What's a Yarn Owl, you ask?? Well, it's an interesting yarn container from Diana Couture (DianaCouture.etsy.com) that will contain and keep your yarn clean, tangle-free, and away from your pets as you knit OR crochet.
Sounds like a great idea! But do they work well?
Diana sent me her Yarn Owls (skein size and sock project size shown here) to give them a try and here is my review.
First off - they are pretty cute!
They have an adorable Owl pattern on them, as you can see in the photo. And the bright red wrist straps are a pretty accent. Aesthetically, I'm a fan! Much cooler than the plastic kind that are available (tupperware doesn't cut it if I'm in a yarn snob mood!).
They are also very nicely made.
I can tell that real care and thought were put into the sewing of each one. Each Yarn Owl is fully lined in a natural colored cotton, which is ideal for keeping your yarn clean and unsnagged (there are NO exposed seams inside). Plus, the weight of the cotton fabric and the double thickness (the Owl fabric + lining) give these Yarn Owls just enough structure that they hold their own shape, yet could be collapsed to fit into a tight knitting or crochet bag.
I tried a Yarn Owl as I walked around the house knitting!
Works great! It's like what a headset does for someone who is always on the phone. It just makes so much sense and is such a nice convenience for someone who knits or crochets a lot to be able to carry around and protect their ball of yarn. The red strap can be snapped onto your belt loop, held around your wrist, even looped around the arm of your chair (depending on your chair, of course). Much better than having a ball of yarn rolling loosely around on the floor attracting and creating lint and furballs.
The top snaps easily and nicely, allowing the yarn to pull through a hole at the top very smoothly. Works just as designed (what we used to call a "WAD" when I was a computer programmer!).
Plastic "yarntainers" and unstructured bags with holes at the top just aren't as well-suited to all the uses that these Yarn Owls are perfect for! And because of the snap-top design, you can just remove the yarn and change out your ball vs. having to cut it, which is what some of the other yarn holders require you to do.
The taller skein version is nice too, and Diana notes on her site that even the fatter skeins will work. The larger Yarn Owls can also be used to store your smaller project in with the yarn. Great portability!
Overall, a really well-designed product that would be an really nice gift!
Yarn Owls are available at Diana's etsy shop at: DianaCouture.etsy.com. They come in other designs as well.
[Now, if they could only make these big enough to contain my 9-month old. Ha ha!]
Diana also sent me samples of her Skeini-T products (T-shirts for skeins!). my review of those coming soon!
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*** LASTLY, I will be giving away a Small Yarn Owl. Just leave a comment about this topic on this blog post by midnight, August 30, 2009, to enter the drawing. One commenter will be chosen randomly as the wiinner! One entry per person. ***
*** 8/31/09: AND THE RANDOMLY CHOSEN WINNER IS. . . Denise Park! Congratulations, Denise! Enjoy your Yarn Owl and come share you thoughts on it when you get a chance to try it out! ***