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Beautiful interchangeable crochet hooks

The PIP and I have decided to put some focus on my Etsy store, which has been empty for years now. So we’re going to build up inventory, starting with crocheted items by me, and woodwork items that he makes–and he’s very good. We won’t get the store going until we have more than one or two items to put in it, so it’ll be awhile!

That being said, I do have to rave about these crochet hooks I bought from Toplyfiberarts  not too long ago. Yep, same place I got the dragon loom. This set is gorgeous, and easy on the hands. I’ve had them for a little while now, and hadn’t used them because, well, weaving. But I already had a C2C blanket started a few months back, and if I’m going to get the store running, well, it’s time to get back to that project, yeah? So as hard as it is not to weave right now, I steeled myself and went back to the blanket, using these hooks, and wow. Changing the hooks out is easy as pie. As you can see, the set comes with six hooks, sizes C through H, with five stored in the case, and one stored in the handle itself. The box is very sturdy cardboard, I think, and the flap is magnetized to keep it closed.

I’m a little weird, in that I’ve always crocheted with my fingers right up on the hook, so I’m teaching myself to work with my hands farther back, where they should be and never are. Breaking long-time habits is difficult, to say the least. But there would be no point to the handle if I crochet the way I normally do! I only wish more sizes were available!

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It seems that the dragon loom and I have finally come to an agreement. I have a system now that helps me keep better track of where I am in the pattern. It seems kind of obvious in hindsight, but it took me awhile to realize the way the pattern worked, because I wasn’t looking for it. I was simply following the directions by rote, not really paying attention to it. Once I did see it, though, it was easy to work with. The pattern sequence is 8 turns of the tablets, made a bit more complex by the fact that I’m actually working with five packs of tablets, and they go in two different directions for half the sequence, and in the same direction for the other half, but it’s two consecutive picks for each turn. So I started counting off each pick, one and two, change direction, one and two, change direction, etc. That wasn’t working, because while yes, the two picks were identical, the next two weren’t, and carried the same numbers, so I was still losing my place. I had to count them off as one through eight, and once I started doing that, everything flowed much better. If I’m in pick five, I know exactly which direction the cards are turning, and therefore which way I need to turn them next in order to continue the weave, or to unweave in case of a mistake. It has been much easier!

Aneira is doing well with therapy, and she and I talk each night at bedtime about how her day went, rating everything on a scale of one to ten. Lots of hugs and kisses are given, along with lots of “I love you”. There are those who would say that all the repetition of those words devalues them, but my personal belief is that your kids can never hear them too often. Kids too easily fall into the habit of believing that their parents hate them. Not only that, but there’s also the fact that anything can happen during the course of a day, and sometimes whatever happens can mean that you never have the opportunity to say those words to that person again. So I say them as often as I can, to make sure the girls know how much I love them. So far, I’ve been lucky, and both of them are still tightly bonded to me. I don’t know how much longer that will last; Aneira will be thirteen in a couple of months!

Valkyrie is rapidly becoming the queen terror of the house. It’s a good thing I’d bought a whole bunch of Clorox wipes at Costco, because they’re getting a lot of use as we work on potty training. She and Vanir are very close, but the old man, Thor, still wants nothing to do with this little upstart. And she’s way too smart for her own good: she has already figured out that doorknobs are what allow one to open the door and escape a room. I have watched her working on them, and she’s going to get it right sooner rather than later! She stands on her hind legs, takes the doorknob in her mouth and tries to twist it. If she had opposable thumbs, I’d be in deep trouble already!

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