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Does anyone remember - wool craft when kids... 15 Mar 2012 17:01 #31006

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...used to be a few nails around the top of a wooden cotton spool, and you hooked the wool around/over them so that through the hole in the middle of the spool came this cylindrical knitted 'rope'.

I had a flasher version that was purpose made, wood, painted like a queen with the points of the crown being the bits you wove around/over...

Anyone remember this? What was the craft called, and anyone know if you can still get the 'queen' or similar to do this - as all the spools are now plastic and way too thin :)
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Does anyone remember - wool craft when kids... 15 Mar 2012 17:16 #417647

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Tube knitting, at least that was what I used to call it. Mine was a plastic thing called the magic knitter or something like that.

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Does anyone remember - wool craft when kids... 15 Mar 2012 17:25 #417648

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en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spool_knitting
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Does anyone remember - wool craft when kids... 15 Mar 2012 17:26 #417649

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Googled on 'tube knitting' and found these, apparently they are called Knitting Nancys :)

Will keep tracking them down...
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Does anyone remember - wool craft when kids... 15 Mar 2012 17:33 #417650

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we used to call it french knitting.
My children still do it.You can get little kits from spotlight,but i found some wooden cotton reels in an op shop and made the old type.
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Does anyone remember - wool craft when kids... 15 Mar 2012 17:36 #417653

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Good stuff, at least I now know what to ask for!

About to rifle through my gran's old sewing box in the hope that there are a couple of old spools there, promised a friends daughters I would show them how to do this knitting - as long as I can remember myself!
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Does anyone remember - wool craft when kids... 15 Mar 2012 18:08 #417658

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Given that I don't sew at all, my sewing box is a treasure trove of ancient sewing aids and does contain a couple of old wooden spools (almost full [:I]) if you need them...

We called it french knitting too :D

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Does anyone remember - wool craft when kids... 15 Mar 2012 18:15 #417662

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Another one who called it french knitting. Thinking about that, reminded me of finger knitting too - used to spend ages doing that lol.
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Does anyone remember - wool craft when kids... 15 Mar 2012 18:56 #417666

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French knitting, and we used spiral the resulting 'rope' and sew it in place to make a placemat :)

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Does anyone remember - wool craft when kids... 15 Mar 2012 20:00 #417674

definately french knitting as calling something a Knitting Nancy would not be cool... signed Nancy!!!!

P.S. actually ... I am a knitting Nancy tonight.. just on real needles...
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Does anyone remember - wool craft when kids... 15 Mar 2012 20:30 #417686

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Yep! We called it French knitting too. Used to make everything from doilies to tea cosys from the knitted "rope"
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Does anyone remember - wool craft when kids... 15 Mar 2012 20:38 #417693

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French knitting dolls - got one for Pisa's DD for her birthday :D :D Big hit.[;)]
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Does anyone remember - wool craft when kids... 15 Mar 2012 20:43 #417696

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Yep I knew as French knitting too. Bought one for my daughter maybe 4 years ago, worked fine. Not sure where it came from though although as mentioned above Spotlight would be a good place to try.
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Does anyone remember - wool craft when kids... 15 Mar 2012 22:45 #417722

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Yep, definately French Knitting. I have a wood working friend who makes them and sells them on his craft stall. If you have trouble sourcing them up there, you know how to find me [;)]
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Does anyone remember - wool craft when kids... 16 Mar 2012 09:25 #417750

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I was thinking that a local wood turner might make you something special and more robust.
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Does anyone remember - wool craft when kids... 16 Mar 2012 10:04 #417757

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Just picked up a kit (plastic doll thingee, pompom maker and awl) from Spotlight, $10 which is fine. Oooh and some cool psychedelic wool [}:)]

Now...just gotta remember how to do it again... :)
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Does anyone remember - wool craft when kids... 16 Mar 2012 18:41 #417813

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Brings back memories! :)

Also does anyone remember you could turn wooden cotton reels into a moving toy by adding a rubber band, a match stick and the end of a candle?
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Does anyone remember - wool craft when kids... 16 Mar 2012 19:39 #417814

ooh yes.. I do remember that.. can't remember how.. must ask my brother .. he might.... not many wooden cotten reels around these days..
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Does anyone remember - wool craft when kids... 16 Mar 2012 21:54 #417839

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I remember it, haven't got a clue how you used to do it, so instructions would be good if anyone has any
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Does anyone remember - wool craft when kids... 16 Mar 2012 22:48 #417846

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SarahM;414705 wrote: Brings back memories! :)

Also does anyone remember you could turn wooden cotton reels into a moving toy by adding a rubber band, a match stick and the end of a candle?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QOmxOX6GG3k&feature=related

Grandparents taught me both of these uses for cotton reels

Thank you tigger for reminding me of those times :)
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Does anyone remember - wool craft when kids... 17 Mar 2012 08:18 #417867

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Hahaha, am going back to a whole lot of silly stuff that I enjoyed as a kid, just for the hell of it [}:)]

Started the French knitting last night, talk about a struggle to remember how to get it going, even with instructions! Hubby asks what the heck am I going to use it for - I have no idea :rolleyes: just enjoying the mindless fun.
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Does anyone remember - wool craft when kids... 17 Mar 2012 15:11 #417884

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SarahM;414705 wrote: Brings back memories! :)

Also does anyone remember you could turn wooden cotton reels into a moving toy by adding a rubber band, a match stick and the end of a candle?

We used to call those things 'tanks'. (We carved notches into the rims of the cotton reel so it would climb over obstacles. We used a hairclip, instead of a matchstick).
We also used two matchbox trays, connected with light string, which passed through a cotton reel. By plucking and twanging the taut string and rotating the reel you could create a 'musical performance' and a clapping audience. (Working drawings available on receipt of a stamped, addressed envelope).
Quite apart from wooden cotton reels being scarce nowadays, I don't think kids make stuff like this anymore.
This is regrettable - boys managed to waste a great deal of time making shanghais, tin-can telephones, cartesian divers, fighting tops, pellet guns, kites, farting machines, etc.
And yeah, while we were doing all of this the girls skipped, played knucklebones and, using a cotton reel studded with tiny nails, knitted diligently, like French peasants. (Though I never once saw a finished garment - not even a simple frumpy beret).
Oh, shurrup, you sentimental fool.

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Does anyone remember - wool craft when kids... 17 Mar 2012 15:55 #417886

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What about those spinning buttons? You could get them going with such force they almost cut off your fingers! [}:)] All it took was a length of cotton and a button with a bit of size and weight.
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Does anyone remember - wool craft when kids... 17 Mar 2012 20:36 #417906

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...and does anyone else remember pop pop boats?

These were the ones with a little candle that created steam to power them.

There are instructions for making two different kinds here and here.
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Does anyone remember - wool craft when kids... 17 Mar 2012 22:01 #417916

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I still have a book I was given as a child which is full of science experiments. Everything from the physics behind balancing forks on a matchstick to making little weather forecasting scenes to creating steam boats for the bath. Those things are fun :D
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Does anyone remember - wool craft when kids... 18 Mar 2012 17:00 #417974

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Tigger we used to wind the tubes of french knitting into a spiral that was stitched so it wouldn't fall apart. We made them big enough to be a pot stand.
I definitely remember tanks with rubber bands.
But Dad also made us square wooden frames with nails evenly spread along each side. We used wool to weave across and down to make interlacing squares. When several layers thick we cross stitched the corner of each tiny square before cutting it off the frame and fluffing out the edge pieces. These made mats for the dressing table or pot mats. Great gifts for kids to give grandparents!
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Does anyone remember - wool craft when kids... 18 Mar 2012 18:53 #417992

I've recently seen a new use for french knitting... make a looooong one and then needle felt it (in a pretty pattern) onto the fronts of a plain cardigan... looks really impressive... and a great use for all those miles of stuff you couldn't ever use..
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Does anyone remember - wool craft when kids... 22 Mar 2012 22:10 #418496

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The current craze at DD's school is a braiding loom. Make a circle from a piece of card. Small hole in the middle. 8 notches evenly spaced around the outer edge. Seven strands of wool knotted together and knot through the hole. Then woven together.

Very similar to the knitting doll but no extra tools required.
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Does anyone remember - wool craft when kids... 23 Mar 2012 11:30 #418552

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oh goodness this is a blast from the past.. i did the french knitting thing but never thought to spiral it and use it! what a good idea...
my mum was a great one for the hand crafts.. she completely failed to teach me to tat or make lace, no thru any lack of patient trying[;)] .. but i am good at the knitting and basic crochet.. :D
another thing that i am meaning to redo is knitted string shopping bags..string, BIG woeden knitting needles, simple plain stitch big square, sew side and bottom.. plait or use wooden handles etc..much nicer than the bright green numbers you get from countdown
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