It all began with an innocent perusal of the July/August 2009 Piecework issue. All was fine until I reached page 6. There, in all its glory, was an ad from Lacis for mini-hooks. I have one of these sawed-off beauties for picking up dropped stitches when sock knitting. It can be a life-saver for lace knitting, too.
This ad caught my eye because it offered 16 sizes from 00-14. (If these numbers don’t make sense to you, see this handy size chart that compares crochet hooks and knitting needle sizes, and also gives their mm.) Any of you who have tried placing seed beads on lace weight yarn with a crochet hook know the desirability of steel crochet hooks in the 11-14 range. It takes a hook that small to fit through the beads. The other notable fact about these hooks is that in today’s craft store/big box store environment they are scarce as hen’s teeth.
Lacis offeres free shipping for on-line orders, with a flat $4.50 handling charge/order. It seemed to me that my most economical move would be to place a complete order now, rather than piece-meal it out. They’ll be sending me sizes 11-14. Oh, and I bought the lobster claw clasp that will corral them all on my chatalaine. Who said a knitting geek couldn’t be an old-fashioned gal?