These six balls of angora knitting wool were added to the Knitting & Crochet Guild collection this week. They were found in a charity shop by one of the volunteers working on the collection. The brand is Disneyland, and each ball band has a Disney cartoon character on it - Sleepy (one of the Seven Dwarves), Pluto the dog, Elmer the elephant, the three little pigs, Hiawatha, and Cupid. The ball bands say that there were 26 Disney characters in all, and that it is Hand Knitting Wool, though oddly they don't give the weight. They are in fact quarter ounce balls (7 gm.), which is remarkably small.
I had heard of Disneyland Wools before, because we have a few of the knitting patterns. Most of the designs are straightforward and have no cartoon connection, apart from a child's Mickey Mouse twin set (below), although most of the leaflets do have a group of Disney characters on the back, including Snow White and all seven dwarves.
|Disneyland Wools No. 120|
|Disneyland Wools No. 108|
|Disneyland Wools No. 109|
|Disneyland Wools No. 104|
CARTOON CHARACTERS FOR COLOURSChildren familiar with fairy and animal characters on the screen will be able to tell their mothers the colour of wool they would like in their clothes. They will not name the colour, but the character which stands for that shade, provided a particular brand of wool is purchased. The 26 choices include:—Mickey Mouse— scarlet; Pinocchio—blue; Donald Duck—navy; Dopey—yellow; and Bambi—brick. Menzies have a window display in their Princes Street (Dundee) shop of this "Disneyland" nursery wool which is 1s 10½d an ounce. Each ball has a character-stamped paper band, and boxes containing 1 lb. [i.e. 16 balls] of a particular shade are available, though the balls may be had singly.