Designing and Marketing Knitting Bowls

kylewilliam's picture

I have been looking online for about a year at knitting bowls... and I am in the process of making some out of ceramics, and working with a fabricator to cast them out of metals (I am exploring aluminum, zinc and/or bronze)

I'm just curious if anyone has suggestions regarding the design of a yarn bowl ... the ceramic ones are prevalant but I have yet to find one out of metal (except an antique onewhich is totally different from the type I'm designing) so I think it might be a good idea...

any thoughts? I figured I'd ask "my boys" first... re: design, marketing, distribution, etc. we're considering internet sales and distribution to select LYS around the country...



Serge664's picture

I would imagine you will

I would imagine you will have better luck with aluminum - it tends cast with a smoother finish and needs less clean-up because it shrinks away from the molds as it cools.

also it would be much lighter - i would expect a bronze bowl might be too heavy for some knitters to lift.

and it's much less expensive.

(can you tell i like aluminum?)

Please remember: I have a collection of needles and a history of violence

MMario's picture

I was just looking at some

I was just looking at some out on the web. If your metal ones are going to be in the style that has a coutout for the yarn to pass horizontallly out of the bowl - make sure the edges are rolled, or otherwise formed so they arenet going to abrade the yarn!

kylewilliam's picture

exactly - the prototype is

exactly - the prototype is complete and on its way to me for review... we're thinking of distributing them and I'm quite excited about it... I think the best part about a bowl like this is that if it's metal it won't break... unlike the ceramic ones... (which I also happen to be working on as well!) - what can I say... nothing like too many irons in the fire, right?


MMario's picture

YOu mean the bowls that you

YOu mean the bowls that you can put your yan into so the bowl/cone/skein/whatever doesn't roll all over the floor attracting marauding cats, dogs or children?

No reason metal couldn't be used.