Thursday, December 17, 2009

Friday, November 20, 2009

Weaving Looms

Found a great site/blog
If you are into the many forms
of fiber art, you are possibly
also into weaving Looms!
If you collect vintage
weaving looms you may have
some looms missing their

Here is a great link for you -


You can read all about the
looms and also download the
corresponding book!

Happy Looming!


Friday, September 25, 2009

Novel Knitting Needle Gauges

The above picture is a page from
the book called - Mercerie Au Rayon Des Fils
(Haberdasher - Thread Department)
by Frédérique Crestin-Billet.
(It is shown with kind permission from
Frédérique Crestin-Billet.)
These are great novel advertising wool
cards and bookmarks
with knitting needle gauges!


Saturday, August 8, 2009

The Knitting Bee!

Due to ongoing house renovations
my blogs have been fewer than
normal - I have just posted on
my Spool Knitter blog an article
which I think you mind find



Friday, July 3, 2009

Spear's Games Wool Winding Set

I recently found this sweet
little craft box called -
Wool Winding for Wee Folks -
made by Spear's Games ..... England.
The idea behind the craft of
Wool Winding is extremely simple -
dressing the cute dolls by winding
wool around them!

Well, it didn't take the world by
storm - even back in the days
around the 1930's - 40's, but
it is still quite novel in itself with
great graphics on the lid and
inside, the "dolls" are a treat.

You might even dress up your
own knitting basket with these
little dolls and use up those odd
scraps of wool. If you felt so
inclined, you can make your own.
Cutouts from children's books or
magazines could be a good source
of characters.

The ideas suggested on the box top
are invitation cards, greeting cards,
bookmarks and decorations.

Above - inside the lid.

Below is the small assortment of
little dolls that are the remains
of what were a great
many more dolls.
This particular set has
had a lot of use.


Friday, June 12, 2009

Wild for Tea Cosies!!!

Do you love to knit tea cosies -
vintage-look, or bright, imaginative,
novel, quirky, all shapes and sizes?

Here is a fun group for you!

Wild for Tea Cosies

You can post about your collection,
what you have made, Grandma's
Tea Cosy, your favourite Tea
Cosy or anything that you want to
about Tea Cosies!

You will find tea cosy patterns here
from a previous post. They could
make a great start to your own

A quick look on the internet will
yield quite a lot of free patterns of
tea cosies to knit and crochet.


Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Vintage Children's Craft Sets

I want to direct you to a post on my other
blog - crazyhaberdasher - I hope you
will enjoy reading about two vintage children's
craft sets from the 1920's.
The graphics on the box tops of
the vintage Spear's Games sets are
You can also read about my other
children's sewing and embroidery sets
by following the links in the post.


Saturday, May 2, 2009

For the Bunny Lovers!

Here is a knitting pattern for
Gladstone - a cute bunny who
likes to travel in a bag.
(Click for larger image)



Saturday, March 28, 2009

Vintage Boxed Knitting Toy

This is an oldie but a goodie!
I just love the graphics on the lid and
the sides of the box.

And below - inside the box as found.
This set is from around 1910's - 1920's.

For lots more to do with spool knitters see
- - and
Flickr Spoolknitter Group.


Friday, February 27, 2009

Knitting for Dolls

Here is a lovely knitted
set for your baby doll.
Being from 1949, it
would be perfect for
your hard plastic Pedigree doll!

(click on picture to enlarge)
(from an Australian magazine,
you will need to adapt for US knitting)

Here are some of my collection
of dolls.

I have still have many naked babies -
in these photos and elsewhere
that need to be dressed.
One of these days I will have them
all dressed!


Sunday, February 15, 2009

Knitting Basket

These are vintage knitting baskets
from around the 1950's
made from paper/cards, plastic/perspex
with a wooden base.


Sunday, January 25, 2009

Vintage Knitting Pattern from 1930's

Useful Gifts
in Knitting and Crochet
(All worked in the Famous
"Ladyship" Wools)

Here is the tea cosy and egg cosy
for you to try!
(For the doll, try your craft store or
perhaps the toy store).

(Click on pattern to enlarge)


Thursday, January 15, 2009


Has anyone seen Knitty before?
It is a knitting and crocheting cotton
in 3/4 oz balls.

Astor brand - would you say it is Australian?
Well, there is a small cute Koala in its illustration
appropriately wrapped around the trunk of the "T".

I cannot say for certain at this stage (I would
have to find the proof) but I think there may also
be an Astor brand darning card lurking somewhere
in a box in my household (we have just moved house
and I will need more time to uncover the
particular darning card that I think I
might have - you will have to stay
tuned for further developments!)