Friday, September 9, 2011

Little Maids

The Little Maids Knitting Outfit and 
Knitting Set are Made in England.
I first found the Little Maid's Knitting
Set about five years ago.
In this set was a "Dolly Bobbin" spool knitter
(french knitter, knitting Nancy) which I
had thought was original to the set.
Now I am not so sure.
My recent find was the Little Maids
Knitting Outfit. (note - there
is no apostrophe in "Maids"). In this box were
a pair of wooden knitting needles and
six small balls of variegated wool.
Both boxes measure 25 cms x 6 1/2 cms.
There is no other brand name on either box.

I would guess that the "Knitting Outfit" is earlier than
the "Knitting Set" going by the wording of "outfit" being an
older term.
I would love to hear from anyone who may have had one
of these when they were younger and if you have any more
information you could possibly give.... thanks!


Sunday, August 28, 2011

Fuzzy Wuzzy!

Who remembers Fuzzy Wuzzy Wool
made by Patons from the early years
of 1900's up 'til around 1960's?
Fuzzy Wuzzy is Angora wool.
On a recent trip to Tasmania, I found a
vintage Patons Angora
Fuzzy Wuzzy wool box (unfortunately empty)
and had to add this wonderful box to my
knitting collection.

I remember this wool was so fluffy and soft. A popular
wool for making the cute bolero style jacket for young
girls. Below is a vintage Greenock doll clothes pattern where
the Angora wool is used in the bonnet and the trim on the

I also remember my Mum getting a similar effect
with a "teazle brush" - a small wire brush to fluff up
ordinary wool. She would knit a small flat rabbit or
cat shape, sew this onto a corner of a plain bunny rug,
and then proceed to fluff up the animal shape gently using
the teazle brush, then Mum would add the little details - facial
features or a little pom pon tail if the "animal" had its back
to us, and then a little bow. It was sooo cute!