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Nell Merionwen



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Location: Beautiful Derbyshire
PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 12 8:18 pm    Post subject: Aluminium crochet hooks  Reply with quote    

I've used bamboo and plastic.
How do people get on with the aluminium ones?

sally_in_wales
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 12 8:25 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've got some from I think the 50s or 60s, I don't care for them much, they feel insubstantially light and a bit stciky on the yarn, but it could just be the ones I have being a bit aged now

earthyvirgo



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PostPosted: Fri Jan 13, 12 8:27 pm    Post subject: Re: Aluminium crochet hooks Reply with quote    

Nell Merionwen wrote:
I've used bamboo and plastic.
How do people get on with the aluminium ones?


Quite slippery.

I've just been using one to make a scalloped edge on a knitted hemp washcloth ...but I've only ever used aluminium (although, I have a vague recollection of a little pink plastic one I used when I learnt to crochet), so I haven't really got anything to compare with.

EV

Nicky Colour it green



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Location: Devon, uk
PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 12 12:19 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

metal is ok, but i prefer wood

Bulgarianlily



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 12 7:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I use them as they are the only ones I can buy here, but bone is somehow more 'alive' in your hand. I dislike wood.

madcat



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 12 8:14 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have some and find them ok,I polished some aluminium needles with toothpaste cos they were a bit snaggy and they seem much improved.

Nell Merionwen



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PostPosted: Sat Jan 14, 12 8:16 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I have misplaced all of my hooks except one. I have bought a whole new set in aluminium. They were on sale

madcat



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 12 12:43 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Wheres the best place to buy them,I have only got a few odd ones mostly small sizes.

Nell Merionwen



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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 12 12:46 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I got mine from amazon

alison
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 16, 12 2:41 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

madcat wrote:
Wheres the best place to buy them,I have only got a few odd ones mostly small sizes.


charity shop!

madcat



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PostPosted: Wed Jan 18, 12 8:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote    

funny enough I never found any sizes i don't already have when searching through the charity shops but I have got some nice short dps and some handy short needles for knitting from them.I like the old patterns as well.

MullersLaneFarm



Joined: 28 Jan 2012
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Location: Illinois, USA
PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 12 2:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

It seems in my area that the fiber arts is taking an upswing and it is hard to find knitting needles, crochet hooks, yarn or even wool sweaters in thrift stores (i.e. 2nd hand stores or what all y'all call charity shops).

I have more aluminum hooks than anything else (bone, wood, steel, plastic) and love them to death. Have have some Boye hooks that were my grandmothers (from the 1960's). I even have one of my Great-grandmother's steel hooks ... a size 16 !!! She used size 30 thread for a huge crocheted table cloth (It fits my kitchen table that is over 8' long and 3.5' across ... um ... about 2.4 meters by 1.1 meters)

Interesting, rubbing toothpaste on the hooks. Never heard of that before.

On wooden hooks (or knitting needles) I rub with a very, very fine steel wool, then finish with wax paper. For bone hooks/needles, I just use a very, very fine steel wool. (My DH has made me hooks/needles from the leg bone of our first milk cow. Soon he'll be making some from my hinney (like a mule, but parentage crossed) who passed last month. My hinney was about 40 years old! Almost as old as I was!!!

AnnaD



Joined: 12 Jun 2007
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Location: Edinburgh
PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 12 9:11 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

Did you get the coloured ones from Amazon? That's what I have

Haze



Joined: 24 May 2011
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Location: South Wales
PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 12 9:42 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

I've only got aluminim hooks, so can't compare them really.
Always wanted the coloured hooks but my mum bought me a complete set of the usual grey ones so I can't really justify buying new ones!

MullersLaneFarm



Joined: 28 Jan 2012
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Location: Illinois, USA
PostPosted: Sun Jan 29, 12 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote    

In the UK, all the aluminum hooks are grey???

Wow! The only grey aluminum hook I have in my collection is a size G (4 mm) made in the USA by HERO. The rest of my aluminum hooks are made by Boyle and are all colored.

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