Given the current posting and discussion about bobbins and yarn butterflies, I thought I'd post a photo of an interesting piece of knitting paraphanalia. This little house is made of wood with painted details. It measures 8" x 6.5" x 7.5" tall. The roof opens (see second photo)for yarn to be placed inside. Each ball is then threaded through the (4) holes in the roof; the holes have a slit in them so that the ball can be removed even if it is still attached to the knitting. I am certain that this is for fair isle and argyle knitting. I think that Lars told me last year that the German is "Knitting Cottage". I've never used it but enjoy owning it.
BTW: Has anyone ever seen a "Great Scot Argyler" or have a picture of one?