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A Shining Star in the Crochet World

I love to crochet. Before I had kids, I crocheted almost as much as I read books. (Hard to do both at the same time though…) I tried knitting, but I guess my brain can only follow one hook (or needle) at a time. 🙂

The other day, I had about an hour to kill between getting a throat culture and picking up the kids from school, so I hit the local craft store for some yarn. I found what I was looking for almost immediately, including a pattern! 50 minutes left to kill, so I figured I’d buy a hook as well so I could go ahead and start on my blanket. (Since I’m always in the middle of about 20 different projects, and I like keeping the right size hook with said project, I can never have too many…) Except…all of the size I needed were GONE. In every brand on the rack! Grrr.

So I wandered around a  bit looking at the end caps and a new hook caught my eye. THERE was the size I needed… only … it looks a little funny (and colorful!)

I picked it up and got excited…The Widget Crochet Lite has an acrylic (“normal”) hook, but it lights up! The handle has batteries and a switch…so it’s larger than normal, but it also has a “grippy” on it. And did I mention a light?? I can crochet in the DARK!!

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Now, you’re thinking, “Why on Earth would you crochet in the dark??” right? I’ll tell you why… And it’s not just because my Great Granny Mac used to crochet at the movie theater (I still don’t know how she did that!) … it’s for all of those long trips we take to Vermont! I usually have to stop crocheting once I realize that I’ve been squinting for the past half hour and have to rip out the last row of stitches.

It’s PERFECT!! I used it on the way home one evening last week, and the light didn’t bother Mike while he was driving at all. Woot!

Oh – and an added (HUGE) bonus? Since the handle is about twice the size of a “normal” hook, my hand doesn’t cramp any more!! (Yes, I’m fully aware that I’m getting old. Shoosh. 😉 )

I think I’m in love. And I’m SO going back for more sizes.

Want one of your own? Leave me a comment with your favorite thing to crochet. (My favorite is afghans since they’re incredibly forgiving), and the size hook you use most often. A link to a favorite project (only if you can do it legally!) will get you another entry. Random.org will choose one winner in a week (so comment by Midnight, Monday, December 14th if you want a chance). I’ll announce the winner on Tuesday the 15th.

No one sent me this product to review, I bought it on my own…as I will buy the winner their own … in the size they want.

Fx4: For the Birds

Candid Carrie sponsors this one – head over to her blog and find LOTS of links for bloggers who’ve joined in! (You can join in too!)

Last week, Marjorie got it into her head that she wanted to build a birdhouse. So we headed to A.C. Moore and found a nice (easy) kit for her and Daddy to put together.

Painting, of course, was a necessity.

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5 Things Friday

Join Cat in her 5 Things Friday!

5 Things you might or might not know about
Crafts I Miss:

(I say “Miss” because I haven’t been able to do any of them for quite some time.)

  1. Crocheting. I taught myself how to crochet in college after basic lessons from my mom when I was still in grade school. (She taught me how to do a granny square 🙂 ) It’s one of my favorite crafts to do!
  2. Cross-Stitch. The counted kind. It’s probably a good thing I haven’t done this one in a while…it had started to hurt my wrists.
  3. Scrap booking. I believe that my scrap book is forever stuck half way through my honeymoon…
  4. Quilting. Okay, so I’ve really only done one quilt. And I haven’t even finished that one yet (*blush*) It was only started…oh, 6 years ago or so!
  5. Tatting. Okay, so I don’t actually know HOW to tat, but I had just started to teach myself how to do it after finding my Grandfather’s shuttle when life happened. (It’s HARD!!)

There’s talk of getting a Stitch ‘n B*tch “club” together at some point…I gotta get off my hiney and start that up! (I learned so much from the last one I belonged to – that’s where I started my quilt!)