Saturday, July 16, 2011

Dime Store and Hang Packets

Dime Store and Hang Packet Spool Knitters

Dime Stores or Variety Stores were popular for shoppers who had little money to spend.
A great many items found could be purchased for just five or ten cents in the earlier years.
Many items were Made in Japan and they produced cheap toys in abundance.
Among these were spool knitters. Spool knitters, long considered a child's simple toy, were
easy to produce and therefore an excellent product for the Dime Store or Variety Store.

(I apologise for the poor images in this post, due to the plastic covers there
was a lot of light reflections that were hard to avoid)

Above, we have a combined knitting and embroidery set. The five post spool knitter
measures just 5 1/2 cms and is a plain wooden spool inside a colourful cardboard surround.
The amount of thread or yarn found in these sets typically is not sufficient for any sort of
project. No date but probably circa 1950's.

Above are two packets with the same spool knitter (these were
scanned separately then the photos placed side by side, actually both the
spool knitters are the same size).
The five post wooden spool knitter measures 5 1/2 cms. The packet on the
left "Kiddy Knitting Set" shows no markings other than Made in Japan, the packet
on the right "Knitting Spool Set" is marked Jodai Toys and probably circa 1950's.

Next are two plastic spool knitters. On the left, Horse Reins Knitting
Spool, Made in Japan with the five post spool knitter measuring 5 1/2 cms.
On the right, Knitting Dolly by House Martin is very typical of the Knitting Bobbin
by Philmar an English Toy Company of the 1950's/60's.
(See Philmar in Labels)
This four post spool knitter measures 12 cms.
Both these spool knitters are probably late 50's early 60's.

This combination knitting/weaving set is by Galoob No. 9130 and 
made in China. The plastic four post spool knitter measures 7 1/2 cms.
Lewis Galoob Toys was founded in 1957 (for more information on the
company see here). This set is probably around 1970's/80's.

Above is Knitting Crafts by Cantini and Made in China.
 This one is dated 1992 with the four post plastic spool knitter
measuring 8 cms.
(No information could be found on Cantini).

Above left by HP (purchased in Germany) is a common spool knitter
of the 1990's - 00's and found in many different packages or boxes.
The four post wooden spool knitter measures 12 cms.
Above right - Spool Knitting Kit made in Taiwan is of the 2000's.
The four post plastic spool knitter measures 6 1/2 cms.
Spool knitters now are geared toward the jewellery making side
of crafting.

Last is a Knitting Bracelet Set by Candy Babes.
No date here but states that it is made for Woolworths London.
The four post plastic spool knitter measures 10 cms and the
extremely large tool measures 21 cms!
Circa 2000's.
These are just a few that I have found and hope to
continue to find others.



Buy Design said...

Gosh! What a lot of knitting dollies you have there. In Perthshire, Scotland this has a few different names including Cats Tails, Ratty Tails, Bobbin Knitting, French Knitting. My first bobbin didn't come in shiny packaging. It was a wooden cotton reel which my mum had finished with and my dad hammered 4 nails into the top. My sister and I made an enormous number of scarfs for our dolls with it. Now I have a wooden soldier which I cut the bottom of as it was too long and as I knit with wire it kept getting snagged on the way down. I also have a purple acrylic one which is slightly wider and much better for jewellery. And finally I have a super duper clear acrylic one with interchangable heads, one with 3 pegs and the other with 5. I use it for both ribbon and heavier wire work.
Maybe I should post them on my blog sometime. I'll let you know if I do.

Elayne said...

I just found your blog and it brings back wonderful memories. I still have my red wooden spool from my childhood, I am now 73 and still use it once in a while. We called it a horse rein. In fact, I will be using it soon for a chain on my cell phone holders that I make and sell at craft shows.I think I may have a picture on my blog, if not I will add one.

badthing1 said...

Hi :)

I searched in Google for spool knitting and here you were!

I used to adore spool knitting as a child and am very excited to see your blog, as I want to get back into spool knitting again, but I can't seem to find a particular spool knitter that I just saw here and just sent you an email about it.

You do beautiful work, my dear!! :)