ME. After a whole bunch of end of school craziness, I’m finally back, crafting, and businessing. On Sunday I went to my good friend Annie’s house and we did a sweet photo shoot of 22 crochet hooks and some honey dippers.
I’ll post the group photos here of both hooks and dippers but you’ll have to check out Furls for the individual shots.
So these beauts made of live oak, water oak, and redbud (from left to right) and are made to the same exacting standards of super smoothness and food and organic friendliness as usual. The REALLY exciting thing about these dippers is that they come from a wonderful wood vendor in Katy, Texas who practices sustainable collecting of naturally fallen trees. SO THESE PUPPIES ARE RECLAIMED AND UPCYCLED, which always makes me feel good. On the other hand, these crochet hooks come from a variety of exotic and tropical locations.
We got some Ebony from Gabon, Cocobolo from Mexico, Tulipwood from Brazil, Black and White Ebony from Laos, and Cherry Burl from Northwest USA. These guys have obviously been keeping me busy for quite some time, but I’m able now to rocket out quite a few in a day.
Since I was worried about making so many crochet hooks from tropical woods, which I know are a VERY finite resource, I wanted to make this process resource-positive. So for every crochet hook that is purchased, we donate money to ensure the planting of one tree in a tropical rainforest in Southeast-Asia. Since one hook uses much less wood than one tree, this should be very good for strengthening our global environment! (which makes me happy)
They come in quite a variety of shapes and sizes, from 3.5mm to 8mm hooks and from 4.25” to 5.5” long and, as Annie captured, the range of colors is wonderful! The idea behind the design is that conventional crochet hooks cause quite a bit of wrist stress and hand tensions BECAUSE the bodies are so thing that you have to over flex the muscles and tendons that control your upper knuckles. Hence the chubby teardrop shape of these curvaceous bodies, which allow your hand to grasp comfortably without over-flexion. Also, the ornamentation on the tail is designed to allow a resting place for the pinky and ring finger, which on a conventional hook often are left “hanging loose” and can cause knuckle stiffness.
All of these have been posted up here and are ready for shipping! SPEAKING OF, I finally have to time to mail a crochet hook to a very good friend of mine DAINTYLOOPS. I’m hoping that she likes it and hope to be posting again soon! (All photos by Annie Melton)
The past few weeks have been really hectic with two family deaths and preparing for an enormous move this summer, but I’m back on my feet (for now :D) and making more spoons. Believe it or not, this post isn’t actually going to be about spoons because I’m waiting for my camera battery to charge before I take any pictures of the five that I did this week. I’m finally getting to a good working pace and I chopped a whole bunch of really good blanks this weekend.
In other news, I’m really happy with what’s been happening on etsy lately. I’ve made it to the front page several times this week because of the awesome new group I joined called Beautiful Home. It’s a wonderful little team focused on professional quality home decor and I absolutely love it. Here’s to more views :D
In other other news, I’ve been marathoning some crochet hooks recently (as well as spoons) so pictures?
Yes. I recently ordered some very nice native Texas woods and gave them a spin. Most of them turn excellently and I’ve recently started stropping all my tools, so woodturning has definitely become more enjoyable.
I’m pretty sure most of these are going to make it to Furls, but at least one is going to be gifted to my girlfriend. The one above, made out of Texas Ebony, is definitely one of my favorites and I find it nicer to turn than Nigerian or Malagasy Ebony because it is just not as brittle.
They are all about 5.5” in length of varying hook sizes and, I think, they feel wonderful in the hand. They’ve all been sanded down to a silky smoothness and been finished with organic, handsafe, and baby safe beeswax. Anyway, more pics to come and esp more pics of spoons to come. Hooks here
OH AND A PICTURE OF ONE THAT I TURNED LAST WEEK AND THAT I SOLD TO A WONDERFUL CROCHETER SOMEWHERE. The wood is pecan and it’s 5” long.
Oh yes, the sweet comfort of domestic hardwoods. This little guy was rescued from an enormous hackberry log that was felled on a construction site a couple months ago.
He’s been repurposed as a teeny but resilient workhorse; despite his small stature and gentile appearance he can scoop the toughest of grains and most frozen ice cream (imagine the love child of a Mini Cooper and a Ford F-350).
I had a lot of fun carving this guy. Since he’s so small it only took a little while and with the extra time I added a little tail ornament and some engraving on the top. Why a “T” I don’t know, but if you’ve recently had a baby named Terrence, this spoon has his name on it (GET IT?>?>?).
I don’t know if I’ll put this spoon up for sale, since he has a few very light splits near the bowl, but they are really only aesthetic (no structural damage, pu-lease). Enjoy!
So I promised pictures of the finished spoons on Saturday, and I am not one to disappoint. This week is pretty hectic though, what with easter parties coming up, so I couldn’t post last night BUT SCREW IT TWO-FUR-TUESDAY WOOT
I’m not gonna lie, these spoons are silky smooth. They just dive right through amaretto almond crunch like red hot holy excaliburs in buttery dragons.
It is not my complete intention to distract you with semipornographic ice cream pictures, so let’s talk about the facts. These here spoons are made of holly (just like harry potter’s wand) and elm (the elm has the dark spot and deeper bowl). Carving in holly and elm is a lovely experience; both woods are fairly easy to cut but leave beautiful surfaces (barely any chip out even rough carving) and show some gorgeous grain). What’s even more wonderful is both of these pieces of wood are reclaimed. That’s right, saved from the abysmal pits of my local landfill these spoons are 1000% eco-friendly (seriously, 1000%). They are both sanded to super softness and finished with organic soybean and olive oil so they are safe to any mouth, any where.
I’m thinking that I just might put these spoons up for sale on my etsy, but we’ll see. What is exciting is the wealth of new wood that arrived yesterday. I already started on a piece of european pearwood and MY OH MY is it wonderful. Pictures of that this weekend after a post about the other holly spoon sometime later this week.