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Crochet Hook Hair Sticks…

Well, it’s the time of year that I itch most to be crafting somehow.  Normally I’d be doing shows.  However, I have been too busy this year to be able to consider shows.

You might be wondering why.  After all, shows make money, right?  But the truth is, there can be a lot of moving parts at times.  You need sales inventory, materials, time to make your inventory, time to price, setup and sell, time to pack up and go home.  Not to mention wrangling scheduling conflicts with your growing kids’ responsibilities and last-minute school demands.  And not to mention that most of the [good] winter shows require applications mid-summer.

There are a lot of moving parts to doing shows, even when they are lucrative. 

And it’s best when you have a lot of sales inventory to sell.  With an art like crochet, the last fiber art left that cannot be replicated by a machine, two hands will only make so much, so fast.  Usually I’m banking my creations all year for the holiday season.  Meaning I have to have time to sit and make throughout the year, not at the last minute.  And sometimes shows are simply a bust.  You never know.  So you need to be ready for multiple shows to do OK.

This past year, it’s just been best to hock my digital skills and not worry about regular making sessions.  Just sell my articles, sell my graphic knowledge, sell my social media and ad-copy skills.  There’s no overhead in any of that.  No displays to figure out.  No truck to pack.  No tables to haul, or inventory to keep.  Just my mad brainy skills.  Even less waiting for payment in some cases. Although sometimes there’s more drama.  Let’s face it, a pair of mittens don’t often talk back to you. There’s a method to my madness this year, but more on that later.

The fact is, I love to make things.  And I can’t do brainy stuff non-stop without going crazy.  I need my creative outlets to stay sane.

Crochet Hook Hair Sticks - Made By Aberrant Crochet 2One of my outlets is carving crochet hooks

And while I have a couple of ideas I’m dying to try soon on some real hooks, I’m also planning to do some crochet hook hair sticks.  Like these.  Because they’re handy and fun.  I’m always using them to get my hair out of my face.

Before you think, “Oh – you mean use crochet hooks as hair sticks!” – I actually don’t.

Some of these hook shapes will be nice and light-weight and excellent as hair sticks.  But they will not be strong enough to actually hook a real project. The hair sticks I make from bamboo are particularly not hook-worthy.  They’re only pretty.  And they are hard to get a hook shape out of in the first place.

Quality crochet hooks have to be more carefully engineered than hair sticks. 

It’s just a fact.  They have to be more carefully engineered than knitting needles too.  Really good crochet hooks require way more time and way more attention to detail.  Because you have to be able to hook something with them.  Again and again and again.

For. Like. Ever.

Crochet Hook Hair Sticks - Made By Aberrant Crochet 1

See the little hair stick? That’s made of bamboo. It’ll hold hair great. Super light weight. But it would quickly snap if you tried to hook with it. I even had to alter the head a bit just to keep it as strong as it is. No longer an ideal crochet hook head shape.

You must use good materials that are capable of forming a strong hook head, with a proper shape.  A hook at the end of a stick is not enough to make a good crochet hook.  If the wood does not allow you to shape the head properly, then you won’t have a good hook.  Period.  And your end product needs to be able to withstand the torque necessary for the act of regular crocheting.  Otherwise a few stitches in, and that hook head or lip will snap or sheer or chip right off.

And everyone wants their crochet hooks to last longer than that.

But hair sticks do not require the same amount of strength.  They just need to hold hair and look pretty.  Hence the difference between real crochet hooks, and hair-stick wannabees.

Could you crochet with my crochet hook shaped hair sticks?

Some of them, yes they’ll hold up for awhile.  Others, perhaps and maybe not.

Crochet Hook Hair Sticks - Made By Aberrant Crochet 3

Btw, that’s paint in mah hair.

Here’s the deal.

I won’t call something I’ve made a “crochet hook,” unless I stand behind the quality put into it as a tool – to be able to do the job of crochet.  With the right shape and the right strength.

And if I call it a “hair stick,” even if it is crochet hook shaped, it means I’m not comfortable with its strength enough to call it a crochet tool.  And I doubt it’ll stand up to my durability standards for regular hooking use.

So stay tuned.
Let’s see what I get done.


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Ergonomics In Crochet Hook Design And The Hands That Use Them

Yep, working on some surprises for ya!  Oh, I haven’t forgotten our series of crochet hook design discussions, it’s just taking longer than I’d like.  It’s taken me a few days to complete this one, but here it is.  Let’s just say my new camera birthday present hasn’t been as user friendly as I would like. 

Anyway, check out the video, let me know what you think, add to the discussion and stay tuned for supplemental articles later this week.  :)

Catch ya on the up-swing! ;)


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Bidding Begins NOW For Mrs. Maplesworth – Crochet Hook Challenge

Shout Outs!

So it’s been a busy week, but check it out!  My Crochet Hook Challenge was featured on The Moogly Bog! Thanks much to Tamara for the feature of my video on Engineering a Crochet Hook.  Check out her great article on Making Your Own Crochet HooksJimbo and I are both mentioned.  The Moogly Blog features a lot of patterns and wonderful articles for both knitting and crochet.

Also thanks to Kathryn Vercillo for featuring my Crochet Rumination article about “The Shape Of Crochet Hooks” in her most recent edition of Crochet Link Love on Crochet Concupiscence.   Kathryn writes extensively about the latest happenings in crochet.  So if you consider yourself a serious fan of crochet and you’re not yet on her subscribers list, or following her on Twitter, well then you should be.  She will get you in touch with more crocheters and crochet related news than any other one stop shop outside The Crochet Liberation Front.  And y’all know my love for the CLF, so check Kathryn’s blog out!

Mrs. Maplesworth Is Done!

And it’s time to share details and put her up for bid.  Bidding begins at $5 with free shipping!  You have nothing to lose, so thanks for your bid! (See bidding details below.)

To recap, here’s the first video introducing Mrs. Maplesworth’s design:

Here are some closeups of this particular design.  Note the angle of the throat to where it drops back for the bowl.

And here is the latest video showing off her polish!  That shine comes from an hour and a half’s work just polishing alone.  This hooks is unfinished, as I did not seal it with anything, but it is super slick, and super highly polished by hand, which imparts its own kind of protection.

Silent Auction Bidding – How This Works:

If you’re new here, please read the previous posts about my crochet hook challenge and subscribe to my blog.  It’ll be a lot easier to stay on top of things that way! :)

Please email your bids ($5 increments) to Worx@PixieWorx.net with “crochet hook auction” in the subject line. The auction will run from now until Thursday November 1st, ending at 11:59 pm Central Time. This will allow me a chance to get your hook in the mail before the end of the week.  Any tied bids will be settled in favor of the earlier entry.  I am including free shipping for this auction within the US.  If you are international, I’ll pay what it would have been for shipping in the US if you’ll pay the difference.  Payment accepted by Paypal.  Let me know if you have any questions!


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What Gripes Me (Crochet Hook Shapes) – Crochet Ruminations

The inconsistency of the shaft and work space issue is exactly what gripes me about many hooks being sold on the market today, and it’s present in wood hooks as well a metal. When I give lectures/demos about hooks, I talk about this. That widening of the shaft causes a lack of consistency in the stitch loops, which besides causing strain on your hand, also causes changes to your stitch appearance.

I don’t know why this is happening in hook-making today, but I suspect it has to do with the time involved in making the hooks and in the case of metal hooks, strength. (And perhaps lack of knowledge?) So many of the older hooks I find are just better made. The quality of the metal is better. My favorites metal hooks have hand-machined and cut heads. The shafts are strong and they will flex, not snap or permanently bend like modern hooks will.

And you know what it reminds me of? How good knives and swords are made.  Good knives and swords are strong and will flex with pressure, but not break. And especially in miniature crochet, we put a lot of torque on those hooks.

Perhaps part of all this points to the possibility that metalsmithing and true metallurgical knowledge is not what really goes into our metal tools anymore?  

What about you?  I’m intrigued to know.  What quirks do you notice about crochet tools that get under your skin? And what can we do about it?


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Meet Mrs. Maplesworth! – Crochet Hook Challenge

Meet Mrs. Maplesworth – aka A Technical Discussion About Using Dowels To Make Crochet Hooks


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Crochet Hook Engineering – Types of Tools – Crochet Hook Challenge

The first silent auction for Grandmother Tree’s crochet hook (the first of my challenge series) is already underway.  You can check out the final photos and view the bidding here.

I’ve been working on a new hook this week to be released for next, but I haven’t had a lot of time to take photos and blog about it.  I’ve found myself calling her “Mrs. Mapleworths.” :)  I’ll let you guess on the reason.  Stay tuned for her story coming soon!

But since we’ve talked a bit about crochet shape and anatomy, I thought I’d show you a video I made about one of the features I like to engineer into my hooks sometimes.  It’s a smooth slanted end that makes a great tool for picking out stitches that I want to work with.  Sometimes I find that the actual hook of a crochet tool is itself not always conducive to isolating a part of a completed crochet stitch I want to put another stitch into.  Hooks are great for creating stitches, but not always the best tool for isolating loops after the stitch/fabric has been created.  Sometimes I don’t want to use a whole “bar” to put a stitch into, I want to use only part of that bar.  (It does create a different look.)  For that reason, I sometimes use this slanted end feature to help isolate a loop I want to use without distorting the rest of the crochet fabric around it.  It’s an easier way to do what I want, without disturbing the structure I’ve already created.

So check it out and see what you think!  If you find it interesting – please share!

Are you aware of other discussions about crochet hook engineering or do you personally have comments on designs you wish you had in a tool?  Please let me know!


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It’s Broken… :(


One of my favorite hooks, made by WoodByC. Its handle is made from lapis and petrified burl, complete with a tiny quartz crystal that formed in one of the cracks in the burl. (sigh) Someone sat on it at a show.  And I don’t work with stone and wood fusions. I misplaced one of the pieces for awhile. Hopefully I can get it mailed to her now and see if she can repair it.

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Eastside Knit Night – Nov. 16 for E.A.S.T.

You will find me here teaching crochet and talking about crochet hook design. Might even demo making crochet hooks out of chop sticks.

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