Sheesh – it’s been a little while since I’ve posted! I’d love to say I was on a world tour, visiting all the warm sunny and glorious locations, being fanned and fed grapes by a very buff foreign cabana boy… but it’s nothing that glamorous 🙂 I had to take a little time off to spend some time with my brand new grand babies and some travel for that pesky day job (hey, bills gotta get paid, right?). But during that time, I did manage to squeeze in some hookin’ – tested some patterns for other designers, competed in the Battle of the Stitches challenge, and tried out some new tools.
I’m not sure if any of you have seen the offers by Happily Hooked Magazine for a set of free bamboo crochet hooks as long as you pay the shipping. I’m always skeptical of these types of things, because, let’s face it – there almost always is a hidden fee or some kind of catch that ends up costing you WAY MORE than the same thing would cost in a store. And often times the items that you actually receive are vastly different that what you thought you were getting. So I thought to myself: Self, maybe we should give it a try and even write a blog post about my experience 🙂 So that’s what me and “Self” decided to do 🙂
The ad said the offer was for a set of 7 Bamboo Hooks, and this is what I received:
I was very pleased to see that the tip of the hook is in the Boye style and not Bates… I know I’m likely to kick a hornet’s nest when I say this, but… I can’t stand the Bates hooks! Don’t get me started on why – it would take an entire blog post for that explanation! But just suffice it to say that I am 100%, T-totally, absolutely a Boye girl! While the hooks themselves are a very lightweight metal of some kind, the handles themselves are bamboo from what I can tell. The handles are not round, but they are wide and flat with a nice spot for your thumb to grip if you are a knife-style hooker like me. Being a handicapped hooker, I’m always looking for ways to make crafting more comfortable, and this seemed to be fairly easy to hold. I don’t think these would be very comfortable if you are a pencil-style hooker though. But that’s just a guess, since I still can’t get the hang of holding my hook any other way but the way I always do 🙂
I was reading some of the comments to Happily Hooked’s ad, and some folks thought that their hooks weren’t filed smoothly and that their hooks snagged the yarn. Actually, I didn’t find that to be the case with my set. I used the 4.0 mm hook on a sweater, and the yarn didn’t seem to catch on the hook at all. In that respect, it worked just as good as my standard metal G hook.
All in all, I think the set of hooks were definitely worth the $6.99 shipping fee, in spite of the somewhat misleading statement that they were bamboo hooks. I mean, you pay that much for just a couple of hooks at the store, right?!
In fact, I liked them well enough that I bought a second set to give away to one of my fabulous blog readers! Yes – that means YOU!
If you’d like to receive a set of these hooks, leave a comment below telling me about your favorite crochet hook and why you love it so much! I’ll randomly draw a winner from the comments the week before Father’s Day!
Happy Hookin’ Y’all!