On Wed, 12 Jan 2000 02:08:23 -0800, Mary-Lou
>on this same subject, i wonder if anyone can help with some
>information? many years ago, i think i saw a mechanical knitting nancy
>in a (german?) magazine. you clamped it to a table-top, wrapped the
>wool round the "pins" in the normal way, and then by turning a handle,
>the device would knit cords for you (presumably quicker than the manual
>version, and less fiddly). so, does anyone recognise this description,
>or know who might manufacture such a device ??
The 6-stitch all-metal cord knitter that clamps to a table top is called
a Hobby Knit and is still being made by a small company in NY that
bought the rights from Montello, the people that made mine. It's fairly
expensive and only available by direct order from the company, which
only advertises occasionally. However it is very sturdy & can even knit
fine art wire. I've made some fun jewelry on mine with the stuff.
I also own a plastic version that knits 4 stitches called the Magic
Cord, made by Bond and sold through many outlets, for much less money.
It is much less sturdy, though, and because the needles rotate rather
than the yarn feeder, the cord coming out the bottom twirls and twists
constantly, which I find extremely annoying.
Nicky Epstein reviewed several models of spool knitters, many no longer
in production, in Threads #59 on page 76, deftly hidden in the "Notes"
column. She says the Hobby-Knit is the only one that is capable of
making cord with non traditional materials like monofilament and wire,
and the only one that has replacement parts available. As I said, it's
main drawback is initial cost. As of the article it retailed for $79.95
plus $6. shipping and I think it's gone up since.
However it's been made since 1948 and there are some vintage ones out
there, still in use, so they may show up on Ebay or in second hand
shops. Yeah, tell me about it. Like anyone would part with one of these
things! The Manufacturer/Supplier, still current as of last year is:
Riverview Textile Studio
303 River Rd.
Grandview, NY 10960 (914)359-7829
Helen "Halla" Fleischer,
Fantasy & Fiber Artist in Fairland, MD USA