I was reading posts and had tons to add, but when I get a white box...my mind just freezes. :( I use a ceramic owl lantern from Hobby Lobby as a "yarn bowl" to hold any skein while I work. I put the yarn end through one of the holes in the feathers. Then, later, I can always replace the metal holder and use it as a lantern, if I really get the urge. It will work regular size skeins.