Knitting gauges

Knitting gaugesKnitting needle gauges
made in England, 1940-50s

I am a knitter – and a collector – so naturally I have started to collect knitting needles gauges.

It’s sort of an amalgamation of my interests in the domestic arts- knitting- and technology. Here we have two aluminium gauges: the first is a bell gauge made by Emu, in England in the 1940s.

It’s a lovely anodised aluminium green: the Emu logo is a ball of wool with knitting needles for legs. It’s unusual in that it sizes needle gauges internally- rather than externally, which was the practice up to the 40s.

The second gauge is a ’D-shaped’ gauge by Stratnoid Aluminium – this being the brand name of Stratton & Co, Birmingham. The gauge is unusual in that it indicates imperial and metric sizes.

I have just discovered that collecting needle gauges is a thing: it’s not just me! I have collected a few since this image was taken….

The two gauges are for sale: $AU40

Knitting gauges

Knitting gaugesKnitting needle gauges
made in England, 1940-50s

I am a knitter – and a collector – so naturally I have started to collect knitting needles gauges.

It’s sort of an amalgamation of my interests in the domestic arts- knitting- and technology. Here we have two aluminium gauges: the first is a bell gauge made by Emu, in England in the 1940s.

It’s a lovely anodised aluminium green: the Emu logo is a ball of wool with knitting needles for legs. It’s unusual in that it sizes needle gauges internally- rather than externally, which was the practice up to the 40s.

The second gauge is a ’D-shaped’ gauge by Stratnoid Aluminium – this being the brand name of Stratton & Co, Birmingham. The gauge is unusual in that it indicates imperial and metric sizes.

I have just discovered that collecting needle gauges is a thing: it’s not just me!

The two gauges are for sale: $AU40

70s vintage

70s vintageVintage styling – 70s style

A fantastic wrecker’s yard near me recently had a public sale: I bought the gauges shown here. They were salvaged from a vintage Rolls Royce Corniche, c.1971. Yes- 70s vintage.

The temperature and fuel gauges [and their mounting frame- suitably time worn] are shown here on the left- but the piece de resistance is the wonderful RR speedometer – showing 130 MPH – big and black with a white font – spectacular!

On my side table I have displayed the three gauges [I do love gauges- see older posts below] and a model Trabant car – from my recent trip to Berlin. Surely there is no more ironic paring than the Trabant and a Rollers! But that’s the way I roll- mixing contemporary and vintage, and old and new. Irony is there in the mix- and this is the nearest I’ll ever get to a Rollers.