Monday, 5 March 2012
Tools of my trade
Here are the tools of my trade and without them I would be lost - all creativity stopped, a bit like Samson without his hair. Would I go as far to say as I would grab them if I were fleeing my burning home? No but they would be one of the first things I would have to go and replace.
My most favourite is the odd looking wooden egg shaped one. After searching endlessly for ergonomic crochet hooks a few years ago on the internet, this one came to light. After much deliberating I ordered it all the way from Canada and almost didn't because of the cost. I do have to thank my husband here for the kick up the backside to order it so that I could carry on being creative. It arrived super quick and is marvellous - you do have to get used to it though due to its shape and may not suit everyone depending on the way you hold your hook. I love the way the wood is so tactile and once you've been crocheting for a while, the wood takes on the heat from your hand and you can crochet for hours. Trust me, I've done it.
As like most people, I have more than one project on the go and needed different sizes, I also spotted on Google instructions on how to make your own ergonomic hook. Simply using regular crochet hooks, I wrapped some masking tape around the handle to pad it out a bit (more on smaller hooks and less on the fatter ones) and then slid/pushed/jammed a couple of rubber pen grips on that I bought through good old Ebay. Voila! Good to go and surprisingly comfy...
I have also bought a 7mm Addi Swing Turbo hook which is fairly new on the market. It looks very strange and looks almost like a toothbrush handle. It is fairly good although it is almost too curved - maybe done for eye appeal rather than actual comfort? I think I may end up customising this myself and padding it out in a few places..
Anyway, must pick up said hook now and get to it as have many items still to make in time for fast approaching craft fair....more on that soon.