Wednesday, January 8, 2014

Hook, Hooks, Hooked

This post was to be about beauty pins.
Small crocheted pins used to fasten
baby clothes.  As I was getting out
a crochet hook to do a tutorial, I noticed
how many different small metal crochet
hook I have.
Vintage metal hooks
Some a bit rusty
Other made from bone and plastic
Treasures from a time gone by
Hooks that have created delicate bits of handwork
Each having a story to tell
Such a collection of hooks
Hooks my grandmother held
I was surprised, as I looked at the hooks
By all the different brand names
Some stamped only with a symbol
Most with commonly seen names
A few with only a number
The hook at the top here is very short
with a regal "Duchess" brand name.
It is a grey winter day and very cold.
My daughters almost had a frozen pipe
we were lucky to catch it and get some
warmth to the area. 
I am ready for Spring!
Love to all,


Createology said...

I too have many old metal hooks from my grandmother. If only they could show me the way to crochet just as she did. Her work was divine. Mine is basic yet I am thankful I learned how to crochet. Peaceful hours of turning thread into spectacular pieces of art...both useful and decorative. Blessings Dear...

ShirleyC said...

That is a lot of hooks!
I can crochet, but I have never been tempted to try it with those tiny hooks. LOL

Magpie's Mumblings said...

I have metal hooks from my mother and grandmother, but I've never seen the ones made of bone before. Interesting!

libbyquilter said...

what a treat to see your collection of crochet hooks. the lovely details that make each one special . . . and yes, i also wonder what stories they have to tell.
i happen to have a few of my mom's tiny metal hooks and i love it when i have reason to use one of them myself.


Judy said...

Deb, you struck a cord this morning!! Love this post as I have some of these beauties too...many from family and friend sources.
I too, am thawing in S. C., but thoughts are with those who had it so much worse than I. My old woodstove kept me warm through these low temperatures so foreign to us.

Connie Eyberg Originals said...

You have quite a collection there girl! Mine are from garage sales. My grandmother did mostly embroidery, but unfortunately her treasures were sold rather than passed down. I would have loved to have had some of the tools she used in her beautiful creations.

Anita said...

What a lovely collection of hooks you have Deb! This is the first time I'm seeing a hook with only a stamped symbol.And the stories and memories behind each one of them is special.
Did you finish the tutorial ? If it was me I wouldn't have done that ,would have spent the entire time sorting the hooks and thinking about all the lovely memories :)

FredaB said...

You have a wonderful collection of hooks there. You probably have a few English and Canadian ones in there.

I have a lot also given to me by people whose Mother and or grandmother
used to crochet. It is fun looking at them.


desertskyquilts said...

Great reflective post. It made me wonder what happened to my grandmother's hooks. I know they didn't come to me, and I never saw my sister crochet anything. Maybe one of my nieces got them, or maybe she'd gotten rid of them long before she died. What a wonderful legacy. I'm glad the pipes didn't freeze!

Dorthe said...

Dear Deb,
Such a wonderful collection you have gathered. those old hooks in bone are so beautiful, and the metal ones are also something worth to collect, I will remind me that, when summer and flea markets starts again! Interesting to find the stories behind.
How good your daughter did not end up with a frozen line...that would have been terrible!
Hugs and happy weekend, dear.

JennyPennyPoppy said...

A lovely post and lovely pictures Deb. I too have old metal crochet hooks passed on from a grandmother and great grandmother. Will always treasure them and the fine work they did.

Marie Lost Bird Studio said...

Hi Deb,
what a beautiful collection of hooks
you have and so many different ones.
Thanks for sharing your collection.Have a wonderful week.


Michelle May-The Raspberry Rabbits said...

Oh wow! Those are so cool and to think you have some that were from family is even better.

Sue (Someones Mom) said...

You made crochet hooks seem so interesting! If only they could speak!

I am ready for spring too and it is barely winter, although it has been worse than I can remember so far. My daughter gets married March 9, so I don't want things to speed up too much but I do hope for just a little less snow, ice and freezing temperatures!

Vicki Boster said...

How did I miss this post??? Love the photos of the crochet hooks-- if they could talk I know they'd tell wonderful stories--

Lorraine said...

Love these! I've got a collection from when my Mom first taught me to crochet along with a couple of really old books. This post certainly brings back memories...

Mosaic Magpie said...

I continue to be interested in all the different makes of hooks.

Roses, Lace and Brocante said...

Aren't they beautiful and thinking about the beauty they created all those years ago.
Some women who used them crocheted love into every stitch.
I'm sure there were others to whom it was only a necessary chore.
A very special collection Debbie - I hope your girls will enjoy them too one day!

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