Prices have soared for many vintage spool knitters, particularly in the countries where they are more commonly found - Germany and France.
(Spool Knitters/Stricklieseln from Germany)
(Spool Knitters/Tricotins from France)
The vintage "Knitting Nancy" made by Spear & Sons has become extremely desirable, the demand and price has put them out of the reach of some. (Recently one sold for nearly AU$500!)
The world of spool knitter collecting has grown.
The membership of my spool knitting group on Flickr continues to grow.
There are now a series of books by Editha Fischer (German text)..........and in the current issue of Australian magazine Country Threads - Kids Special, there is an article on vintage Knitting Nancies.
Germany called Strick Spiel (knit toy). There is no makers name, no date, and no clues on the small leaflet found in the box. Possibly 1940's? It seems that showing a child knitting was easier than to show one actually spool knitting! Or maybe the illustrator did not know how to spool knit. I wonder what the system was for deciding how to "decorate" the box for a new spool knitter toy? Visiting an illustrator and asking for a drawing of a child knitting I suppose was much simpler than trying to explain the intricacies of using a spool knitter! Or was it explained as faster knitting? Clearly this young child is getting exhausted with hers! Nevertheless, I do really like the graphics on this box!
Below is the spool knitter found in this box. This spool knitter to me looks like the ones made by Richard Lausmann of Bavaria. Is it original?
Below - the Richard Lausmann spool knitter box. So many questions!!!