Large shaker basket, rectangular form, black ash, double wrapped rim, finely shaped carved handles at either end, openwork woven bottom, Canterbury, NH, c. 1850, 17 1/2" h, 38 1/2" w, 24" d. The Doug Towle Shaker Collection. Willis Henry 9/4/5 lot 338a. Realized: $1,300 hammer.
Exactly!! I like the round style with handles. Soft enough not to snag the yarn, sturdy enough to handle weight of a big project, flexible enough to stick in different spots around the house, and easy to carry.