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.
To 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.
“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.
Folding 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.