This is from Britain from a group of tools from the 1800’s
It was sold with wooden needles, bone crochet hooks & 2 pointy small tools-stilettos
Have no idea what this could be.. The etchings are darkened with a reddish
color & 2 vaguely resemble hearts or a squid
It would be the perfect size to hold a variety of different colored threads
but that is only speculation on this mystery vintage tool- probably made for
I have never had strong hands In fact, I fail (!) the child grip strength tools when my hospital has health fairs..I still hold my pen in a funny way because my fingers grew tired when I was learning how to write
Purling was such a challenge I did not do well with it as a child of nine when taught the American Throw method Even with knit stitches, I had to poke the end of the needle each stitch to move it up making a red sore finger after any knitting so I put aside knitting
Fast forward 40 years and I saw a friend knit continental. I KNEW I could do it She taught me and it was true. I did learn TIme went by and I took another lesson and the teacher said my purls were made crossed and that I did not do the stitch correctly ( not my friend’s fault – I just did not understand the lesson) The new teacher in her 30 minute lesson-taught me the RIGHT way (sigh) to do the purl and it was harder
Too sad ! Then I read about Norwegian purl thinking .”OH, That is the name of the easy way I did it ..”
Nope — nice but not it
Then I saw Annie M’s site and thought – “There it is (!!!!) and she is famous… so I am not a DUMBOLINA ..” ( haha)
I went back to it but this time understanding the part about the leading leg of the stitch ahhhh Now I know 3 ways to purl and can use all It is SUCH a relief!!
If my weak hands can do it- anyone can!
Here is a video that will open doors for the easy/lazy purl whose other name
is COMBINATION purl ( that is the name of the video)
Annie M unvented it and gave it legitimacy and unraveled how to make it work
and called it the Combination knitting
Thanks to the knitting help site They are FABULOUS
Look to the right under blog roll for videos & links for more info..