>Bells posted about a vintage bell-shaped knitting gauge that she has recently purchased [ and how could she not, given her nickname ? ]
and that prompted me to check the two that I have, to see if they were the same.
My friend Maz would know immediately which ones she has but not me.
and, as it turns out, mine aren’t quite the same as Bells’.
Then the next thought that occurred was that I hadn’t ever shown you my rather modest collection, except for incidental photos of the silver coloured bells and beehive that hang on the tree in my bedroom at Christmas
These ones don’t go above size 6 which is today’s 5.5mm /US 9 – presumably because people simply didn’t knit with anything thicker. There is no modern equivalent for those teeny size 16s, but a 2mm / US size 0 would be a 14.
This one isn’t a needle gauge per se – it has a little brass slide on the front for keeping track of rows.. On the back it has a ruler and the legend ” The ‘BRAX’ KNITTER’S AID patent applied for” … anyone got any idea where or when it was made ?
I used to have more needle gauges – a couple of Bakelite beehives that had been my mother’s, and some others that had probably come free with English Women’s Weekly in the 60s and 70s, but somewhere along the line, they have disappeared as is the way of such things.
Friend Maz is the serious collector of these things so if you’d like to see more, go visit her and then my dozen-and-a-bit will pale into insignificance :]
eta I’ve now linked to the specific post that shows her collection
and if you have some lurking in the bottom of your knitting basket, or the drawers of that old Singer sewing machine, or in Nanna’s old workbasket – please share photos.