Monday, October 23, 2006

What is this thing?

This isn't a blog contest and no, I don't know exactly what it is-I am asking for your help identifying the item. I went to the "real" thrift shop-tons of yarn-all unmarked and I didn't know what it was, although some felt like wool-it was all old and I don't need more half skeins of stuff lying around-no I didn't attempt a burn test there, but I thought about it. I did find a few things including this"















It was in a locked glass case-it was interesting and I bought it. Is it used as a weaving shuttle? Is it a Nostepinne (ball winder)? It's about 6-8" long and wood with the metal stuff there at the top. The thread on it if very fine. Any ideas? if you have links or clues or anything and would prefer to email me, please, please do: Yarnsandmusings (at) gmail.com.

I also picked up some Aero Knitting Needles in size 6-no I don't knot, but dammit when I do, I will be ready. These feel like they are teflon coated. I also found a Jiffy needle-#50 for broomstick lace (after I bought a set in Bermuda, of course), but now, if I ever learn to knit-I'll have a set of the #50 and can use this #50 for the broomstick lace (which is crocheted around the needle for those who didn't know).

I also found this freakish thing "The Grant One Needle Looper"-makes knitted garments faster! Easier! Complete with the pattern booklet for 14 classic patterns. Copyright is 1970. It's like a big needle eye with a rubber ring and yarn guide, you make a slip knot, push the needle through and it makes a loop, you hold the loop and push the needle through and keep going. Kinda weird thing, but I thought it was interesting.






8 comments:

Kari said...

yay blogger let me in to comment!

I have no clue what it is but am dying to know now too.
knittingtips.com is good for learning, also knittingtips.com/forum is good for questions
just in case you ever want to learn

Wendy said...

Could it be a bobbin? Like if you are doing intarsia with a lot of color changes and that is one of the bobbins the yarn hangs from? Is the metal at the top a place where the yarn can lock into?

Joy said...

It's a bobbin, my mom has a whole collection of them! She was told the ones she has were for weaving looms. :)

Jewels said...

What cool thriftstore finds!

Anonymous said...

Wish I had known you wanted one of those. My Grandfather used to work at a textile mill and my Mom had a whole box full of them....she may have them still, but I'm not sure if they were in the yard sale or not...I can check if you'd like?

elaine said...

I've got these for my dobby loom. It's a bobbin used inside a fly-shuttle for weaving - cause you make it fly from on side to the other by pulling a cord! I think the bobbin is also referred to as a pern as you refill it with a pern winder. Hope this helps!

Anonymous said...

I hane been looking for the Grant One Needle Looper. I used to have one and lost it! I would like to kbnow if you or one of your readers know how I can get another one? Please let me know Thank you, Roberta1862@sbcglobal.net

Deneen said...

Roberta-I tried to email you at the addy you left, but it was returned. If you have an alternative addy, send it to me at yarnsandmusings (at) gmail.com.

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