Today I got the lidded yarn bowl I ordered from Sommerville Pottery and it is just perfect! I have to say I am quite particular about what I want in a yarn bowl. Since there don’t seem to be any yarn bowls out there with sides that curve like parentheses, which keeps the ball of yarn from jumping out of the bowl if you give the yarn a good hard yank, the next best design, IMHO, is one with a lid, and this is the best lidded one I’ve found. I have seen lidded yarn bowls (and have one ) that only have holes in the lid (also useful for sticking straight needles into to hold a project), but if you use one of the holes to feed your yarn through and you want to change to another project, you have to cut the yarn. However, the lid of this yarn bowl has two notches, which also makes it perfect for either two-color work or double stranded work. It’s a large bowl, a little over 5 inches deep and 9-1/2 inches wide at the lip. The lid adds another 1-1/2 inches of height to the area inside the bowl. It will easily hold more than one ball of yarn. It may seem a little pricy, but you get what you pay for and this is a substantial and well made piece of pottery. It even comes with those little rubber disks that stick onto the bottom to keep it from marring surfaces and to make it “nonskid.”
Unless you buy one that states “READY TO SHIP” in the description, the bowls are made to order with some size choices, and several glaze choices (mine was matte light blue), so there is some lag time (a couple of weeks) between placing your order and receiving your bowl. There are several styles besides this one, and Sommerville Pottery has a style that caters to those who prefer to leave their yarn in a pull skein rather than wind it into a ball. Money well spent.