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New Knitting Toy

Today the Brownies left a box with this in it on my porch:

Singer Spool Knitter
Singer Spool Knitter

It’s the Singer Spool Knitter! I got it because I really, really want to make one of these, which is the Spaghetti Scrap Scarf by Circé Belles Boucles. Her blog is in French, but the images are amazing. Have a look.

I admit that my motives for doing this scarf are a bit more macabre than that beautiful, funky design would suggest. I want to use mine to make grey, black, and dark purple cords along with one cord of my eyeball yarn that I recently acquired from Insubordiknit. I see that the product is sold out, so I do feel lucky to have some. How creepy would that be, a black and grey snaky scarf with stringy eyeballs popping out now and then? I think it is the perfect Halloween costume.

So anyway, I bought this Singer gadget hearing on one of my knitting lists that it does heavier yarns than some of the other spool knitters do, so I thought it would be worth a try. We’ll see. The yarn in the photo isn’t anywhere near worsted weight, and it took me a while to get the hang of it to do this one bit of cord that I have so far. We’ll have to see how far it will go. I’m pretty lazy about knitting cords, and the thought of doing them all by hand doesn’t excite me, but the scarf itself does, so we shall see how it goes. Of course I don’t expect to be able to knit the eyeball yarn on my little spool gadget, but if I could knock some of the others out that way? I’d be really, really happy.

Gotta run. It’s Leno’s last night, and I’m watching. When it was Johnny’s last night, 17 years ago, it was the night before my husband and I moved in together, thus, a major turning point in my life. Nothing so earth-shattering this time around, but I gotta wonder if something’s not looming.


Guess what??? While watching Leno I did try to use the spool knitter with Wool of the Andes yarn, which is worsted weight. Guess what?? It WORKED. As long as I went really slowly and made sure that my previous round of stitches would drop below the latch on the hook before the hook picked up the next round. Yes, I mean REAAALLLLLLYYYYYY slow. But it’s still faster than knitting it myself. I think it’ll be good. Yay!!

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3 responses to “New Knitting Toy”

  1. victoria g Avatar

    Ooooh! Cool! I’m so glad it worked for you…I had a similar/smaller version…can’t remember the brand. It worked “ok”…but definitely not with larger yarn. Maybe I’ll pick one of these up and play a bit too, I really do not enjoy making i-cord. And now I’m off to check out the scarf pattern you speak of…hmmmm…sounds intriguing, do let me know how the knitter works out.

  2. Robin Marie Avatar

    I only just realized that I have this mushroom thing that makes i-cords! My mom brought it home from Boston when I was really little. I love that yours is bright pink, and has a crank! How did it run with the lightweight yarn? Can’t wait to see the creepy scarf:)

  3. csangelsf Avatar

    The brownies left one in the free box of our local bookstore but forgot the instructions. Can anyone share how to string the Singer spool knitter and make the cords? Thanks

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