Best Knitting Tools: A Yarn Bra Review


This review is a guest post from Kate Tagai.  Thanks, Kate for giving the Yarn Bra a try.  I’m glad you liked it.

5d4bdf1f9bc65b69eb727400505b610bTo tell you how I relate to my knitting tools, let me tell you how I knit.  I carry my knitting everywhere I go.  Everywhere.  Every type of yarn from cheap acrylics to fine fancy alpaca gets the tumbler treatment in my bag so that I can pull it out when faced with a moment’s idle hands: staff meetings, long car trips, waiting in lines, the ferry. I usually knit my yarn from the outside, because though it means the yarn dances around in my lap and rolls away onto the floor as I knit, the ball keeps its integrity longer without disintegrating into a tangled knotted mess.   

Occasionally, and especially with fingering weight yarn, unrolling it from the outside causes large chunks of yarn to slough off and tangle into massive knots in my bag as the knitting tumbles around.   I brought my complaint to Mim.  As usual, she provided a solution.  She led me to her wall of goodies and pulled down a package.

ka-bra“Try a yarn bra.” She said. I must confess that I have tucked a working skein behind the strap of my bra to keep it up off a subway train floor and this was the first image in my mind.  I know Mim can look at customers and divine their knitting woes, empower the meek, enable the reluctant, but could she delve into our minds and read the deepest darkest depths we have all sunk to just to keep knitting?  Possibly. But that wasn’t what she was doing at that moment.

What Mim handed me was a plastic net.  It resembled a very sturdy version of the foam netting that protects tropical fruit in the grocery store. 

“Try it” She said. So I did. 

I tried it for a month, varying my knitting routine only by adding the firm plastic mesh around the ball of yarn.  I still carried my knitting everywhere, soundly mistreating it, stuffing it into a suitcase, carrying it back and forth to work, piling it on my coffee table and turning my back for a moment so that cat was invited to use it as a custom made bed.  All the usual stuff. 

43a3c82d145697ff057a71e8331d3970Folding the yarn bra in half makes it pretty simple to insert the yarn into the middle of the mesh and then fold the netting back over it, centering the strand of yarn in one of the open ends.  As I said, for various reasons of preference I have been knitting my skeins from the outside in and it took a few false starts to arrange the yarn in a way that would allow tension free feeding.  Every so often I had to stop and rearrange the yarn again, especially If I sitting down for a good long marathon, I’d remove the yarn bra altogether. 

The next skein I put in as a center pull ball, no stopping to rearrange, no need to take the skein out of the netting on long knitting stints.   The netting had the added advantage of keeping book corners and pens and cords from becoming tangled in the yarn and pulling out strands that would then get tangled.  It kept everything neat and tidy just as promised.   The package comes with different sizes of netting to accommodate different sizes of skeins.  Though if I am knitting with a cheap acrylic skein wound into a log I wouldn’t bother with a yarn bra, for all of my luxury yarn and center pull balls of handspun, these are a new standard piece of equipment in my knitting arsenal.

We have these yarn bras in stock and they make an excellent holiday gift for your favorite knitter.

Celebrate I Love Yarn Day


Knitting MarathonDeveloped by the Craft Yarn Council, I Love Yarn Day celebrates its fifth year on October 17, 2015. We missed the first year, but we’ll be holding our Fourth Annual “I Love Yarn Day” Community Blanket 24 Hour Knitting Marathon as well.  This year is all about stitching it forward, and what better way to do so than by joining Over the Rainbow Yarn in our Community Blanket Marathon on October 16 and 17, 2015?

The fun starts at 12 p.m. on Friday, October 16 and goes until 12 p.m. the next day with teams of four knitters knitting around the clock in two hour shifts. Located in the Winslow-Holbrook Square in downtown Rockland, Maine, the marathon also benefits local non-profit groups and the AIO Food Pantry.

How does it work? 

You can sign up for one or more two-hour shift with a team, some friends or by yourself.  If you end up sitting down with strangers, I promise you won’t stay strangers for long.  More than one lasting friendship has started over the Community Blanket.

Knitting MarathonAfter the 24 hours of knitting, the completed blanket will be displayed at our shop, where raffle tickets can be purchased, until the Rockland Main Street Festival of Lights. The raffle proceeds will go to one of the non-profit groups collecting canned goods at the Community Blanket Marathon

If you are a member of a local non-profit organization, you can contend to win the proceeds of the raffle for your group.  Bring a box down to Winslow-Holbrook park on October 16th and mobilize your members to bring non-perishable food items to fill it.  The non-profit with the most food items (by number, not by weight) wins.  You can increase your gain by helping us sell raffle tickets.  And all the food goes to AIO Food Pantry.

Knitting MarathonIf you just want to support the knitters or help out the non-profits, come down to the park and vote with you non-perishable food items, buy some raffle tickets (or bring the knitters chocolate) and watch the blanket come into being.  You could wind up winning a beautiful blanket!

The perfect way to celebrate this year’s theme of stitching it forward, we hope to see you at the marathon with us. If you can’t make it to the event, there are still plenty of other ways to celebrate I Love Yarn Day!

Get Involved

The Craft Yarn Council is hosting two contests: A photo contest and a video contest. The video contest takes place from August 31 to October 24 and the photo contest takes place from September 8 to October 24. The video with the most YouTube views will win, so get your video up right away and share your passion for yarn and I Love Yarn Day.  One winner and two runner up videos will be chosen.

For the photo contest, share your original photo on Instagram with the hashtags #ILYD2015 and #stitchitforward. You can enter as many new photos as you want and winners will be chosen for the following categories:

  • The most people taught in a photo
  • The youngest person taught
  • The oldest person taught
  • The biggest Stitch it Forward failure
  • The funniest location for teaching

A winner will be chosen from each group, as well as five runners up. Visit Craft Yarn Council for contest rules and to check out the awesome prizes available.

Happy knitting and happy I Love Yarn Day to you all!

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