I had posted about some spool knitters newly turned by hubby on various woods (below). Some of them had started showing cracks not long after being turned but they did stop and they are just minor cracks, after all.
I decided to go ahead with painting without using wood filler as I think these cracks adds to the character of the spool knitter.
So we have the beginnings of another painted spool knitter.
Above shows the two sizes of the original and the recent wood turned spool knitter. (9cms and 18cms) Not much more to go with the painting side of things, just a little "fine-tuning" as the stripes are the difficult part (though looking at the originals, the stripes are not exactly straight anyway). The hair needs adjusting and the "shoes" also need to be adjusted. Then there is just the face and I will add "buttons" too. The original spool knitter is Made in Germany where they are called "strickliesel" and they are to be found in a vast variety of different stripes and different colours. Stay tuned for the finished spool knitter.
involving spool knitting and recently found the book below - Macrame and Other Projects for Knitting Without Needles by Peggy Boehm illustrated by Shizu Matsuda published in 1963. It is another book directed at children with many ways of using wool to make various items. Among the contents are - For the House Toys to Make Dress Up and Play Tassels and Fringe Tapestry Weaving ...etc....
The topic of spool knitting is found in the "Very Simple" section of the book. It is just six pages with instructions and suggestions for projects.
Below is one of the illustrations and one that I find very misleading. If you have spool knitted, then this illustration is entirely wrong plus I feel that there should be another nail added to show that they should be evenly spaced.
Below is a rather large package for a Giant Knitting Spool by - Tucket Toy Corp., Woonsocket, R. I., U.S.A. (no date) This is the only one I have seen of these and it is reminiscent of the "Apple Pie", "Cherry Pie" type of knitters that I showed you in the previous post.
Below is the back of the package showing the directions for use. I would be interested to hear if anyone has these too.
These knitters are a very close relative to
the spool knitter - same principle, only
for larger sized projects.
A main feature of these sets are
the patterns to make your own
dolls' clothes - Barbie, Cindy, Pepper,
Skipper, Skooter, Tressy, Tammy, all
dolls sizes up to 11 1/2 inches.
Above - Apple Pie Knitter by Lisbeth Whiting
Co., Inc., Litho in U.S.A. is dated 1966.
Above - Cherry Pie Knitter - Milton Bradley -
Crafts by Whiting (is this connected to the
previous Apple Pie Knitter?)
Above and Below - Wendy's Knitter by Peter Pan
Playthings - Made in England (no date)
Above and Below - French Knitting Petite by Hansa
Toy Co. Melbourne - Sydney (no date)
Below - Busy Betsy Carry Crafts
Bumblebee Knitter by Remco Industries Inc.
Harrison N.J. - Made and Printed in the
This also included the plastic spool
knitter and knitting needles.
The instructions found in this
container are the same as
the Apple Pie Knitter!
Below - this is a vintage advertisement for
a Bizzy Bee Knitter from 1967 by
While it looks like a sewing machine,
it is a knitting machine where by
turning a handle, it does the
work (loop lifting) for you
and produces a cord just like
a spool knitter!
There are now many toy knitting
machines for children - some
produce a cord, while others produce
the wider tube knitted fabric.
(Warning - this post may become boring!)
Have you noticed how many spool knitters
of today look similar?
These days of mass production and cost cutting
has "turned" our spool knitters into boring
same-shape figures of monotony. It turns out
that for serious collectors, we will have to
look for different colours, different attire, different
features, ...... get out those magnifying glasses to
play spot the differences!!
They might change the boxes - but you will
still find the same spool knitter.
Okay, we could collect the different boxes .....
different brand names, found in different
But even that can become a little boring.