This is the biggest crochet hook I've ever made! It's an absolute monster for some seriously chunky rug-making. It's made from some beautifully patterned spalted Sycamore wood that was brought to me by my dog during one of our walks in the Dean Plantation woodland near Dunfermline, Fife. I noticed that a lot of the sticks she was picking up were interesting bits of seasoned wood and every time she brought me a good one I kept it. She wasn't impressed.
Spalting is the term used for various patterns and discolourations that are produced in wood by various different types of fungus. Because the wood has been dried and oiled the fungus is no longer active. This piece has fantastic squiggly black lines running all through it- hard to believe they were drawn by a fungus!
This hook is lovely and smooth, rounded and hefty and a pleasure to hold in the hand. It's designed for crocheting with strips of fabric and with it you can recycle your old clothes and bedsheets etc. into thick rugs and mats with satisfyingly huge stitches! I have been an avid crocheter for decades and the design of my hooks has evolved over the years into one with a long pointed tip for easier penetration of stitches, a deep gap for holding bulky yarn/fabric strips, and an overall silky smoothness for easier crocheting.
Overall length: 8 1/2" Approx. diameter of head: 37mm
This piece has been finished with natural oil, giving it a deep rich colour and a satiny finish. I recommend oiling it every couple of weeks or so to repel water and keep the wood clean and in good condition. Simply wipe an oil of your choice (I use olive oil, but other vegetable and nut oils and even baby oil are fine) over the surfaces of the piece, leave it to soak in for ten minutes then wipe off thoroughly with a clean, dry cloth. This will protect the wood and remove any buildup of dirt and oils from your hair and from handling. Never use water or soap to clean oiled wood. The oil will repel water well enough to protect the wood from the odd splash, but soaking in water or using soap or detergents may damage the finish. If your hair toy gets wet, dry it with absorbent paper or a towel and leave it to dry somewhere cool. A nail buffer ( the ones designed for shining the surface of nails, not a nail file) will smooth down any raised grain. Never expose wood to extreme heat, such as leaving it on top of a radiator or in front of a heater, and always store it somewhere dry.
Shipping: Within the UK, I post first class. With this and standard international shipping all packages are insured up to £20. For tracking and full insurance other shipping options are provided.
From a customer review, 30 Oct 2015 (see reviews): "The hook is beautifully made & comes in its own crocheted-to-fit pouch! Firstly, I love to crochet rag rugs but it is very difficult to get hooks big enough for this. This is perfect for the task. Shaping of handle very comfortable, just slips then sits beautifully in the hand. Hook is satin smooth! Rug making can make my hands very tired, but this hook has greatly relieved that & I can work for longer than before. The hook head is perfectly shaped, making it easier to penetrate between the fabric pieces. The throat is deep enough & smooth enough to avoid the real annoyance of trying to get 2 thicknesses of rug fabric to stay put while you work the rest of a stitch & smooth enough to slide easily out when needed. So, that's excellent stitch control & hook balance in the hand in my opinion. SO worth the price."
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Returns & exchanges
All items are eligible for a full refund once the item has been safely returned to me, minus the cost of the return postage.
In the unlikely event of an item not arriving within 31 days (this is the minimum period after which a package can be officially declared missing), I will file a missing package report with the Post Office and provide a refund up to £20, as covered by Royal Mail's standard insurance. If the package was fully insured a full refund will be issued.
If an item is found to be damaged upon receipt, I will cover the cost of the return postage and as requested, either fix the item or provide a full refund.
If an item suffers damage after receipt, I am happy to fix it if possible free of charge, though I would request that the buyer covers the cost of the postage.
I guarantee all my pieces for life, which means if anything ever happens to them I will advise, repair, replace or refund depending on the circumstance. Wood in particular often mends beautifully and can be reinforced with metal rods if necessary, leaving the piece stronger than before and often with a barely discernible mend. I like a challenge, and I haven't met the broken hair fork that I haven't been able to mend yet ;)