Saturday, May 23, 2009


Here is a treasure found recently.
It is a German postcard of a
sweet young girl who is spoolknitting.

The postcard is dated 1929.

I have tried to get a good close-up of the spoolknitter
but due to the quality of the postcard, this is
the best I can do. I can make out that it has
knobby nails and not staples for posts.
It is definitely not a Spear's company produced
knitting Nancy.
It may be a strickliesel (knitting doll) from
the toy making region of Erzgebirge in
If anyone knows anything about
this type of strickliesel, I would love to hear
from you!


Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Making Spool Knitters

For some collectors of spoolknitters, depending
on where they live in the world, there
is a difficulty in finding and actually
purchasing spoolknitters to add to
the collection.

Some companies don't sell internationally,
some secondhand businesses or
artists wont sell internationally.
I know that this doesn't quite solve
the acquiring of a "particular" spoolknitter
but maybe if you belong to a collector's group,
you might be able to get help from
a fellow member/collector.

There can be other alternatives that would
both satisfy collectors needs of adding
more spoolknitters
and also add a touch
of whimsey to their collection.

Have you thought of recycling?
Wooden salt & pepper shakers would
make wonderful spool knitters and they
have the added bonus of being
quite reasonably priced - AND
you get two!!
There are a great range to be found
and a great many novel characters.

I found three sets of salt & pepper shakers
to show you how you can do it yourself.
The easiest ones to convert are the ones
that have an inner core all the way through
and a plastic stopper in the base.
All that is now required is the drilling out
of the "salt holes" to one large hole
and hammering the nails in the top.

This set above are only about 2 1/2 inches in height
but I know there are lots more of these in larger
sizes. I also painted the top of the inside core matching
the colour of the shaker now spoolknitter!
You could also sand these and paint them all
over again - but I prefer to leave them as is.

The next set are the mushroomed shaped shakers.
These cost me just AU$4.00!
The shape of the mushroom has always been a
popular shape when it comes to vintage
spoolknitters. This set again was very easy
to convert to spoolknitters - the plastic stopper in
the base was removed, there was an inner core
all the way through, so just the drilling of
the top and nails added was all that was
required - and I think I will keep them in
their original stand! The taller
mushroom measures 4 inches
and the smaller mushroom is almost 3 inches.

Now for the next set - the "odd couple".
These are obviously quite old and are made
in Japan. They stand
at 4 inches in height.
These were a little harder to
convert but if you have a clever handyman
about, then there shouldn't be any problem -
if you find a set like these.
The hats are screwed to the heads and
the bases are solid wood.
There are individual parts that will need to
be taken apart and then reglued using
a good strong glue. However, before
taking apart, drill the inner core

Then add your nails before glueing the
parts back together. I also painted the
top of the inner core to match the shakers
The hats were
placed on what I feel should be the
right way with the bowler hat on the male
and the green hat on the female - I think
they look much better this way!
(See group photo for the "before" photo
as this is the way they were purchased).

Here they are, all complete!
A very unique pair of spoolknitters!

Quite some time ago, some of you might
remember that I put together some
empty old cotton reels/spools.
The photo above shows the results
of my efforts.
Also, you may be wondering why there is
a photo of a small rolling pin. This is another
find in my search for alternatives.
This little rolling pin was found in the toy
section of the local department store and
cost me AU$4.98. I plan on making two
spoolknitters from this by cutting in half,
drilling an inner core, adding the nails,
and then painting them.
This is another idea for you to try
and if you dont have the confidence to paint
them yourself, then you can always glue
on pretty paper. Perhaps using
scrapbooking paper, or rice paper, or maybe
just wrapping paper.
After you have done that, then I would
recommend giving the whole spoolknitter
a coating of varnish or spraying of
an acrylic spray to help protect your work.
I might even do one half of these this way.
So sometime in the future - look out
for the results of the "rolling pin"

Have fun with your spoolknitters!


Saturday, May 16, 2009


(Used with permission from Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood)

I recently found the blog - CraftSanity -
with Jennifer Ackerman-Haywood's post on Spool
Knitting where she made a spool knitter and demonstrated
spool knitting on "WZZM's - Take Five & Company".
Take a look - CraftSanity

I love the above photo where Jennifer
has placed in a small blue case, her spool knitters and
current projects!
Also check out her orange handmade
spoolknitter - cute!


"Odd Couple"!
You will have to wait to see what
this is about.......!


Tuesday, May 5, 2009


This daisy spool knitter and bee hook are
made from unbreakable resin and are hand
painted. They are available from here.

I was delighted to discover these spool knitters
just recently and apparently they have been
around for some time. They are made in
the US and on the website you will also find
a dvd "Making Knitted "I" Cord -
Spool Knitting and Double
Needle Techniques by
Elinor Czarnecki".

On the back of the dvd it reads -

"This 40 minute instructional
video teaches the viewer how to
make Spool Knitted "I" Cord using
Nature's Tools Daisy Knitting Spool
and Bee Hook.
The techniques of double
needle "I" Cord presented by special
guest, Meg Swansen, author,
designer from Schoolhouse Press.
Elinor presents the basics, how to
hold the tools, threading and working
the stitches, ending off, and joining new
yarns. Also shown are wearable items,
household, gift and just for fun project
ideas and how to's. This is truly a must
have for every needlework library."

There are also patterns available
on the website.