I am seriously considering jumping into Fair Isle and Intarsia and have been wondering if I should be using bobbins. As many here know, I love to collect vintage knitting accessories (not needles, however) and I've posted a photo of my favourite bobbins. The largest are from Canada and made by Perfecto; they measure 4 cms. The 2 at the left are from the UK, are unmarked and measure 12.5 cms. The remainder (and I have lots of these) are labeled Yarn Bob'n and come from the US (Chicago). That's their box with the original price sticker of .79 cents.
Anyway, this discussion topic is asking if those of our members who do multi-colour knitting, in particular Fair Isle and Intarsia, use bobbins or if they have some other method.
The second photo is the cover of the American Weekly magazine dated July 1952 (at which time I was less than one year old!). As you can see the hunky lifeguard is knitting an argyle sock and if you look closely you can see the bobbins hanging from his work. My thanks to our newest member Chris Vandenburg for sending this fantastic vintage knitting picture to me.