Saturday, November 14, 2009

Knitting Spool Outfit No 2

The Knitting Spool Outfit No2
is made by the American Toy
Works - Fifth Avenue, NY
I could find very little about
the toy company (ATW) other than
the address is the same for many
other toy companies.
Nothing came up on the
internet and my two reliable
sources -
Encyclopedia of Children's
Sewing Collectibles by
Darlene J. Gengelbach
Toys A to Z by
Mark Rich
offered no historical
information at all.
However, there are also
two other sets made
Embroidery and Needlework Set No1
and Sewing Set No3.
All three sets have the same
graphics and according to
Darlene J. Gengelbach,
they are circa 1920's.

My Knitting Spool Outfit box came to
me, literally in pieces -
and I am glad that someone kept them
together so that I was able to
reassemble the entire box back to
it's semi-former glory.

In the box we find an instructional
sheet for different stitches using the
spool knitter - but it is by
Parker Bros. so it is not
the original leaflet.

The red spool knitter is a well
formed woodturned shape with
four staples and spring coil
to hold the yarn, and the red loop
tool also has a woodturned
Some time in the future when
I am better organised at home,
I want to do a comparison of the
spools of this type and the loop
tools found with them. (Those
that still have their loop tool.)
I hope that information
may come to light in future
regarding the "American
Toy Works" toy company.

The above book is really a fantastic look
at Children's sewing collectibles and a
worthwhile purchase if you love vintage
sewing (.... as I do!).



Pamela @ Seeds of Nutrition said...

WOW, this spool knitter is very nice.
Catching up on blogs I frequented in the past. Finally have my blog moved to it's own domain and so now have time to catch up on blog reading. I'll be back to catch up on past postings. You certainly have quite the collection.
Pamela, USA
@ Seeds of Nutrition
http;// is my new blog address.

crazyhaberdasher said...

Thankyou for your very kind words, Pamela, I am now not only a collector, but have actually started using my spool knitters - so there will be more ideas/patterns to follow.
I am discovering that there are many talented "spooling knitters" and some have also posted their photos on my Flickr Spool Knitter site as well as clever members in the Yahoo Spoolknitter group - links to both in right side column of blog.
Hope to hear from you again! very best wishes! Maz in Oz

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