A Stallion of a Woolly Horse!

When I first began to do stranded knitting, I decided to invest in a woolly horse from the Shetlands. I ordered it from Jamieson & Smith (very costly) and was disappointed with the workmanship (can't call it "craftsmanship"): holes not drillled all the way, shoddy construction, moveable pieces that didn't have their full range because the adjoining piece had been improperly cut and etc. But, I used it with satisfactory results. When I was blocking the last jumper I noticed the pressed wood the board is made from had started to splinter and come apart. It was time for a new one.

Luckily, Albert told me about his and on his recommendation I decided to order one. They come from a firm in Canada which gave me excellent and friendly customer service. The painful part of the sale was the postage cost more than the item itself but I'm pretty well used to that living way down here.

I came today and it is fantastic! All hardwood, sanded and varnished so no rough edges, good construction, excellent design, stainless steel fittings - everything I could want. I am confident it will work fine on my next garment.

Here is a link if you're interested:

http://www.camillavalleyfarm.com/knit/woolyboard.htm

My advise is to avoid this product from Jamieson & Smith and purchase from Camilla Valley Farms or another firm that sells this particular woolly horse. You won't be disappointed.

PS: Many thanks, Albert, for your recommendation!

Comments

albert's picture

Glad it worked out.

kiwiknitter's picture

Thanks to you for the referral! For all things stranded, I'll ask you first for advice, o wise one!

Knit like the wind!

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

albert's picture

Cripes, you're doomed!

RareSteek's picture

I have always been very happy with Camilla Valley Farms. They are only about an hour away from me, so haven't tried their mail service, but they are very accommodating in person. They have a lot of knitting stuff, but seem to specialise more in the looms and weaving end of things. Aside from my dog yelping in shock when she stuck her nose in their electric fence (silly dog) it is always a pleasure to go there, including the nice drive in the country. Now for the question: Does a woolly horse serve any other purpose than blocking a sweater after washing? You particualrly mention using it with stranded knitting so I am curious what other purpose it serves.
As for the cost of postage, maybe I could deliver??? :-)

Alan

http://raresteek.blogspot.com/

kiwiknitter's picture

Stranded garments must be dressed (blocked) after completion or else they are a mess. Blocking soothes out all the little bumps and such. In the Shetlands, even the most expert knitter doesn't consider a piece completed until dressed. I have used it for other jumpers after washing them. They keep their shape and I can alter them a bit (eg lengthen the sleeves) if I feel they are a tad too short.

As for costs, I paid CDN$97.95 fort the board + CDN$118.00 for postage! You could have delivered!

Knit like the wind!

Never trust a man who, when left alone in a room with a tea cozy, doesn't try it on.  ~Billy Connolly

Kerry's picture

I'm glad that you are pleased with your new blocking horse, but what a price! Unless I can find a locally made one here, I shall be washing my jumper and blocking by hand.

RareSteek's picture

Yesterday I just ordered a Majacraft spinning wheel 'Rose'. It is coming from New Zealand. Too bad we couldn't have some sort of magic swap.

Alan

http://raresteek.blogspot.com/