Wow. Where did September go? Things have been so busy around here–I spent a little over a week at the beginning of the month playing with mushrooms and lichen and fiber, and I have lots to show and talk about, but I was waiting until I had washed most of the yarn that I dyed so I could show you the finished product. So that’s my next post. I’ve also been spinning again. My wheel had been put away for almost a year, and at the end of the summer I started spinning when Selma and a few friends in town wanted to learn to spin, so I’ve got some handspun to show you in a future post as well.

Today, I had a lovely surprise in the mail. Emily McKeon who’s part of the family that owns and runs the Denise Needle Company sent me a set of the new Interchangeable Crochet Hook set that they’ve recently released. I have played with a prototype hook and cord for several months now, and I am thrilled to see the finished set. The hooks have a lovely feel and a great taper and point.

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But you may be wondering, what you’d do with a set of interchangeable hooks and cords. The most obvious use is Tunisian crochet. Having cords of differing lengths and hooks of various sizes all in one place will make it easy to work on a variety of projects, and change gauge mid project just by changing hook sizes. (The set has 12 hooks ranging in size from 4 to 15 mm). I’m most excited about playing with mixing knitting and crochet. I think there are a lot of unexplored possibilities there. There are also uses for knitting–for instance, say you’re knitting along with your Denise needles and need to pick up stitches along the side edge of something. Pop on a crochet tip and the picking up just got easier. Or, the Denise folks suggest that using a hook tip in your right hand while teaching knitting might make things easier for a new knitter. So, I’m looking forward to digging in and figuring out things to do with this new tool.

Hooked on Denise
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5 thoughts on “Hooked on Denise

  • September 15, 2009 at 4:50 pm
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    I can hardly wait! I have the Denise knitting set and I love them.

  • September 18, 2009 at 7:35 am
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    So theoritically (sp) if one were crocheting socks you could do two at the same time as knitters do?

  • September 18, 2009 at 10:57 am
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    Hmm… well, I can't imagine how… you could still only hold one sock at a
    time, of course you could work a round on one sock, then work a round on the
    other sock–that's essentially what the knitters do. What I like to do is
    work the toe, foot and heel of both socks, then work the ankles of both
    socks, so they're done pretty much at the same time.

    Did you have another idea? I'd love to hear it!

  • September 18, 2009 at 2:35 pm
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    So theoritically (sp) if one were crocheting socks you could do two at the same time as knitters do?

  • September 18, 2009 at 5:57 pm
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    Hmm… well, I can't imagine how… you could still only hold one sock at a
    time, of course you could work a round on one sock, then work a round on the
    other sock–that's essentially what the knitters do. What I like to do is
    work the toe, foot and heel of both socks, then work the ankles of both
    socks, so they're done pretty much at the same time.

    Did you have another idea? I'd love to hear it!

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