So a few months ago, I received as a gift a very special crochet hook. Being that my hands often get fatigued or stiff, I was super excited to try it. And as life would have it, it turned out to be the size I needed for gauge on the sporty sweater I just completed.
Let me tell you- using this hook was a joy! The project went quicker than expected and I felt special every time I used it!
I had been eyeing the Furls heirloom hooks but I couldn’t justify the $80 per hook they wanted. Plus I use a variety of hook sizes and several of them are on the small side (Furls only goes so small in the heirloom hooks).
So after receiving and using my gift hook, I decided to look into where it was from. NELSONWOOD!
I was slightly overwhelmed by all the options so I started a conversation with the owner. He was prompt, courteous, and very helpful. He answered all of my questions and helped me to customize a six pack to exactly the hooks I wanted. With the six pack, each hook ends up being a tiny bit over half of what Furls wants per heirloom hook.
Each hook is beautifully unique, has good hand feel, and is completely smooth- no rough spots anywhere (unlike other wooden hooks I have bought). The hooks came wrapped individually in a protective cylinder and I received them very timely manner.
I never thought a new hook -or 2- would bring so much joy and excitement to on going and new crochet projects, but it did for me!….I am still working on the circle vest….but I also have completed a couple projects since I last posted. I am doing a few projects using the Get Squared technique. I hope to post about them soon. Until then!
So I’ve been working on this vest for my sister-in-law awhile now and I thought it would be pretty easy. Essentially it is an easy pattern but the yarn chosen for it made it somewhat difficult-basically to get consistent tension with it. I thought I was almost done- the last round is 8dc in each ch 5 space- no problem, right? HA! I have had to frog the last round 3 times now and then frog even more rounds because I ran out of yarn every time. This will teach me to take a pattern at it’s word about yarn requirements.
And so I’m taking a break from it so I can actually feel accomplished and get something done. I don’t know about you guys, but when a crochet project just drags on I feel like I need to make something else that I can complete relatively quickly in order to feel like I’m actually doing something. Hence I started working on this sweater (also for a family member) and after working with that (thread)yarn this project is just flying! Hoping to be done in a couple days and then I will again tackle the final round of the circle vest.
So here it is- My completed Secret Paths Shawl. The pattern is on Ravelery. I used 3 balls of Mandala yarn to give it a little more length. I’m hoping to put it on Etsy sometime soon- but we’ll see the process of putting new things up it somewhat daunting to my Lyme brain these days. I have a few more projects I’ve finished somewhat recently and I hope to post them soon.
For awhile I didn’t even have enough energy to crochet but it seems ,for now at least, I can get back to it. So many projects- so little time!
Well I finished the hat and am about halfway through the cowl/caplet. It’s been continually rough but hopefully If I can get my feet under me with all this crochet I can make a start of something and feel accomplished. I slept better last night than I have in a month so maybe I’m turning a corner!! I think I need to make a list of projects I want to do ’cause right now they are just bouncing around in my head.
With the wind blowing and the rustle of leaves I’m really enjoying rooibos tea with its earthy flavor and the scent of fall all around. I’m hoping for an extended autumn and a short winter.
Fall is finally here for good I think, there is a crisp breeze and the leaves are falling off all the trees. I would love to sit outside and enjoy this brief season before snow falls and it turns everything soggy and brown. I have had a bad few days with Lyme as well as MCAS and it doesn’t look to be changing. Today is the worst of the last few. I am shaking all over and can’t breathe as well as everything else.
I started several projects over the weekend though- an easy ribbed beanie, a caplet in a cake yarn, and started the process of making many pom poms for a wreath. We will see if I am able to continue with any of them today, I hope so.