Friday, July 20, 2012


Pretty Boxes

Here are some of my favourite little spool knitter boxes I thought that I would share with you. I love the graphics on these vintage spool knitting sets (as well as the contents, naturally) and I am so grateful and happy that all who owned these boxes originally/previously, looked after them. It is not unusual for items to get separated, lost, destroyed and tossed out, and to have these sets now is very much appreciated.
From a collector's point of view, the box is just as valuable as the contents, however not all boxes hold the necessary details of its age, maker and where it was made, which is a shame, or even to the details of the actual artist that was involved in the painting/graphics of the box.
Spool knitting sets of today are mainly packed in plastic, and here I usually try to obtain two of an item, one to keep, and one to "play". You can also photograph them, date them, add details of price, where purchased, etc. on a large tag and attach to the spool knitter.
If you are a very keen collector, then you might purchase your own small boxes, and place a photo of the item on the box, and include all the details inside.
Usually, as with most cheaper childrens' toys, they really were not looked upon as a potential collectible. Who would have thought that the simple spool knitter would be considered that way?

Now if you look carefully at the above photo, you may notice something that seems "out of place".
The Rahmen-Stricken set (or Frame Knit) by Klee, is actually a small square frame with 16 pins secured into the open wooden frame and measures 7cms X 7 cms. It works just the same as a spool knitter, you knit around the frame and end up with a wider knitted tube. It is a very sweet set and I had to include this in my collection. 

There is no date on this box, but I would guess possibly 1920's. Brand name Klee, and it is made in Germany.



susanne said...

so cute! I have to look at my boxes more often ;-)

crazyhaberdasher said...

Thankyou Susanne!

Helmi said...

Pretty boxes, I love them all! I wil put it on my "pinterest". Thanks for sharing.

Cat said...

Very cute!! It has been too long since I visited your blog, Maz!

Tiny Stigter said...


Wat geweldig, ik dacht dat ik de enigste was die die popjes leuk vond.

Ik heb er nu 14, geen oude hoor, maar hoop ook zo'n een mooie verzameling aan te leggen als jij heb.

Tips zijn altijd welkom en als je dubbele heb hou ik me aanbevolen.

Groetjes Tiny

crazyhaberdasher said...

Hallo Tiny, heerlijk om te horen van je. Ik verzamel nu al ongeveer tien jaar, en wonen in AustraliĆ«, is het niet eenvoudig om vintage spoel breiers en ook verkopers die zal verkopen om jou te vinden. De verzendkosten wordt steeds duurder ook. Maar met de hulp van mijn man, heb ik het geluk gehad om een ​​aantal mooie spoel breiers te kopen. Plus ik ook mijn eigen.
Op 14, zoals je bent, zal het waarschijnlijk voor u het beste om te beginnen met nieuwe spoel breiers, want ze zijn veel minder duur dan de wijnoogst spoel breiers. Ik heb gekocht veel op Ebay en ook van kunstenaars. Vergeet niet ook dat je kunt zout en peper shakers recyclen als je iemand kent die kan helpen bij de houtbewerking deel van uit.
Ik wens je veel succes! ..... cheers, Maz

crazyhaberdasher said...

Hi Cat!
Lovely to hear from you, I have been very busy too, as you can see from the slight lack of posts lately! (hanging my head in shame!) I will try to add posts more frequently.
Yahoo Spoolknitter keeps me quite busy too. Plus research, research, research!! There is a new French book available from Christine Painsonneau-Marillaud (her blog is in the right-hand column of this blog - Les Tricotins de Jardinette) and her book is called - L'Histoire des Tricotins et des Outils Tricoteurs. Can't wait for my copy! and of course it will be posted about! ... take care, Maz