The Problem With Having Big Balls . . .

One of those super bulky yarn cakes winds into a really big ball, too big for my little yarn bowl.   It tends to either scoot the bowl or hop out of it when I pull more out because the ball is too big and heavy to turn freely.   The yarn ball is also too tall for my big yarn bowl that has a lid.  But the lady at the cancer center where I donate the hats said they need more men’s hats, and I’ve got two more cakes of this super bulky yarn, and I’m doing a baby afghan from a really big ball as well.   Super bulky is such big yarn that knots are problematic, so I’m not cutting the yarn to make smaller balls.  — Being able to knit the whole article from one continuous unbroken strand of yarn is optimal.   So what to do?

What I decided I needed was a big, deep, heavy bowl that would allow a ball of yarn this large  to roll around freely.  Turns out Wayfair. com did have just what I need.   It’s big and heavy, and the yarn feeds out through one of the notches just so nicely.  It’s kind of classy looking, too.  And, it was on sale. What more could you want?  So there’s that problem sorted.

What’s in it at the moment is another toboggan out of a really muted, light colored mix of yarn.





Early this morning, I made some pasta (nothing like a big pot of boiling water to add some humidity to the air!).  I thought what I’d bought was spaghetti, but when I got the package out, it said ‘linguini.’  No biggie.  I broke the sticks into thirds and chopped a small onion, and emptied two cans of Wolf Brand Chili into my casserole dish, to which I added the linguini.  I’m having a bowl at the moment, covered with sprinkle cheese, melted in the microwave, with a toasted English muffin on the side.  It’s just the thing for winter eating.

The Mossman Hat pattern I’m working on has a ribbed brim that folds, and three rows of stockinette where it is supposed to fold.  I’ve written two versions of the pattern, one for worsted weight yarn with knit/purl two stitches together on the decreases, but that’s too bunchy for superbulky yarn, so I wrote another version with a sl1, psso decrease which I think will work just fine.  You can see how big that ball of yarn still is even after I’ve knitted that much of the hat from it.  When you’re just casting on, the ball is ‘yuge.*’

Anyway, as today is Tuesday, I need to go wash my hair so it will be dry by time to go to knitting group.


*I could get all bent out of shape about the durn New Yorkers who don't know there's an "h" in "huge," but then there's more than a few good ol' boys in this neck of the flatlands who don't know there's an "r" in "throw."

Author: WOL

My burrow, "La Maison du Hibou Sous Terre" is located on the flatlands of West Texas where I live with my computer, my books, and a lot of yarn waiting to become something.

3 thoughts on “The Problem With Having Big Balls . . .”

  1. Talking of aitches, consider the word ‘herb’. In the UK this belongs in the group of h-words in which the initial ‘h’ is sounded, such as ‘hard’, ‘home’ and ‘hawk’. In American English, it seems to belong to the other group of h-words, those in which the initial ‘h’ is silent, such as ‘hour’ and ‘hono[u]r’. Thus we say ‘herbs’ and you say ‘erbs’.

    Straying slightly further afield, I note that many Americans spell the word ‘quiet’ as ‘quite’, though I cannot imagine why, as they sound quite different. At least, they do in UK English.

    To be honest (no ‘h’ sound) though, I daily hear many barbarisms among UK English speakers and so it behoves me to be tolerant of the peculiarities of American discourse.


  2. I lost a half hour last night when I first read this, since I’d never heard of Wayfair and had to go have a look. I very nearly bit on a set of butter pats with dragonflies and butterflies on them, but I resisted. I wish I’d known about the usefulness of these big bowls when I was disposing of Mom’s items after she died. She had three of them, very much like the one you show here. They were impressive, but I couldn’t figure out what in the world I’d do with them, so away they went. Yarn holders never crossed my mind.


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