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Thursday, March 28, 2013


My adventures in filet crochet have got me thinking about all things crochet. Specifically, a bigger handle for my teeny tiny #7 steel crochet hook. I have been seeing the polymer clay crochet hook handles and have been contemplating trying those.

Let's face it, I'm not getting any younger and my hands really complain about holding on to the tiny #7 steel hook that I use to filet crochet with. So I've been looking for a way to make a bigger handle so I can hold on to it and not stress out my hand so much.

I found this at JoAnn's:

Nice idea but....I could not get the hang of it to save my life! I tried, I really really wanted it to work. I felt like I had 10 thumbs, I kept dropping stitches, it was a mess.

I have seen the beautiful polymer clay crochet hook handles around the nets and they are very beautiful but the last thing I need right now is to be buying supplies for a whole new craft venture, not to mention the time it would take away from my designing and crocheting (but don't think for a minute that I will forget this little gem of an idea, its not totally off the drawing board)

So in my search around Googleland, I ran across this idea:

Yep, it's exactly what it looks like. MY CROCHET HOOK INSIDE A PEN!!! When I saw the pictures, I was, to say it mildly, very skeptical.  I thought, no way! Well, of course I had a pen laying on my desk so I took it apart and slid my hook inside, put the cap back on and BAM! I have a new handle for my crochet hook.

It's just big enough to fit comfortably in my hand, has a rubber grip on it and it's very light. I tried a row of crochet on the project I am currently working on, and it works like a charm!

If you're anything like me, I love pens. I mean I LOVE pens. I collect them. It's a shameless habit, but what can I say. Anyway, the prettier ones I save even when they run out of ink. The hamster on the wheel in my head is working over time.......    

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