How to make: Yarn bowls to hold ball of yarn, for ball to roll easily

I was thinking of a plastic gallon bottle, cut the top off. It needs an opening on one side with a turn at end to hold yarn in place, yet be able to remove yarn when needed to. Just a hole in the bottle at start is not good because you can't remove yarn in middle of project. I don't have the tools to create this out of a wood bowl, or able to purchase ready made pottery. What is the best way to achieve this opening and turn at the end in plastic ?
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  • MN Mom MN Mom on Apr 12, 2016
    Helen I always use a ceramic teapot for my yarn holder. You need to use a smaller ball of yarn but you just thread the end of the yarn through the spout of the teapot and then place the ball inside. The ball rolls freely and the spout keeps the yarn from getting tangled.

  • Ranger Ranger on Apr 13, 2016
    Even a plastic ziplock bag would work, with a small hole punched into it for the yarn to come out...

    • Helen Kubicka Helen Kubicka on Apr 17, 2016
      @Ranger Thanks. I'll have my daughter try this method. Seems it should work - BAGS come in all sizes.

  • Valerie Valerie on Apr 13, 2016
    Another option would be use a glass jar. Make a hole in the lid for the yarn to come through.

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    • Helen Kubicka Helen Kubicka on Apr 18, 2016
      @Valerie Yes, I received good ideas all helpful. Zip lock bags come in various sizes too.

  • Laurel Smith Laurel Smith on Apr 13, 2016
    I use the containers that disinfecting kitchen wipes come in. I peel off the label & insert the skein or ball. You can cut a slit in the plastic with heavy duty scissors or garden snips. I do this so I can remove the yarn ball without needing to cut the yarn.

    • Helen Kubicka Helen Kubicka on Apr 17, 2016
      @Laurel Smith Good idea. Now for a large ball of yarn ... will keep in mind while in stores. Thanks Laurel.

  • Jemma Dee Jemma Dee on Apr 13, 2016
    Use a 2 liter soda bottle. It will hold a full skein of yarn. Cut it in half, insert yarn with end threaded through the top and tape it together. Place all your "bottles of yarn" in a tote bag and your yarn will never tangle. Recycle the bottles when you are done.

  • Kim Kim on Apr 13, 2016
    I use a low, wide mug with my fingering yarn that I wound from the skein onto my yarn ball winder. I put the yarn through the handle of the mug (it is a pottery mug that we use for chili and ice cream). The handle gives the yarn a little tension. Works great and I didn't have to buy anything. You could also use an empty oatmeal canister and cut a hole through the plastic lid for larger skeins.

  • Kathleen Conery Kathleen Conery on Apr 14, 2016
    If I understand your question correctly you want to be able to remove your yarn while it is still connected to the project. Laurel's suggestion including cutting a slit in the plastic lid would work. Or you could cut a curlicue shape in the side of a plastic bottle/bowl like the pottery ones have. Here's a nice wood example

    • Helen Kubicka Helen Kubicka on Apr 17, 2016
      @Kathleen Conery The bowl in the link you sent is exactly what inspired my daughter. Kathleen, Your reply very helpful. I've received good ideas. I've come across a large plastic container with handle that held cat liter. Made markings and am still thinking before I go ahead with the cut. I’m thinking of leaving a portion of the handleto act of sort of ‘spout’ – will need to cut a slit into the handle in order toslide out the yarn. Still thinking.

  • Mcgypsy9 Mcgypsy9 on Apr 15, 2016
    If your plastic container is let's say a gallon jug from milk. Cut a hole in the front side of the container opposite the handle. Big enough for your whole skeen of yarn to fit through. Run the end of the yarn up through the top from inside. You can carry it wherever you go with the handle and if you put the lid on over the yarn. It will hold the end of your yarn in place too. I usually unroll the yarn and roll it into a ball before I put it in. Hope this helps if I am understanding your question correctly.

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    • Helen Kubicka Helen Kubicka on Apr 22, 2016
      @Mcgypsy9 Guesse I was thinking of the teapot suggestion. Ignore 'spout'. and Thanks