Hook Safety

I had a “necessity is the mother of invention” moment the other day, and I thought I might share it with you.

In the last few weeks, finding myself busier than I ever thought busy could be, I’ve been carrying around my crocheting in the hope that I might find a stray moment here or there to get some work done on a rather large lace project.

But every time I packed my project into its little bag and put the little project bag into my backpack, I would have a moment of worry for the safety of my favorite hooks: A 3.5 mm Lantern Moon (bottom, at left), and a 4 mm Dyak Craft hook (top). They’ve been my lace buddies for several years now. I found myself engaging in slightly neurotic protective behaviors, like refusing to put my backpack on the floor where someone might step on it and break the slender hooks inside, or placing my project bag on the top shelf, safe from the destructive reaches of my family.

It occurred to me that I needed a hook case. Soon. Immediately. Before I started dragging around an iron lockbox.

So, at knit night, when I saw my knitterly friend’s double-pointed needle holder, a lightbulb went off, and I decided to appropriate yet another knitting tool into the crochet world. I went ahead and ordered one for myself (along with a few other things…I’m a sucker for free shipping). It’s been working great. And I can sleep at night, knowing my hooks are safe.

I’m about to put it to the ultimate test: Airplane travel. With my 3-year-old. It’s like a stress test for the durability of pretty much anything. I’ll let you know how it goes!

Until next time,

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