Do you like rummaging in second-hand shops, charity shops etc. for knitting finds? I really do! I don’t always find anything but sometimes I come away with some nice things.
This week I was really lucky, I found good yarn! Two cones, so quite a lot. One weighing just over half a kilo and the other just under half a kilo. The yarn type is written inside them as well so no guesswork.
Here are my cones
The blue is marked inside “Shetland Wool”. Looked to me to be the jumper weight which knits as 4-ply (fingering). The pink one is marked “2 ply wool”. This also appears be about the same weight, maybe a tad finer but then it’s a little more tightly wound. I guessed that these are perhaps leftovers from a mill so I did a little more research.
They are marked “TM Hunter” inside. Through that I was able to find out that they are vintage discontinued yarns from the “Hunters of Brora” woollen mill in Sutherland, Scotland, which closed in 2003. Also that I was correct (woohoo!), they will both knit as 4 ply (fingering) weight.
Here’s a close up!
It wasn’t just yarn I found this week, I also picked up this very nice wooden bobbin and thimble. I am not sure if I will use the bobbin, but I will use the thimble and I like having the bobbin, perhaps I will find something to do with it!
And since I am talking about thrifty finds, I decided also to take a photo of something I had picked up the last time I was in the charity shop, which I hadn’t got around to photographing yet.
This is a pair of vintage knitting needles, they are “Stratnoid Knitting Pins”. Probably from around 1950s. I was attracted to the shine, and how long and straight they are. I think they are aluminium because they are light. I haven’t found out too much about these particular needles, but Stratnoid was apparently a brand name of the Stratton company, quite famous for making powder compacts other metal accessories. Anyway, I really liked these!
Here’s a link to an advert for these knitting needles
And here’s a link to a page about the old woollen mill site with photos
Let us know if you like seeking out vintage yarn-related treasures and what special items you have in your collection!