I've been knitting a lot lately as I have been taking part in The Big Derby Knit which I wrote a post about here knitting-for-charity.html back in June. There will be a new project coming soon which I will write about but I decided to divert a little and have a little go at crochet. I'm a total beginner so only trying little projects to learn new stitches, well mainly dropping them and getting tied up in knots at present but I'm persevering. My nan was a big crocheter and it must be in the blood as I do actually enjoy it. Can't believe how patient I am being, normally fiddly things end up across the otherwise of the room after travelling 100mph because I've fell out with it, never to repeat the process ever again but I'm quite relaxed and haven't chucked it anywhere yet.
I had a couple of traditional hooks which in fact were my nan's and got on with them fine but then I saw these colourful beauties and wondered whether they would be easier to use with the rubber handles. Well I love them, they are really comfortable to use and the hooks seem to go where I want them to. You can get a good grip with these handles so nothing slips away and no dropping or snagging stitches. I thought they would be too bulky and the hook wouldn't move through the work easily but they do and I can say I do prefer then to the traditional kind. I believe they are very comfy for those with Arthritis and conditions such as Carpul Tunnel Syndrome because of the grip as it relieves the stress made on the joints and wrists, making crochet accessible to more people.
I also bought a crochet magazine to see if there were any top tips but also I got distracted by the free gift, as you do. It had a free Tunisian crochet hook which on one end looked like a conventional crochet hook and then the length and other end resembled a knitting needle.
Well I thought 'what does one do with that then?' It intrigued me so much I tried following the instructions in the magazine but threw that across the room, yes that did go for a ride and I ended up on You Tube. I just find following someone in a real life demonstration is easier as you can keep rewinding until you get it right.
So I learnt the first Tunisian basic stitch as pictured and it's going well. I really like it. You go from left to right in a crochet fashion working stitches off and then work back right to left in a crocket/knit combo popping them all back on. I thought the needle would be horrendous and too big, in fact I made a clear space across my living room just in case that's where it was going to end up, obviously without piercing any human being, health and safety and all. I really love it though and think I may just learn a bit more. Had never heard of it before and to be honest haven't seen many people doing it. When I improve I may pop some video on a post so you can see how good it is. Let me get really good though first.
I you fancy the coloured crochet hooks I purchased them from Amazon they are priced at £7.99 for 11 hooks and they include sizes 2mm, 2.5mm, 3mm, 3.5mm, 4mm, 4.5mm, 5mm, 5.5mm, 6mm, 7mm, and 8mm. Will put a link (affiliated) at the end of this post which includes all the details. I will also include a link for the Tunisian Hooks too. As I said previously there will be a new Big Derby Knit project coming soon so watch this space.
For now thanks for reading and join me tomorrow for a Verse for Thursday. Take care for now..... Here are your product links......
What to Buy Wednesday
From January 2018 I've decided to shake Wednesdays up and review products that I have purchased so we go from random thoughts to important retail therapy for the new year.