Does anyone remember - wool craft when kids...

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12 years 4 months ago #31006 by reggit
...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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12 years 4 months ago #417647 by Denneaux
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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12 years 4 months ago #417648 by Denneaux
en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spool_knitting

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12 years 4 months ago #417649 by reggit
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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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12 years 4 months ago #417650 by sarniagirl
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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12 years 4 months ago #417653 by reggit
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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12 years 4 months ago #417658 by kate
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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12 years 4 months ago #417662 by Trace
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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12 years 4 months ago #417666 by Organix
French knitting, and we used spiral the resulting 'rope' and sew it in place to make a placemat :)

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12 years 4 months ago #417674 by 3 girls farming
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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12 years 4 months ago #417686 by Stikkibeek
Yep! We called it French knitting too. Used to make everything from doilies to tea cosys from the knitted "rope"

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12 years 4 months ago #417693 by Xartep
French knitting dolls - got one for Pisa's DD for her birthday :D :D Big hit.[;)]

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12 years 4 months ago #417696 by shad297
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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12 years 4 months ago #417722 by ronnie
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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12 years 4 months ago #417750 by Xartep
I was thinking that a local wood turner might make you something special and more robust.

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