Spool knitters have been around for ages. Also known as French knitting, when a strand of yarn is looped around the pegs, eventually a length of knitted cord appears. I've had a few spool knitters, or "Knitting Nancies," but only in the plastic Knifty Knitter variety. When I found my vintage Nancy at an antique shop a week ago, I decided to investigate them. Lo and behold, I discovered an entire blog on them, with information about the history, different makers, and projects, as well as modern uses.
Please visit Spool Knitter, the blog, and get your fill of everything related to these tiny knitters.
This old Knitting Nancy spool knitter was at an antique store, waiting to come home with me. The tag said Made in England. She's worn out but still usable, assuming I keep her safe from the cats.
My husband spotted this treasure last spring at an antique store, and when he asked if it was something I would use, I grabbed it. I think it was $20.00. I can fit the large yellow loom inside along with yarn for my current projects. It has a wooden tray that’s perfect for my knitting doo-dads. It also has a shelf on the bottom where I set my folder of patterns.
I like this because it makes my knitting mobile. I can bring it from room to room easily and I’m not carrying around a lot of plastic bags and extras that I’m not using. I stash everything else in my closet.