The main function of a Yarn Bowl is to hold your yarn ball so it doesn't roll all over the room while you're working. Our Medium, Large, and XL Yarn Bowls serve that purpose very well! However, when we started getting numerous requests for bigger bowls, Bob started creating XXL, XXXL and occassionally "Jumbo" Yarn Bowls.
These yarn project bowls serve the usual purpose –allowing one or two larger balls of yarn to roll freely in the bowl with the added benefit of extra room to decoratively store your project, extra yarn, tools, pattern, etc.
When purchasing our oversized XXL+ Yarn Project Bowls, please keep in mind that while two balls of yarn will "roll nicely" when using the yarn groove, three or more large balls of yarn have a tendency to tangle when you feed individual yarns all together through the groove.
If you're purchasing an XXL+ Yarn Bowl in order to work with three or more different large balls rolling in the bowl at one time, please be advised that you'll need to let the balls of yarn pull freely (from the top of the bowl) without locking them into the groove, this should prevent them from tangling in the bowl!
TIP: Add a small cup or jelly jar in the middle of the bowl creating a "hub". The cup will hold your tools and scraps and allow multiple balls of yarn to pull freely from the top without tangling!
Last week I received a call from a tree cutter friend who was contracted to remove a special tree, which was growing too close to a building. Not recognizing the species, he had contacted an Arborist who correctly identified the tree as Agathis robusta, commonly know as “Queensland Kauri”.
Native to Australia, New Guinea and New Zealand, this species has a history that goes back to the age of the dinosaurs. A coniferous evergreen reaching massive heights of 200 plus, Kauri has been heavily logged over time, although New Zealand controls harvesting.
A few Kauri’s grow in warmer U.S. states like California and Florida from zone nine south. The wood is highly favored by woodworkers crafting cabinets, furniture, guitars and violins.
I rescued a few choice specimens of this exotic wood from a big dumpster, and I’m turning some fine XXL Yarn Bowls. It’s fitting that the word Agathis is Greek “for a ball of thread (or yarn!), an allusion to the spherical female cone…” After a few months of curing, I’ll be able to start the finishing process and I anticipate a magnificent sheen, exquisite tones and grains in this beautiful wood. Snap one up –these go fast!
After many requests, we've added a few Extra Large Knitting Bowls to our lineup of Yarn Bowls. These oversized bowls are perfect for knitting and crochet enthusiasts and, much durable than pottery!
If you like to work with a very large ball of blanket or rug yarn, these bowls will accommodate with plenty of room to spare or store your project.
UPDATE 09/24/17: Response to Bob's one-of-a-kind XXL, XXXL and #JumboYarnBowls was a welcome surprise.
In Oct., 2016 a flood of manufactured wood yarn bowls started selling on our artisan website (our only sales channel). We were inspired to enjoy the process more as Bob shifted to creating #JumboYarnBowls exclusively. We look forward to showing them here at heckathornturnedwood.com with sure checkout very soon...