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