Vintage Magazines from France
As most of you are well aware, to find information
or patterns involving spool knitting is rare.
However, if we travel back to 1920's - 1930's
in France, we find a publication called Penelope
which at this time was featuring a column called
I am more convinced than ever that the
art of spool knitting was so much more popular
in Europe than anywhere else in the world.
I have been fortunate to find, in the small
number of issues that I have of the
Penelope magazine dating 1929 -
1933 this regular feature using imaginative
ideas for things such as -
a lightshade, fancy dress costume,
soft toy, collar & cuffs, accessory
for a doll house, and a crown.
The magazine tells us that the mushroom
tricotin (spool knitter) you see pictured
in the graphics at the top of the column
is available at - La Redoute (fashion district)
in Roubaix, Nord for 6 francs via post.
TRAVAUX DE LAINE
Work of Wool
The magazine at this time was printed on paper
like newspaper, black and white inside and only
a colour front cover. This cover often
featured a photo of knitted or crocheted
fabric. It usually consisted of
just 20 pages. To find any further information
regarding Penelope magazine has been fruitless.
However, I will continue to try
and find any info I can.