Edit: It’s been a little while since I last posted anything, and the main reason is I have just been so busy at work and really tired, that I just couldn’t get the energy to complete a post. The one below I started just over two weeks back, so I thought I should finish it. Mainly as I had hoped to post a FO post, but not quite there. So, read on and maybe in 6 rounds time I shall be posting about the FO. 🙂
I am sure you will all agree that having the right tools available for your craft is key to a successful project. And over the years mine has increased as the number of WIPs grows and with ambition to try more complex patterns. Plus, learning a new craft such as weaving.
When I started to crochet again, my kit consisted of one hook, which was part of a magazine giveaway. With that 6mm hook I made a load of scarves in chunky yarn. It’s a great hook size to start with because a chunky yarn is easy to work, quick to grow and you can easily see the stitch formation.
However, I quickly moved on to a fairly cheap pack of hooks that you can get from Amazon. This gave me a range from 2mm through to 8mm and these serve me well through the various projects I work on at the moment. As hooks go, they glide through the yarn and pretty much always hook the yarn well.
Tunisian crochet fascinated me; crochet that looked like knitting! So when I saw a magazine which included a 6mm Tunisian hook, I jumped at the opportunity to try a different crochet method. My first attempts didn’t result in much, but when I got some chenille yarn for a scarf, Tunisian Gobelin stitch looked nice and easy, so I made a scarf or two.
Another magazine purchase provided me with some stitch markers. You don’t realise how much easier it is to do rounds with these until you get some. I used to use a piece of waste yarn and weave it in and out as I went, but it is easy to let that move back or forward a stitch.
This little tape measure was a Christmas Cracker gift. How lucky! It is only 40in long and I will upgrade at some point, but it suffices for now. I have already stitched it at the loop end as the glue holding it around the plastic came apart. I was thinking someone might be buying me a new one for Christmas. But as it turns out, since I started this post (two weeks back) my tape measure gave up so I had to buy a new one.
Darning needles you cannot do without and I purchased a couple. The main one I use has a fairly large eye. Some others I have come with a moveable piece to facilitate easier threading. Although I tend not to use them as I have had them catch yarn on occasions. I ended up with some plastic needles because I somehow thought I needed some with an even larger eye, they are not great but do a job when I find I have misplaced my preferred needle. Then I added the curved ones recently to help with toy making.
The KnitPro hooks are ok. I wouldn’t say they are my favourite hooks. I find the hook end catches yarn fibre sometimes, and not as secure at holding the yarn as the metal ones. However, I use them when needed, if I have left the hook I need in another project. And the fine point is great with finer yarns to get into the stitch.
The selection of KnitPro that have the connectors, I purchased to support larger Tunisian crochet projects; those where the number of loops is greater than space allowed on the fixed length metal hook.
The ruler hitch you can just make out on the right, I use in weaving, to measure the number of wpi (wraps per inch) of yarn, thereby allowing me to select the correct heddle reed to use. Clear is ideal as coloured ones can make it harder to see the markings.
And lastly my case I was given as a present, ordered from Etsy. The crafter makes some lovely cases, although if I were buying again, I would go for one without Velcro. There have been the odd occasion where it is open and a ball of yarn rolls on to it and catches on the hooks.
I have my hook for threading my reeds when weaving. And that’s the only tool I keep in here for my weaving, just so I don’t lose it.
I almost forgot my pins and wires for blocking. The wires are great for shawls but you have to be careful not to catch the yarn when threading them through. As to the pins, I prefer the hairpin type as I find it gives a better hold.
So, what do I want to add?
A nice pair of scissors would be good. I would probably add a measure for gauge. And at some point I will add to my meagre collection of knitting needles. It would then mean I need a new case too.
I would love to see what you have in your crochet/knitting/weaving kit.