The perfect handmade crochet hook

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Every crocheter searches the internet for the perfect crochet hook. It’s beauty, the shape, perfectly sized for your hand, not too expensive and as a bonus especially made for you.

Crochet hooks

A personalized crochet hook.

Just admit it. We all thought about it, the perfect crochet hook that makes your crocheted work stand out, is easy to work with and lies perfectly in your hand! Oh, and it needs to be a beauty of course. The eyes want something too.

A few months ago, I visited Henk in the Netherlands and let me tell you this. That perfect crochet hook might be just a click away!

His hobby is to create something beautiful out of wood, where we like to create something pretty from yarn. The point is, we, creative people, love to create. We have a passion for it and we just can’t help it.

In the end the perfect crochet hook is a tool that helps you to be better or to crochet a little longer and I don’t know which hook is going to be perfect for you. But the crochet hooks, made by Henk are definitely unique.

The perfect crochet hook

In my opinion the perfect crochet hook are several ones. First you will have your cheap one dollar (or maybe 2 dollar) crochet hook. The one that teaches you the basics and shows you to love your new hobby. I prefer metal tips, because it slides easier over the yarn. But there is nothing wrong with a wooden or plastic crochet tip. Then the second hook you will buy, okay I’ll be honest, it will probably be a set… and not the most expensive one for most people. Because all those projects need all kinds of different crochet hook sizes.

Furthermore, the third hook you will buy is one to get as a present to yourself or from somebody else. In the meantime, we collect all kinds of weird, free, expensive, luxurious crochet hooks, but we usually keep going back to number 1, 2 or 3.

Until now. The crochet hooks made by Henk are custom made, and completely adapt to your hand. I tried some when I was there and I believe I found my new crochet hook.

Crochet hook
Some of the crochet hooks I could try. They are even prettier in real life!

The process

Henk makes his crochet hooks from different types of wood, starting with a small piece of wood which is than crafted into the basic of a crochet hook. After that a tip can be added or the tip is made out of the wooden neck. But if you like a personalized crochet hook, before Henk can start you need to measure your hand. Below, I will show you the process. Henk also explains it on his website.

Measurements

Every hand is different, that’s what Henk explained to me and this means that not one single crochet hook should be same. It starts with the way you hold your hook (like a knife or like a pen). So that’s step 1.

Onto step 2: Measure how think the handle of the hook needs to be. Wrap some yarn over a stick until it feels natural. Write down these measurements. Everything is also explained on the website from Henk, including pictures for the non Dutchies over here.

Step 3 (optional): If you’re in the Netherlands you might want to visit Henk and weigh the different types of wood. I didn’t think it would matter as much and was mostly focused on colors (I love the pear color most, or the red). In the end olive felt the most natural in my hand. It won’t make a big difference so if you really, really want that color, go for it. But if you want a personalized crochet hook, try the wood first. It might surprise you.

Step 5 is to measure the length of the neck. Some crocheters like a short neck, others like it a bit longer. Every size can be personalized to your specific needs.

Step 4: Now Henk needs to get all this information in an email so he can start creating the crochet hook. Smaller tips are added in metal, bigger hook sizes (3.0mm and higher) are created from the wood.

Woodwork on Crochet hook
Three phases of making a crochet hook from a piece of wood.

Want that hook?

Before buying all the crochet hooks. Just read a bit further please. Henk invented something new and something we dreamed of for a long time. One hook to rule them all, if you’d ask me. A hook that can switch sizes! One size handle fits all tips. I was amazed by the genius but simple techy techy behind it.

This new hook is available from January!

Crochet hooks
The new crochet hook

Crochet longer

Be warned, I am not a doctor. But a personalized crochet hook may help you when your hands hurt and it becomes more difficult to crochet.  A hook should support your hand and relieve any stress or tension on the muscle. if you know someone that stopped, due to pain, you might want to try this one of a kind crochet hook. It might help you and if so, it means that more people can create, make and enjoy crocheted items and that sounds amazing, if you ask me and if you need some inspiration, just look around here.

Now I’m off to buying some new hooks and trying to decide which one I like the most. See you around!

Diana

Looking back at 2019

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Hello 2020, what kind of year will you be? In 365 days from now, we will be a year older and wiser. Things have changed. But how and what are still unclear on this second day of the new year. That’s why I will be looking back at 2019.

Therefor, I decided to look at how 2019 changed me. What are some highs and lows and what did I learn, so I won’t make the same mistakes twice or to actually do the same thing twice, if it was really good. So, let’s recapture last year.I truly believed 2019, with some hard work, would be THE year. Now, when I look back, I’m not sure what makes a year THE year. So, I adjusted my expectations for 2020 a bit. So it will feel more as THE year, I guess?

Blogging and social media

Blogging is still a little problem. Even this year it will be one of my main challenges. But now that my website changed for the better, I hope to improve and really bring some quality pieces. I also realized that having a blog every week, isn’t always good for the quality. So, I will blog once a month, with an update, about my personal life, how I feel, how crocheting is going and what kind of awesomeness is going on. I will also blog once every month about my absolute favorites (WANTED posts) as I love them and love to share other talented folks and stuff you need to put on your Wishlist.

Social media is also a point where I can develop. I don’t like to share much really as I don’t like attention. Do I make sens to you? I know I need to spread my designs and get more followers, but I find it very hard to say; Hello, look at me, look at what I’m making. I’m not that kind of person, but I need to become one.

Looking back at 2019

personal highs and lows

Work. Looking back at 2019 let me realise that if I don’t take my health serious, work isn’t going to help. No burn out, thankfully, but a wake-up call and a point I will be working on in 2020. I already improved a lot but I need to keep on reminding myself; work you sometimes have to do, but just living and enjoying yourself is always more important. Planning fun things will be on my 2020 to do list! Yeey.

One of the greatest things that happened in 2019 was designing and blogging for a Dutch magazine. I will keep on designing and blogging for them in 2020. Super busy with my latest design. I will show you as soon as it is available in stores!

Oh and how could I forget, I made the most amazing road trip with a good friend in 2019 and I would love to travel some more in 2020. But that’s just a bonus for this year!

One thing I know for sure, I can’t wait for the Olympics this year and as always, I have big dreams and I hope to realize some of them in 2020.

See you soon!

Diana

Crafting during Christmas

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It’s almost time to decorate the house here. How about yours? everything ready to go? The Holidays are always very stressful and for me, it feels like December is the fastest month in the year. Whereas January feels like the longest ever to me. The Holidays are perfect for visiting family but usually not really for your hobbies. Below you will find four tips about crafting during Christmas time.

One: Prepping

I believe prepping is key to success in life. If you prep things and be prepared, usually there is plenty of time left to get some crocheting or knitting done. Can you prepare some of the Christmas dinner the day before? Divide the work and tadaa, another hour for you

Two: Going somewhere?

If you are the lucky one to visit the family, you can try to get some creative time in the car, bus, train, airplane. Before you are too busy entertaining your nieces, nephews or someone else, you can have some extra craft time.

Gingerbread doll
Have a jolly Christmas! If you’re looking for a fun and easy crochet pattern.
This gingerbread pattern can be found on Ravelry and LoveCrochet

Three: Get up early

When everyone is still asleep you can get some precious you-time. With a hot cup of coffee or tea and if you’re lucky you see the fresh snow before anyone walks on it. For me, untouched snow equals a little bit of magic.

Four: Emergency plan

If you can’t really do all the above options. There is an emergency plan, but ONLY use it in case of an emergency. Else they will know it for next year. Hide the cheese, or something else, which is really important for the dish you’re creating. Tell everyone you are going to the store to get some! FAST of course, you are panicking a bit (practice some online acting lessons). You get your bag and the so called not-in-the-house-cheese and drive to another street. Park the car and craft away for 45 minutes (or more, if that is more realistic). When you come back, tell everyone how busy it was and why it took so long (acting again of course). Voila, you got yourself an extra hour or so of crafts.

I hope you will be crafting during Christmas. These tips may at least help you to find some time for yourself and if you need pattern inspiration, take a look around the blog.

Have a lovely Holiday and see you in 2020,

Diana

Textiel museum TIlburg

Exploring the textile museum in Tilburg

Event

Like I said before, this blog is not only about crochet. Although that is the main part for now as it’s the one technique I know the best. But I am exploring the Horizon and boy how divers threads can be used. This time I was very busy exploring the textile museum in Tilburg.

Two weeks ago, I visited the textile museum . A museum about all kinds of crafts.

Textiel museum Tilburg, weefgetouwen
The history of textile, before the factories people worked on smaller machines to weave fabric. The whole family worked together to create this.

Tilburg

The history of Tilburg and textile are closely related. Now Tilburg is a modern city where mostly students study and non-students can shop. Before that, Tilburg was a very important city in creating all sorts of textile and in the beginning, people worked from their homes to create beautiful textiles. later on, big factories where build and when the steam engine was invented the factories became even bigger. Nowadays only the textile museum holds the history of this amazing city and shows the relationship between Tilburg and textile.

What to expect

For me, it was the first time Textile museum and I really thought it was bigger. So, if you want to go, combine it with a day in Tilburg or plan something extra. You need around 2 hours to see everything and you will have plenty of time to do something everything.

When you go exploring the the Textile museum in Tilburg, check the website first to see what kind of special displays they have. Maybe you would like to see a specific designer or artist or you don’t like the designs or artists that are currently displayed. Plan your trip so you will see something that is interesting to you.

Textielmuseum Tilburg
Yarn and so many different colors

What to do

So, you also wonder what you can do at the textile museum. You can see some of the machines working and making new designs for famous or less famous artists and designers. The history of yarn can be seen. They have a massive library.

For kids there are some fun things to do too. They can make their own Pom Pom’s or do some French knitting.

If you’re not living nearby there is a possibility to eat and drink something (and it is really tasty).

There are two shops, one located in the museum the other one just outside of the museum. In the shops you can buy some cool stuff to take with you but the shop outside of the museum is only open at certain times and days, so check those too, if you’d like to see it.

Textielmuseum Tilburg
I want all the blankies!

Exploring the textile museum in Tilburg was a fun experience and in the future I will be back someday. I’ve had lot’s of fun and went home with a lot of new inspiration, new color ideas and structures to use in the future.

Let me know if you went to (a) Textile museum before and what you experienced. I’d love to here it. Want some more inspiration? Look around a bit more aroung on my website.

Cheers, Diana

Crochet and make a child happy

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This year, the Knit & Knot event and Aan de Haak (both Dutch crochet related stuff, which I will definitely talk more about in the future), have joint forces to create a crocheted Christmas tree for the Child hospital in Amsterdam. Crochet an ornament and make a child happy.

I always like it when handicraft can be used for a good cause and this is no exception. The one rule: crochet anything that fits in a tree.

The cause

Make a child happy

Because I am a blogger for Aan de Haak, I got a message if I wanted to use my personal channels, to share this cause and spread the word. Being able to make some happy with yarn is my personal life goal, so I absolutely love this and will support. How? Well by designing of course. In my project page but also below this blogpost, you will find a free pattern of a heart. Make sure to have all the hearts finished and send before the 20th of October or bring them to the Knit and Knot in Tilburg!

I chose to design a heart with some glitter on it as Love and Family is the most important in life. Mine is a bit girly but if you make it green or blue and add some other glitter colors, I think all kids will find a favorite.

If I didn’t convince you yet, then here is another reason to participate: Make all the hearts from your left overs (this project is perfect for it), send them to the below address, ask new yarn for Christmas! I think that’s a win-win for everyone!

Aan de Haak, t.a.v. Christmas give away tree
Maanlander 14H
3824 MP Amersfoort

Spread some love, free heart crochet pattern
Spread some love and cheer a kid up with this heart shaped amigurumi

Do you want more information? check it here.
Let’s amaze these kids with some gorgeous crocheted ornaments this year (or knitted, if you can’t crochet) and make a child happy.

Heart pattern (FREE)

Click here to go to the pattern!

Cheers, Diana

A world of fluff

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Hello you, now that I have your attention. This is my first blog about stuff that has something to do with fluff.

Several generation in my family have knitted or crossed stitched in the past and only a couple of years ago, I learned myself how to crochet something. After a while I realized that people still think it’s old fashioned and find it boring.

But the opposite is true and if you trust me, I will proof it by creating a world where anything can be created using fibers and amaze you from time to time.

Now back to the drawing boards to create the first posts and projects

See you soon, Diana