On a recent trip to Eureka, I stopped by Northcoast Knittery, and found this amazing gadget on the yarn bar. (And how great is a yarn bar? You can try out various yarns and needles and they encourage you to write reviews.)
I hate to purl, but when I tried their Wool Tree, it kept the tension even and even purling became a snap. These locally-made platforms are like a lazy susan for your yarn ball. At $49, it can feel a bit pricey, but it’s made of maple (or walnut) and manufactured in America. It does seem to work best with skeins that are cone-shaped.
It’s nice to see Northcoast Knittery doing so well. They’re moving to a much larger space, and I look forward to new discoveries like the Wool Tree on my next trip.