Corking. Does anyone remember corking? Maybe you called it something else. Spool knitting maybe? Okay..corking….a cylindrical piece of wood or plastic with a hole lengthwise through the middle and four to six pegs around the outside edge of the hole. You dropped yarn down through the hole and then wrapped it around the pegs. Once ‘loaded’ with yarn you then proceeded to ‘knit’ from the pegs and pull the finished tube like ‘knitting’ down through the hole. When you got tired of knitting you cast the stitches off, sewed your tube into a circle and gave it to your mom to put hot pots on at the table. Ringing a bell now? You can see a demonstration of it on YouTube.
The hubs tells me that he had a corking spool when he was a kid. He made his own out of a big empty thread spool and some finishing nails. That’s the 50’s for you. Kids knew how to make their own fun. I’m embarrassed to admit I had a store bought one.
Anyhoo….after the kidlets showed an interest in knitting I started thinking about how I got started in crafting in general and, how I got started, was with ‘corking’. Imagine my delight to find that Costco had kits with a corking spool, yarn, a ‘picker’ and some instructions on how to make simple things. I bought two for the kidlets. I’ll give them to them on Valentines Day. That’s coming up soon y’know.