I have made good headway with Megs blanket and have reached the point
where I'm getting excited about the finishing off bits.
I have to admit to this one being a bit of a slow starter ...
partly because I started it with a size 6mm hook and then after working
several cm's decided ( woman's prerogative and all that )
that I wanted a softer feel to the blanket so undid it all and
started again with a bigger hook,
but also partly because of the hook I was using.
Because I changed my mind about the hook size I had to have a rummage
in my drawer at the last minute and the gold metal one was the
only one I had in the right size.
I think this set was one that I bought very cheaply when I first started
crocheting and I don't think I've actually used any of them up until now.
So, after re doing the big long starting chain I began again.
Yes, the blanket grew but it was all very slow and almost ,
dare I say it , hard work !
I know - never did I think I'd find crocheting a blanket arduous -
but it just kind of was.
After a bit of thought I realised that it wasn't the wool,
nor was it that I had suddenly lost my crochet mo-jo -
it was the bloomin' hook !
It just kept slipping about and wriggling as I was using it and it didn't let
me get into any sort of regular pattern or stride.
I think I'd got so used to using my favourite hooks that I had taken for granted
how much of a difference having the right hook makes.
It took a while to find my hook of choice,
going from wood to metal
to metal with Fimo handles added,
( having seriously coveted Lucy's gorgeous hook over at Attic 24.)
But none of these felt right and when I came across hooks with soft grip handles
it was a bit of a light bulb moment for me.
I bought a couple of black ones and they kept me happily hooking away for some time ...
but when I discovered you could get them in PINK there was no going back !
This photo makes my heart sing -
so much pink, crochet loveliness.
Anyway, to cut a rather long story short, a soft grip handled size
7mm hook was hastily ordered online,
and whilst it may not be pink,
its just the job and Megs blanket has come along at a cracking pace this past week.
Oooh, and just before I go, as a little PS to last weeks post ...
the cowl got edged...
I knew it was only a matter of time ...
a quick round of DC
followed by a round of 4 TR's in every stitch.
Wishing you a happy week of hooking
and if you get a minute I'd love to know your hook of choice.