Friday, August 1, 2008

Crochet Hook Collection

For Show & Tell Friday, I thought I'd share about my collection of crochet hooks. Now, I ask you. Does any one person really need this many crochet hooks?Of course not! But I love having them, anyway. The bottom row is of steel crochet hooks for working with thread, from size 00 to size 14. The upper row is of the larger aluminum hooks for working with yarn, from sizes B to J. (The sizes actually overlap a little... I think a size 1 steel hook is the same size as a B aluminum hook.)

I have at least one of every size, I think, and 3 or 4 of most sizes. That's a little bit ridiculous, I know... but most of them have been given to me. Over the years I've "inherited" a small handful here and there from different grandma-ladies who have passed away. Since I love to crochet, I really treasure them, too.

There are a few plastic hooks mixed in, too, but I don't like working with them. The yarn doesn't slide on the hook as nicely on plastic as it does on metal.

Here's the most unique (and probably the oldest) hook in my collection. It has a steel hook on each end, joined in the middle with a handle of bone! I really do wonder how old it is. I haven't tried to use it because the metal is somewhat bent out of shape.

So... I have lots of options, and it's really handy to have so many when I lose the one I'm working with (which often happens in the car!), but mostly I use size 7 for thread crochet, size 10 if I'm working with finer thread, and size G for yarn. I have actually made a few projects using a size 12 hook with size 40 thread, which is nearly as fine as sewing thread. I guess the size 14 would be for very fine sewing thread, maybe. Can you imagine?
Show and Tell

14 comments:

ceekay said...

Well, you must win a contest somewhere! That is a very unusual collection, but hey...if you like them then why not? A nice collection that certainly doesn't take a lot of room. Makes more sense than some things I collect...but that is a whole other topic! Have a wonderful weekend!!

Carrie said...

It is always interesting to discover a new area of collecting. The hooks are in pretty colors too...

Hootin' Anni said...

Are you kiddin' me? Yes, YES!! Having that many is great. I love crochet hooks. Have you ever been to ebay and typed in antique crochet hooks? I have, and I'll tellya, it'd soon be an addiction if I'd bid. But, I don't 'cause I know I'd have a huge collection too.

My Show N Tell is posted, I hope you can stop by sometime today for a visit. Happy Friday!!!

Muum said...

I can see how they can accumulate, esp if you love to crochet. I am not very good at crocheting, but I have a few daughters who really seem to enjoy it. (and I get the benefit :)
fun post today.

A Romantic Porch said...

Karla, I'm astonished! That hook collection is amazing. And how neat the one with the bone handle in the middle. Your ability to crochet is wonderful. xo rachel

Melissa Wertz said...

As one who crochets, I love your collection! They are wonderful. Have a blessed weekend. :-)

A Hint of Home said...

I had no idea there were that many different hooks. You probably could win some kind of contest. Thanks for sharing.

Anne Fannie said...

Now that is alot of crochet hooks! You win the prize!

Kathi~Lavender, Lace and Thyme said...

Good Morning Karla :),

I love your collection, I even have a few crochet hooks and I haven't crocheted since I was a teen. I love the older, antique looking one!


Have a Fantastic Friday!
Kathi :)

Kathy said...

Wow! That is some collection. I'm glad they all found you, not me, because I wouldn't have a clue what to do with them! I wish I did, but I think I am hopeless in the art of crochet! A neat collection!
Kathy

Farrah said...

You are too funny! I'd like to take a bunch of them and create a piece of art fitting for someone who likes to crochet. :-)

Barbara H. said...

They look so pretty all grouped together like that!

Patty H. said...

That's a nice collection. I have one of the teeny tiny hook ones. you'd need really good glasses to be able to see the thread you use it wiht. That one with the bone is very unique.

Ivory Spring said...

Hahaha - but at least they serve a purpose. You can never have too many of things that serve special purposes. I say, keep collecting them! :)