Hollands handwerkgeluk, a unique yarnbox

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Zoals sommige misschien al gezien hebben, heb ik gister een pakketje ontvangen waar ik al een tijdje op zat te wachten. Siets van Siets aan de maak is het initiatief Hollands handwerkgeluk begonnen en waar ik normaal nee zeg tegen project boxen of haak boxen zei ik tegen deze JA! Even voor de duidelijkheid, deze box heb ik zelf aangeschaft. Waarom heb ik deze dan wel aangeschaft en die andere niet? Dat is voor mij heel simpel, hier zit geen patroon bij en wordt er stil gestaan bij Nederlandse indie dyers.

Hollands handwerkgeluk

Kleine strengen van bekende en minder bekende indie dyers in je brievenbus. Dit moest ik proberen. De strengen die ik op beurzen of in winkels zie zijn altijd prachtig, maar net wat te groot voor mij. Voor een knuffel heb je namelijk niet zoveel garen nodig en zo een streng heeft vaak nogal wat meters…

De inhoud van Hollands handwerkgeluk

De verpakking is nog erg groot en de inhoud viel zeker niet tegen. In deze box van oktober zitten 7 strengen gemaakt door Crealien Design, een cadeautje van studio woord en draad en een leuke creatieve kaart waarop de passie voor handwerken mooi wordt weergegeven van the purple lady. Natuurlijk heb ik foto’s gemaakt om de inhoud met jullie te delen!

Hollands handwerkgeluk

Elke streng in het pakket heeft een andere kleur en twee hebben er glitters! Dit pakketje geeft een mooi beeld van de indie dyer, in dit geval Crealien Design en wat voor een opties je in hun webshop kunt vinden. Vraag je je nu af wat een indie dyer is, dat zijn creatievelingen die garen verven met bepaalde effecten of kleuren, vaak in kleine oplages en elke streng is uniek.

Ideetjes

Maar de grote vraag is natuurlijk, wat doe je met deze kleine strengen? Allereerst kun je ze gewoon ergens neerleggen of ophangen en ernaar kijken. Maar het is natuurlijk leuker om er iets mee te maken. Denk aan een mok warmer, een klein cadeautje, een kleine decoratie of sleutelhanger.

Ik heb in ieder geval weer genoeg inspiratie en ga vlug een patroontje verzinnen voor deze strengen. Hopelijk kan ik het eindresultaat snel met jullie delen. Heb je nog een leuk idee voor een ontwerp, laat een berichtje achter en misschien zie je jouw idee wel terug!

Groetjes,

Diana

English version

As some might have seen on my Instagram, yesterday I received a parcel of Hollands handwerkgeluk, A Dutch initiative created by Siets. Siets wanted to share more of our Dutch indie dyers and that is how Hollands Handwerkgeluk started 2 months ago. Normally I say no to mystery or project boxes. But to this one I said yes and the main reason for that was, there is no pattern, so your imagination is the only limit to this box. In addition, I also liked to help small business owners, especially in these times. The yarn that I usually see in shops or fairs is incredibly beautiful but usually has a lot of meters. For me it is quite difficult to make such a big project from only one colorway.

Hollands handwerkgeluk
The different colors of the October box

Content of Hollands handwerkgeluk

The outer package already promised something beautiful. This edition contained 7 strains, each had a different color. Two even have sparkles in it. The total color scheme gives a very good idea of what to expect from this indie dyer, which was…. Crealien Design. Larger skeins can be found in the webshop, so click the link if you’re curious. A small present containing 2 stitch markers and a cute little tin can was added by studio woord en draad and The Purple Lady made an amazing drawing, capturing the beauty of handmade and crafts.

Creative ideas

But the big question is of course, what are you going to make from these smaller skeins? Well, you can thing of a mug cozy, a key chain, a small present or something decorative. I am going to add these skeins into my designs, and I hope I am able to share the end result(s) soon with you!

Do you have any suggestions for new designs? Leave them in the comments below.

See you around,

Diana

The perfect handmade crochet hook

Uncategorized, WANTED

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