I don’t know about you, dear reader, but I keep my yarn and fibre in plastic storage bins: a grand total of three and a half of them, which is altogether too much according to Odd-Even. As such, I’ve also secreted some stash in the freezer. Out of sight, out of mind, and all that.
Back in the day, though, people didn’t have to hide their stashes! They kept them in purpose-built wool baskets!
Wool baskets, you say? Yes, well, apparently they were intended for uncarded wool rather than stash per se, but still. This one was carbon-dated to 1440 and is in the collection of the Norwegian Folk Museum. (Click on the link for more photos.)
This undated photograph from Denmark shows a carding party with a wool basket in the foreground.
After the wool was carded and spun, a nøstepinne might come in handy. They required skill to make, as they were often carved from a single piece of wood and included a rattle mechanism so that the lady of the house (such as it were) could hear the servant winding the yarn. If the singles were intended for weaving vadmel, the resultant ball would be soaked in water for 3 days and then hung to dry for up to 3 weeks.
If you’re interested in more historical knitting and spinning, I recommend a visit to The Digital Museum, where I have just spent an entire evening. Some search terms you can use:
karde/kardemaskin (cards, carding machine)
rokk (spinning wheel)
ullkurv (wool basket)
Have fun falling down the rabbit hole! 😉