A couple of weeks ago, one of the other volunteers working on the Knitting & Crochet Guild's collection was sorting through a box of balls of vintage yarn - from the 1950s and earlier. Some of it was really delectable, including these four balls of Copley's Cobweb yarn. Cobweb was a fine lace-weight yarn, sold in half-ounce balls. (Half an ounce is about 14 grams.) From the range of designs on the ball-bands, it seems to have been in production for a long time - the green ball on the left might be pre-war, while the yellow ball on the right is labelled "A Donbros product" - Donbros took over Copley's maybe around 1960. The four balls here are such a nice combination of colours too.
Since it was such a long-running yarn, I thought that there must have been an equally long-running series of pattern leaflets for it. But so far I have only found leaflets from the early 1950s. Some of them are lacy scarves, which could easily be current patterns, or lacy evening stoles which look more typical of the 1950s.
|From Copley's leaflet 1954|