Wednesday, October 24, 2012

~Review + Giveaway~

At the beginning of this month, Jessica at Sharp Crochet Hook contacted me to ask if I would be willing to review her crochet hook. I was very happy to say yes! She sent me a hook and a small pattern booklet of crochet edges, which she sells for $10.99.

The hook has a pointed end, which makes it easy to use to crochet borders on fabric edges. When I make a crochet-edged receiving blanket, I have always used my regular crochet hook. It takes time and patience to wiggle the crochet hook through.

The hook and pattern booklet I received:

Since I don't have a need for baby gifts right now, I decided to go a different way and crochet a border on towels.

My towels and crochet thread:

Note: the crochet thread is lovely, nice and soft, BUT it wasn't the best match for this project, as it had a bad habit of splitting.

I washed and dried the towels to allow for shrinkage. Then I used a water soluble marker and marked where I would be crocheting (after I took the picture I noticed the ruler was upside down!):

Oh look, the towel got some handprints on it! Oh well... :)

I could have gone the easy route and crocheted above the hem. But I decided to test the hook out to see how well it really goes through fabric. ;-) It goes through so nicely! Note: if you have thicker thread or you're having trouble pulling the loop through the fabric, push the hook into the fabric deeper to create a larger hole.

My finished project:

I did have to use an awl to get through the fabric bands on the cream towel. Those were a bear to crochet through, and if you notice my pattern you will see that I had to go through each hole four times per pattern repeat. Otherwise, the Sharp Crochet Hook worked so nicely! I am thinking of more things I'd like to edge!

Now...would you like to win one? Jessica has generously offered to send a hook and pattern booklet to one of my readers. Just leave a comment to be placed in the drawing. The drawing will be open through Saturday, October 27, 8 PM EST. Please make sure that you either leave an email address in your comment or that your email address is in your profile so that I have a way to contact you.


Demi More said...

I would love one!

Sara H said...

I always wondered how to get the crochet hook through towels and blankets! This looks so cool!

Sarah said...

Oh, yes please! What a genius idea! I would definitely love one of these sharp crochet hooks.

Kristina Clemens said...

Your project looks so great! And it appears so intricate too. Lovely!

Deb said...

There was a lady in our church many years ago who always crocheted edgings around baby blankets. Her name was Grace Daley...but we all called her our Daily Grace. :) This post definitely reminded me of her, and I'd love to be entered so I can practice making some of her beautiful projects.

Jusmom1 said...

I would LOVE to win this crochet hook. I am "rediscovering" the edging that I remember so fondly from my childhood (my grandmother crocheted beautiful edgings) and would love to attempt a few towels of my own. Thanks for the chance to win.

Anonymous said...

Those edgings are beautiful! We are expecting our first grandbaby in a few months and I would love to be able to make some baby blankets with that edging.

cfkenny10 (at) gmail (dot) com

Susan said...

I'm interested! Well, if it's open to Canadian residents? I've always loved crochet edging but never have made any. This would be a perfect way to try it out!

Erin said...

I would love to win it! I have some little girl clothes that could use a pretty edging!

Demi More said...

I would like to withdraw my entry, because when I first came upon this blog there weren't any entries, and I thought it would be cool to learn how. But revisiting this page I see a lot more people would have a greater use than I would. Good luck to everyone :)

Ruth said...

What lovely towels. You do beautiful work. (I already have the hook, so don't enter me in the drawing).