I’ve never caught the knitting or crocheting bug. I hope I do one day. In the meantime, I picked up these fun little gadgets…the French Knitting Bee and the Embellish-Knit!
Spool knitting is also known as French knitting, corking or tomboy knitting. It uses a spool and four posts to produce a narrow knitted tube. Spool knitting is a traditional way to teach children the principles of knitting…that knitting is a series of loops strung together.
The instructions for both spool knitters were clear, but it did take me a couple tries to figure it out. I think that had more to do with me than the instructions.
The French Knitting Bee is more like a traditional spool knitter.
The Embellish-Knit! is a mechanical spool knitter with a hand crank.
The Embellish-Knit! produces a more tightly knit tube than the French Knitting Bee. As I was photographing the instructions, I noticed that you are not to use a standard 4-ply worsted weight or heavier yarn in the Embellish-Knit! or you can damage your machine. Oops. I did that. Fortunately, I didn’t damage my machine.
How can you tell the thickness of a particular skein of yarn? Just check the label. There will be a picture of a yarn skein with a number in it. The number tells you the thickness of the yarn.
Join me in February to see what we can do with spool knitting.
Saturday, I announced that I was giving away a copy of The World We Found by Thrity Umrigar. And the winner is…Max the Quilt Cat.