Thrift Shop Finds…

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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

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And here’s a link to a page about the old woollen mill site with photos

Brora, Woollen MillAlternative Names Duke Of Sutherland’s Engineering Works; Hunters Of Brora, Old Mill; Sutherland Woollen Mill Canmore ID 6980 Site Number NC90SW 9 NGR NC 9052 0415 Council HIGHLAND Parish CLYNE Former Region HIGHLAND Former District SUTHERLAND Former County SUTHERLAND Datum OSGB36 – NGR Canmore Mapping View this site on a map Architectural Notes NC90SW 9 9052 0415 (Location cited as NC 905 042).

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Let us know if you like seeking out vintage yarn-related treasures and what special items you have in your collection!