Yarn bowls are lovely things and I envy knitters and crocheters who have one. They can be made out of a variety of materials, clay and wood being the most used materials and some approach fine art. I think a yarn bowl for it to be really functional should be large enough and deep enough to hold yarn while it's being worked. One of the problems with yarn bowls as that they usually are wide open and that means, especially at my house, that my cats Biscuit and Rhubab can get into the bowl, steal the yarn, and generally make a huge mess out of what ever it is I'm trying to make. The other problem is that I don't have a large capacity lathe so making a really large bowl is out of the question.
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Solution: purchase a suitably large bowl and make a wooden lid that fits on the top. It will keep the yarn in the bowl, use up more scrap wood, and keep the rotten cats out of my knitting.
Here's the bowl I got. I purchased this for a couple of bucks at Target. It's about 11 1/2' in diameter and stands about 9 1/2" deep. It's clear plastic so you can see the yarn inside which is a nice added bonus:
For the lid I choose a piece of 11 1/2" wide by 23" long piece of pine for the lid and a 1"x 4"piece of pine for the knob on the top. You can use any type of wood, solid or laminated, for this. I'm going to laminate all this together so I'll have a 11 1/2" x 11 1/2" x 1 1/4" thick block with a 3 1/2" x 3 1/2"x 1 1/4" block on the top for turning:
As this is drying in the shop at the moment I'll stop here. Tomorrow I'll turn the lid and fit it to the bowl and then it's finished.
Drop by tomorrow to see the results.