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The modern solution to keeping the yarn clean in the course of a knitting project is the notch bowl: an indispensable accessory for today's knitters. Gone are the days when a yarn ball runs over a not as clean floor as it unfolds when knitting. The grandmother may have put her yarn in a plastic bag to solve this problem, but has probably discovered that the yarn has "gathered" and has often stalled, resulting in frustrating breaks in the knitting process.
The notched yarn tray was created to solve this problem. The thread is simply placed in the bowl with the thread passing through the notch on the side of the bowl. The yarn runs smoothly and is kept clean and free of debris which it has picked up from the ground during unwinding. Some knitters even report that the unwinding of the ball in the notched yarn shell contributes to the relaxation of the knitting process.
These trays are made of a variety of materials, mainly wood and ceramics, and have a variety of creative, decorative notches that allow for a smooth unwinding of the yarn. Here are a few simple tips for the knitter who understands the design features and wants to make sure that the selected bowl is best for his purpose:
1. Make sure that the yarn bowl material is smooth, especially at the notch, as wool in this area of the bowl can easily fray with little roughness.
2. Select a bowl with the notch "J" so that the project can be separated from the bowl at any time during the project duration. The use of a bowl with a hole that needs to be threaded like a needle limits the knitter's ability to separate the project from the yarn bowl. This is important if you are working on a project that you want to take to different locations.
3. Make sure the sides of the bowl are high enough to prevent the ball of wool from jumping out of the bowl. This height varies with the size of the yarn bobbin used by the knitter. A 3 "sidewall is generally high enough to contain most of the ball of wool.
4. Choose a design and a color that fit the home decor of the knitter. If the yarn tray is not used for a knitting project, it may be an exhibit. Even if a bowl is used that matches the interior of the house, the knitter can flaunt the project in a neat and attractive way.
5. Choose a yarn bowl designed by someone who knits. Knitters finally know best what knitters need. For example, Susanne James is a potter and knitter and has designed a series of 3 notched shawls that she uses herself for her knitting projects. The first one simply has the "J" shaped notch. One second has the score decorated with the image of a dragonfly draped along the edge of the notch "J". The third one adds a lid to the bowl to protect it from overflowing and pet damage.