Wednesday, 2 March 2016

Yarn bowl magic

My neighbour is a wood turner. Recently I showed him some photos of yarn bowls and asked if he could make me one. Yesterday he popped round with this.





Made from beechwood, it is exquisite. A real joy to behold when I am knitting. And I did a little research on beech trees too: beech is known as the "Mother of the Woods" for its protective and nurturing qualities. It is linked to ancient wisdom and knowledge, meditation and healing, to making wishes. 

Associated with the origins of writing, in an old tree alphabet, the beech is symbolised by a crook, suggesting the shepherding of words into stories. The link with sheep here is appealing. And I like to think of my yarn bowl shepherding my stitches as I indulge in some meditative, mindful and always healing, knitting.

Tree Wisdom: the definitive guidebook to the myth, folklore and healing power of Trees by Jacqueline Memory Paterson

6 comments:

  1. How lovely - what a beautiful thing to have!

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  2. How lovely - what a beautiful thing to have!

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  3. Woah! You lucky thing! that is sooooo gorgeous! Real craftsmanship. xCathy p.s. I want one and I don't even knit!

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  4. I'm not really a knitter but I adore these yarn bowls. I've been admiring them made from pottery/ceramics lately but this beechwood bowl is stunningly gorgeous. What a talented neighbor/friend you have - and generous! It's just beautiful.

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  5. Hi, I have found your blog via Dovegreyreader and see that you live in a place very close to my heart. I love your yarn bowl, something both useful and beautiful. I shall look up the book on trees too.

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  6. Wow it is really beautiful!

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