Vintage Craft LOVE: The Knitting Machine

Have you ever seen one of these hand-crank knitting  machines by Mattel, Inc. that make cute little knitted yo-yos? I stumbled upon this vintage craft beauty – complete with two manuals – last weekend at an outdoor market in Fraser, Mich. (my hometown) and bought it for a dollar. I haven’t had a chance to test it out to see if it works, but I have high hopes that this machine still has a little life left in it. Something tells me it’s going to work better than the modern plastic version we have floating around the house. The date on the box says it was made in the U.S.A. in 1975.

Do any of you have one of these knitting machines? Does it work? Please do share what you know about it. It’s amazing how giddy I get over a $1 vintage craft find. What is the best vintage craft supply or product you’ve ever discovered at a thrift sale?

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