Thursday, June 24, 2010

and then I did some hooking

I've been doing quite a bit of crochet lately and have become very fond of my hook with the thicker handle .
I can crochet for much longer and my hand doesn't cramp at all .
I have been on the lookout for a spare one but they aren't easy  to find and are a bit pricey .

I thought I'd have a go at making my own thick handles and I must say I am very happy with how they work,
in fact because they are softer I think they are better than the bought ones .

All I did was wrap masking tape around the bare metal hooks and slipped on pencil grips over the top .
The pencil grips had to be wriggled on as I wanted the masking tape thick enough to hold the grips firmly .
This way I can now have extra hooks as I had plenty of old ones with no handles .
I guess you could call me one happy hooker !




26 comments:

Deb said...

Clare thats what I do with my hooks also. Pencil grips are perfect.
Your crocheting is fabulous. I find it nice to do as its easy and you don't need to concentrate as much.
Enjoy
hugs Deb

Linda said...

what a fab idea Clare

Barb said...

What a smart thing to do....

quiltinbysea said...

Very clever! Love the crochet - all knee warmers? - but my fave is still the purple tulips - they float my boat.

our shabby cottage said...

Clever gal! Happy creative crafty hooking Clare!

Little Ted Canvas said...

Your blankets are lovely!

Sue said...

Your home-made handle looks so professional. Well done!

Robyn said...

Gee you're clever! What a great idea :-)
Love your crochet too. Such a wonderful past time in winter.

Liz said...

I love the bigger handles too.It certainly is crochet weather in our neck of the woods

Kerryanne English said...

Creative people never cease to amaze me. How clever of you Clare - you certainly are an ideas gal!!
Hugs ~ Kerryanne

Steph said...

You clever cookie! Love your crochet...looks gorgeous! Hope all is well in your world :)

Posie Patchwork said...

Just wondering if hooking pays well?? Do you hook on a particular street corner?? Love Posie

Pauline said...

Hi Clare,
I had to come take a peek at your hooking...rofl...so glad its crochet...

Jindi's Cottage said...

Good choice of hooking in this weather...perfect for some nice blankets to snuggle under.

Cybele's patch said...

What a clever idea. And you can make them so really 'Clare' looking as well. No chance to loose them (I hope)

Janice said...

What a great idea. I have 2 hooks with the thicker handle and love them, but like you, don't want to have to buy all new hooks. I will definitely try this idea out.

Mistea said...

Not just a Happy Hooker - but a clever one as well!

Must get some of those pencil doo dads and try that out.

Cosy blankets you've been creating.

Joy said...

What a fabulous idea Clare!! I haven't crocheted for AGES ... I should hunt out my hooks ;o).
Hugs,
Joy :o)

sue niven said...

a brilliant idea! thanks for sharing.

Quilting in My Pyjamas said...

I was totally sucked in by the title of your post. I was expecting titilation and got titilated by your brilliant idea instead.

Well done. Great idea!

Allie said...

That is so clever - I'll have to do that to my mom's hooks, she has arthritis and it starts to hurt after a bit. This may help!

Maria said...

The mind boggles, A Happy Hooker. LOL


Great idea for the hook. Love your colourful blankets.

wonderwoman said...

what a brilliant idea!! I only starting 'hooking' last year and got terrible cramp!! your crochet looks lovely.!

xx

Summerfete said...

A great tip for us hookers!

From another Clare hooker xx

A Bite of Country Cupcakes said...

Very good idea...I have'nt seen Pencil grips like those sort.
Good to hear your "hooked up"

Susie said...

Hi Clare, hows you, i finally got round to my giveaway which includes one of your gorgeous patterns.

have a great weekend

Susie from
I Just Love That Fabric