What's in Your Hands?... What's in Stores...What do you Buy?
The 1920's may well be remembered as "The roaring 20's"...The Jazz age or age of short skirts, cropped hair and a flatter torso. But they also became the age of the Knit Jersey Craze that changed knits forever.
Chanel, Vionnet & Schiaparelli are the trio of designers who dominated the 1920's fashion couture scene.
Knit garments of every kind became the height of fashion. Hand knitting became very popular. Those who could not knit quickly learned how. Their fashion trends were sensational. Nothing like them had ever been seen before.
Knitting tools also changed from "natural" turtleshell or ivory to new plastics such as Faux tortoise shell and celluloid (bakelite) invented by American scientist John Hyatt. Needles were made in all sorts of wonderful colors and styles...they were warm in the hand and effortless to knit with.
Beehive Yarns and Dry Goods
Founded in 1906 as Beehive Yarns and Dry Goods by the Fowler Family, the Beehive started its life retailing yarn, fabric and woolen underwear – which was proudly displayed suspended from the ceiling – to Victoria’s increasingly modern population. The store moved locations several times before settling on Fort Street (see above photo), where it remained for several decades.
After two generations of ownership by the Fowler Family, the Orme Family bought the Beehive in the 1950s. Their specialty became fine British Woollen Yarns and Fabric, and gradually all other “dry goods” were phased out.
In the 1970s, knitting had a big renaissance when the “Condo Sweater” craze began. The Beehive responded by opening multiple locations in Hillside Mall, in Mayfair Mall, and on Oak Bay Avenue.
By 1995, the multiple shop locations had merged into the single Oak Bay Avenue location. In March 1997, Valerie Huggett bought the Beehive. In 1999, she moved the shop back downtown, just a few blocks away from its original location!
In 2018, her daughter Julia joined the team to continue the Beehive Wool Shop tradition of family ownership.
Nuna's Vintage knitting needles hold a story, it hides in the wool and whispers from the clicking needles. They date back to hands like yours. Someone made them in the "Roaring 20's".
Type: Straight Single Point
Size: No.3-8 inch
Material: up-cycled Bakelite
Colors: Red w/blk. Bee Hive topper
Restoration: Perfect vintage quality. Repackaged as listed. Celluloid restoration so needles are not brittle.