great for ensuring it doesn’t tip over if jostled. This is a great bowl for the non-monogamous crafter, because it offers just the J-cut yarn guide (not a hole in the side to run your yarn through). If you’ve ever threaded your yarn through one of those holes and then discovered you wanted to take that project on the go, or change projects entirely, and figured out that there’s now no way to get the yarn out of the hole other than cutting it…. you’ll appreciate the J-cut yarn guide even more.
The Thrown style is actually a slipcast yarn bowl, which means that to make it I use a liquid clay that sets up in a plaster mold. This particular plaster mold has horizontal ridges all up and down the bowl, as if it had actually been thrown. I then cut the yarn guide and holes (a little bit differently each time). These are glazed in solid colors that have bits of multi-colored glass inside, that in the heat of the kiln melt and make drips and flecks in the glaze. These never turn out the same way twice!
The Wide style is the newest addition to the HaldeCraft lineup. I’ve discovered in my own personal yarn bowl usage that it’s not always just my working yarn that winds up in the bowl… often there’s at least one tape measure in there, and maybe some lengths of scrap yarn that I use for marking afterthought heel locations in my socks, and quite possibly an extra pair of needles or a crochet hook I use for picking up and fixing dropped stitches… yeah, my yarn bowls are more like catch-alls! That’s why I wanted to bring in this wider yarn bowl. It’s great for people like me who want lots of random things around but also need to keep them off the surface where they’d get knocked about by cats…. but it’s also great for those who work up heavy worsted or bulky yarns! This bowl holds a ton. And I haven’t even mentioned the hand-drawn scrolls on the inside, that are different on every bowl.
The Flower Pot style is the original HaldeCraft yarn bowl style, and is much beloved. Another slipcast style, from a plaster mold originally intended to be a flower pot; the bowls are decorated on one side with leaves, and on the other side, stylized flowers. Then I cut the yarn guide and the holes after I’ve pulled the piece out of the mold. It’s the perfect size bowl for a skein of sock through worsted weight yarn, and curves in at the top to hold onto your yarn should you pull too hard through the yarn guide (what, I can’t be the only one who’s suddenly wound up with their yarn bouncing out of the bowl with too hard a tug on a bit of yarn barf, right?).
The Marie yarn bowl is proving to be a much loved shape – technically more of a box than a bowl. They definitely combine the love of yarn with the love of clay, as they are formed by me rolling a hand-crocheted doily into the clay (think pie dough, or cookie dough), cutting out the shape, and then folding it up and sealing it like clay origami. These are sturdy, high yarn bowls and are perfect for colorwork, or if you have two of something (socks, gloves) going at once. The working skein can sit on top of the waiting skein as you work. These may be tall, but they’re also wider at the base, ensuring a sturdy balance that doesn’t get knocked over easily.
Want to see more of those five, and the other six I didn’t talk about in this post? You can see all the HaldeCraft yarn bowls here.