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!