Saturday, November 29, 2008

The "Benbow" Knitting Pin

This is a vintage ad found
in Weldon's knitting book from
the 1920's.
Has anyone ever come across
knitting needles like these?!!


Tuesday, November 18, 2008

Thursday, October 16, 2008

Vintage Knits and Bits!

Vintage Knitting Accessories.

Three packets of four double pointers - Jumpre,
Superfine and Stratnoid.
Three packets of Abel Morrall's Twin-Pin circular
Tortoiseshell circular needle and wool winder.
Beehive Knitting Pin Gauges Box.
Wooden wool winder and knitting pin holder.
E-Z-Knit (instead of winding the wool on your right
hand finger as if to knit continental style, simply
take the wool through this novel holder - states - "No
Experience necessary for perfect, even stitches
automatically kept at constant tension").

Inside the Beehive Knitting Pin Gauges box containing
three gauges.

Above Bucilla Daisy Knitter, instructions and box.

Above - a small selection of Daisy Winders/Knitters/Looms.

Above - the back of the Marcia Lyn Daisy Loom

Wednesday, August 20, 2008


Patterns for an 8 inch doll.

(Click on instructions for larger image)

These pages are from a vintage Pins & Needles

Tuesday, August 12, 2008

Crafty Yarn!

Knitty Styles and Gadgets

It is interesting to see
just how many different
forms of "yarn craft" are found
aside from the standard knitting with
needles, and crochet.
I have put together a list of some
of the other styles of knitting
found -

Knitting/Weaving loom
- children's sets and for
adults, made in various shapes and
sizes by various
makers - also can be given a
novel name. One example is "Weave-it".

Daisy Wheel, Daisy-Loom,
made of metal,
produces a daisy flower, many
of these sewn together will make
afghans, blankets, scarves.
- made by various makers.
Example : Bucilla, Marcia Lynn.......

Boutique Knitter,
produces a cord just like
the spool knitter and is
used for making jewellery.
Made by Hazel's 1972

Spool Knitter,
produces a cord and
originally made using
a cotton spool with
four nails hammered into
the top. Today there
are many brand names -
included in toy sets for
children and craft sets
for both children and adults.
Refer -

Knitting Nancy,
actual name for
a spool knitter made by
Spear's Games and now
also a general term for
spool knitters.
Refer -

Flower Loom,
made of plastic, produces
flowers to be sewn together.
Various makers - Ronco,
Bucilla, etc.

Kwiknit (product name)
is made by Spear's Games -
produces a flat knitted fabric.
Looks much like a knitting board.

Knitting Board
produces a flat knitted fabric.
Various makers.

Pom Pon Maker
for making pom pons -
various makers.

Doodle Loom (product name)
for making pom pons -
made by Bucilla.

Winne (product name)
frame for beginning
crochet - produces a crocheted
cloth - made by
Spear's Games.

Also other types of yarn
craft can include -
afghan hook
rake knitting
Knit Wit
K Tel knitter
Looping tools - Grant's
K Tel Fringe maker
Knitty Knottie (fringe maker)
Spinster Rope Cord Maker
Knifty Knitter
Apple Pie Knitter

So you see that even if you don't knit or
crochet, there are still a lot of ways you can use


Saturday, June 21, 2008


I thought I had a good knowledge of many
types of needlework, knitting, crochet etc.,
but I have never heard of "Sobritto".
I was wondering if anyone might be able to
tell me what this is?
A quick look on the internet came up
The above vintage advertisement for
WM Briggs & Co. shows three books
published on the subject.
Added later - well, on further seeking,
I have now discovered that "Sobritto"
is the name of a type of rayon yarn with
which to crochet. Not so much of a technique
but a brand name.


Wednesday, April 23, 2008

Cute Knitted Cat Pattern

I was looking through my vintage magazines
and came upon this cute knitted Felix pattern.
I thought that you might like to try this one.
It comes from the vintage magazine pictured
above - "The New Idea" November 22, 1935.

(Click for larger image)

I would love to see your finished Felix!

Sunday, March 23, 2008


Here is a vintage Bestway knitting
pattern leaflet for five knitted
tea cosies.

I hope you enjoy knitting these.

(click for larger image)

Thursday, February 21, 2008

Vintage Little Girl's Knitting Book

Here is a delightful vintage book -
The Little Girl's Knitting & Crochet Book
edited by Flora Klickmann
Instead of showing a lot of the patterns
found in the book, I thought that I
would show you a lot of the lovely
images of little girls knitting.

Friday, February 15, 2008


You should check this out!
(Over 700 knitted pieces created this)
Turn on the sound too.

I am speechless!

Friday, February 1, 2008

A Little Look at Wool Ads

The advertisements shown here all appear
in the Weldon's Practical Needlwork
publications - such as -

Outdoor Wear for Children
ABC of Knitting
Hats & Bonnets for Babies
First Woollies for Baby
Knitted Laces
Woollies for the First Two Years

They are from the 1930's.









Wednesday, January 23, 2008

Monday, January 14, 2008

Vintage PB Knitting Books

For a collector of vintage knitting books, there are still
are great variety of Patons & Baldwins knitting books to be found.

These three below, from around the 30's - 40's,
were found recently and for a great price of $2 each.
They are Specialty Knitting Books 40, 47, and 66.

What I found very interesting with these patterns,
are those for collars and cuffs. What a thrifty idea!
It's a great way to use up small amounts of leftovers.
You can have a plain jumper/sweater/cardigan and
dress it up differently each time!
I wonder if this idea will find its way into the 21st Century!