On Crochet Hooks

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Crochet never was a friend of mine. It took me years to understand the concept of one needle only to realise that my hands tire extremely fast even after I had acquired the basic skills.

Well, it seems like the problem was pretty easy to solve. The way I hold the hook just did not match the shape of the handle. While my hands tire and cramp using crochet hooks with thin or cylindrical handles, they do not when I use flattened handles like the Chiaogoo ones.

I deliberately chose bamboo handles as I had one other crochet hook that worked well for me, but whose handle was treated with a soft touch finish. Initially, this was not a problem at all, but the coating interacted with my natural hand cream and became sticky over time.

To test my new hooks and to improve my crochet skills, I decided to challenge myself with a doily. I chose the free Mathilde pattern by Grace Fearon and some cheap, red crochet thread. The pattern is well-written and easy to follow. I had to look up about half of the required skills, but there are tons of good tutorials on YouTube, some are even linked in the pattern. I’m pretty amazed by the result. Maybe, I’ll give crochet another chance.

H+H Cologne 2018, Part 2

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Colour

The most stunning colourwork sweater this year, imho, was shown at Novita, a Finnish yarn company. This honestly inspires me to try multicoloured intarsia:

Schoppel, as expected, has beautiful new designs for their fantastic yarns. They always follow their unique style with lots of new ideas every year. This is truly impressive.

At Pascuali, I have found some colour inspiration packs. They consist of three to four balls of one yarn quality in matching colours. There is no pattern included so they are just intended to get your creative juices flowing. Nice idea!

Over at Rowan, I found an interesting knitted sample. It is only stripes and slipped stitches, but the effect is fantastic:

Now to the last section of my summary:

Fun

Prym has developed some new gadgets. There are, e.g., tassel makers, flexible cable needles, stencils for animal pom poms, or a special pom pom maker for teeny tiny pom poms with a diameter of 3cm only. All of them were demonstrated live by @daniela_maschenkunst and @realmenknitpink:

Chiagoo now offers a set of interchangeable mini needles, going down to 1.5mm and with super short cables. How cool is that, please? Gorgeous engineering, by the way!

I also stumbled upon a wall of knitted trophies, but I forgot to note the company. Sorry!

What makes H+H Cologne so special, apart from seeing the latest trends first, is meeting up with the knitting community. Although I had very little time this year, I met so many nice people, among them @queenofwhatever, @knitting_miki, @brezelbutter, @himawari_knits, @wollnation, @_humbol_, @jetztkochtsieauchnoch, @feinmotorik.blogspot, @feierabendfrickeleien, @carosfummeley and @strickteasefrankfurt, to name only a few. I have linked their Instagram profiles because they all are quite active there and you may want to check them out. You can also find me on Instagram as @pinkzombiecrafts.

Thank you H+H Cologne for inviting me! It was a blast! See you next year!