We’ve been back in Washington for about two weeks now, and what a blenderful it has been! Not exactly my favorite smoothie, either…
It did not take very long for the crummy old rented trailer to turn into the trailer debacle; we have now moved into my mother’s guest room. This has its good and frustrating points; I don’t know that I’ve ever felt the difference between visiting and living with someone so sharply. I also didn’t know that it was possible to value a mini fridge as much as I do right now.
Had to be selective about what to cram into the guest room….sewing machine or amp? Guitar or ironing board? Since I won’t be doing any sewing for awhile, I’ve been going through mom’s boxes of stuff and posting some of it for sale on eBay. What a trip down memory lane that’s been! That she has still, from the late 60s (I had no idea) a Mattel Liddle Kiddles Talking Townhouse
that apparently had belonged to my sister really surprised me, even though I know well and good that there’s little she throws away. Does anyone remember this Mattel toy? Sooooo groovy, with the elevator! http://www.fashion-doll-guide.com/Vintage-Little-Kiddles.html
And then there are the vintage dresses that she has had closeted away for so long…I am going to be busy for weeks eBaying this stuff!
Real transition going on for Betty https://www.facebook.com/betterbettyrocker these days as well. We are now spread out over three states, and beginning to work on new material via Skype-it has been sad and exciting at the same time for all. All this followed closely on the heels of four songs recorded in August at Dogwater Studios http://www.dogwaterstudios.com/ over three memorable days! We hope to meet up in December to play a show-stay tuned!
So that’s my life at the moment…trying to maintain some creative flow and establish structure and routine while living out of my suitcase.
Last week I took a look at a favorite vintage crafting tool, The Hazel loom http://bettyrockwear.com/retro-craft-tools-hazel-flower-loom/.
This week I am taking a look at another tool I like using in conjunction with small knitting and sewing projects. It is a spool knitter, also called a French knitter. The cute one I have pictured above isn’t vintage at all, but they’ve been around for a long time https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Spool_knitting and are a quite flexible, and useful form of knitting. With a tiny knitter like this, the cable that comes out of the tube goes quickly. I found a great tutorial using this same tiny version that I have https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rzjGPRWAaRU .
The silk handle on this small fabric bag was easily fashioned:
A longer handle made from the same yarn the bag was knit from:
Like the flower loom, I like having this in my toolbox for its compact size.
I’d enjoy seeing and hearing about your own spool knit projects!
Did you enjoy making square loomed potholders with yarn loops when you were a child? There are some fun retro crafting tools in circulation, as well as new takes on some of the older ones.
This round Hazel Pearson flower loom from the 1960s was a lucky thrift store find a few years ago. In fact there were two identical looms included in the purchase; the other was gifted to my very clever friend Mary, who seems able to craft anything out of thin air-loom or no!
Check out this page on knitting-and.com http://www.knitting-and.com/small-looms/loomsandyarns.htm to see what’s possible with these flower looms-beautiful things that could be used in conjunction with many projects. Apparently the loom was designed originally for use with raffia to make the straw flowers so popular back then, and indeed some beautiful examples are to be seen on knitting-and.com.
I’ve not yet made raffia flowers. These simple yarn flowers I’ve made are sewn on casual fabric and knitted bags, but I’ve also used them to jazz up the side of a basic knitted hat.
Clover has some great knitting tools (I have their little counter that I love), and indeed they make a modern version of the flower loom https://cloverusa.wordpress.com/tag/flower-loom/ should you desire one and are unable to find an original.
I enjoy this compact little vintage Hazel’s Loom down to its lovely pale yellow color! Do you have a favorite old school crafting tool?
Next week I will look at another useful little vintage crafting tool.