There are only seven items in the donation, but five of them I had never seen before.
The "Carnell" needle for blanket making (at the top of the photo above) is a hook for Tunisian crochet, which can be extended, up to about twice its original length, by attaching one or both of the extra lengths of metal tube. We have a Carnell needle in the collection already, but this one has a rolled up set of patterns in the box, and the box is in better condition too.
|Robin Silk Winder|
The Robin Silk Winder is, I guess, made of some sort of pre-WW2 plastic, and would have been used for artificial silk knitting yarn - like the Felix the cat winder I showed here. And we have a child's dress in art. silk and angora, knitted to a Robin pattern, so it's nice to imagine the silk winder being used to make the dress.
|Viyella needle gauge and row counter|
The Viyella knitting needle gauge and row counter is a small barrel-shaped object (surprisingly heavy) with the gauge holes in the ends. We have one in the collection already, but it's useful to have an extra one that we can take to trunk shows, and let people handle it and work the counter.
|ORCO Handee Gauge|
|ORCO Handee Gauge - U.S. Pat, 3,068,580|
The ORCO Handee gauge is a patented American gadget with a sliding pointer for (I suppose) more accurate measurement - according to the patent, dated 1962, it's designed for both sewing and knitting. (Not sure yet how it ended up in this country.)
|The "Little Dorrit" Triple Knitting Counter|
The "Little Dorrit" Triple Knitting Counter is not one we have in the collection already, although we have other similar row counters made of card. (I don't know why it's called the "Little Dorrit" - was she a knitter? I could find out by reading the book, but I shan't.) This kind of row counter seems very flimsy to me, but in fact, the pointers still work perfectly well on this one, even though it seems to have been well used.
|The Wimberdar 'Positive Row Counter'|
The Wimberdar 'Positive Row Counter' is a much more substantial gadget. I think it's called a positive counter because you can only change the count if you're positive that you want to do it - unlike a lot of counters where there is a wheel to turn or a pointer to move, and it could easily be done when you weren't intending to. The Wimberdar counter has two discs with the numbers on inside the case - one counts single rows and has the numbers 0 to 9; the other counts 10s of rows and is numbered 1 to 14 (plus a blank, showing in the photo). You change the count by inserting the end of a (fairly fine) knitting needle into the hole at the left of the window at the top, and move it to the right of the window. When the units disc has got to 9, the hole at the left of the window is lower down, and coincides with a hole in the 10s disc, so that you move both discs at the same time. (Hope that's clear.) It's very clever. There's a leather case to go with it, too. I kind of feel that I want one, but in fact, I know that I wouldn't use it - I'd rather count rows by making pencil marks on a piece of scrap card than use a row counter. Though if I had a really nice one like this....
|'Dont Lose Your Wool' yarn holder|
The piece of wire is a bit springy, so you can compress the two balls together, to push them into the ball of wool, and then the wire springs apart to hold the wool firmly.
I have never seen another yarn holder of a similar design, and there's nothing on the holder or case that gives any clue to who made it - the only writing is 'Dont lose your wool' on the case. A really clever design, even though they don't appear to know about apostrophes.
A very nice little group - we are very grateful for the donation. The yarn holder will be part of a trunk show for the Lincoln branch of the Guild on Saturday.