If you crochet, and especially if you crochet with thread or fine lace, you need at least one Tulip Crochet hook. The handle is cushioned, sort of like those chunky, easy to hold pencils.
While crocheting the Wrapped In Lace shawl, my finger got extremely sore from the writing on the hook I was using. Why do they put the size information on the very spot where your finger is going to be holding onto the hook? Then I remembered my Tulip crochet hook that I had bought at my local craft store on Small Business Saturday in 2012. It was rather expensive, but I was having some hand issues at the time and thought the cushioning might be helpful, and I was right! Unfortunately, the size I had bought at the time was not the size I needed now. But lo and behold, my local craft store, Crafted Luxuries, had the right size and I picked this one up earlier this month to work on Kat’s second Wrapped in Lace shawl.
I will be acquiring a complete set of these, one hook at a time as needed.
Saturday I took a two-hour Beginning Beading class to learn how to make a beaded necklace and earrings set. The teacher provided all the supplies we needed (clasps, wire, fill-in beads, tools, etc.) and all we needed to bring was our own beads. I wasn’t exactly sure what was needed, so I waited until the instructor came in to ask what type of beads would be needed, and then purchased mine from Crafted Luxuries, the craft store where the class was held. I had a particular outfit in mind that I wanted to make the necklace for, so it took a little while to pick out what I thought would work together. I chose some green beads that looked similar to jade and then some simple white beads. I was very pleased with the results.
I had such fun! I told Bill later that day that I wasn’t sure if this class had just saved him a lot of money or cost him a lot of money. He seemed pretty sure it would be that latter choice. He’s probably right! I have so many ideas! I will need tools and supplies and beads and … Oh my!