I don’t talk a lot about crochet. I’m mostly a knitter, after all. But I do enjoy a good crochet project from time to time. There’s something very gratifying about the speed that you can work up a lovely afghan. And I love the idea that you can use a tool as simple as a little hook to make such beautiful and complicated patterns.
Hooks like this one that I received in the mail from one of great-aunts:
It’s a beautiful little tool. It’s wooden, and well worn to satin-y smoothness with years of use. And the most amazing part: It was hand-made by my great-grandfather for my great-grandmother. And (amazingly!) it’s managed to survive all these years.
Can you imagine whittling a crochet hook by hand? I can only imagine how many times my great-grandfather must have started this hook, only to end up cutting all the way through and having to start again. (Or at least that’s what I would have done, but then again, I’m a knitter, not a woodworker.)
I haven’t worked up the guts to try crocheting with the hook yet, but it would be perfect for making a lovely cozy blanket with chunky yarn (the hook is about a size US M). I’m afraid of breaking it all these years! For now, I think I’ll keep it in a shadow box in my knitting studio, where it will stay nice and safe.