i had forgotten all about my knitting doll. it's been so many years ago that sylvia and i each got one (we called them strickliesel, one of the german terms for it). then, on a recent trip to denmark, i rediscovered the knitting doll (called haekledukke in danish) when i was trying to find useful souvenirs for some small girls i know.
this rediscovery first resulted in a revival of knitting dolls in my life, figuring out again how they work and then teaching others how to use it. since i didn't like the unpractical fat needle that came with the ones i purchased, i went to the craft store to get crochet hooks instead (which ultimately lead to me starting my new hobby of crocheting two weeks ago).
to introduce or re-introduce you to knitting dolls or looms, here are some suggestions:
you can either buy a nice one that's ready to go on etsy, or make your own, following the instructions you find in the links at the end of this post.
taking knitting nancy to a whole new level
and absolutely worth checking out: janet of "a fool for spool"
here are some tutorials on how to make and use knitting looms:
how to make your own:
• rhythm of the home, article by kristine
how to make and use one, incl. step by step instructions:
• hinterland mama
you're more the video type? no problem, that's what youtube is for:
• tutorial #1 with good ideas of what can be done with the knitted strings
• tutorial #2 with more great ideas of what can be created with a knitting spool
have you also used a knitting doll before?
are you inspired to introduce them to the children in your life?
i hope you are, since no matter if you decide to buy one that is ready made or hand craft your own, it will bring many hours – if not years – of enjoyment to whoever is up for trying it out!