Compensation for having to leave the cottage early: making it back to the city in time for the Sunday Antique Market.
St. Lawrence Market is a famous food market open from Tuesday to Saturday, but on Saturdays the North Market offers space for farmers, and on Sundays, for collectible dealers. Technically the regular market is now the north market, because the actual North Market is slated for demolition and rebuilding and has moved temporarily to a marquis tent just south of the regular market but hey! we'll just refer to it as the Antique Market, shall we?
Technically I don't love the Antique Market - in the move, I had to give up a lot of stuff I'd collected in such places over the years, and I am not anxious to fall back off the no-clutter wagon - but I have a perpetual weakness for vintage bowls like this Pyrex one and as it was the end of the day, the vendor let me have it for $10.
If you know the primary colour nesting sets, you'll recognize this as the print counterpart of the small blue bowl, so handy for mixing up cake icing or serving fruit. It's not quite the same shade of blue though, so I won't be pairing those two bowls together! I do think it will be beautiful with cookies in it at Christmas though.
When I'm not storing yarn in it. Because you know what? Small knitting projects look really nice in a decorative friendly bowl like this. And they're safer that way than loose in a basket where the yarn might catch on a protruding bit of wood or straw.
When I was clearing out the house I had a lot of catching points like that, where I couldn't quite face letting go of something. I thought of yarn again when I stumbled across these tins:
And really, I should have thought of them before. They are probably too small for something knit with straight needles, but I am pretty sure tins are mothproof, and I know they are stackable, and your needles are not going to stick out the side as mine sometimes do from a little cloth bag.
That said: little cloth bags are still my favourite! I love how you can squish the yarn inside them like a cuddly toy. And mine, as you know, often have beautiful embroidery on the fun vintage fabrics.
What's your favourite spot to set down your knitting?
ps: rabbit hole alert. The Pyrex Love site I linked to above is an amazing source of information on collectible glass bowls and casserole dishes! I could read it all day (and might, ahem.)