When I was a little girl I was obsessed with my grandma’s crochet hooks. There were so many different sizes, colors and in a few cases, different shapes. My favorite was a large size N aluminum hook in Gold. I thought it looked more like jewelry than a tool for making afghans and also made for an awesome (and blunt) sword.
She quit crocheting when I was in my late teens due to arthritis and gave me all of her hooks and supplies. I spent lots of days getting them out, looking them over and playing around with them, but never learned to use them. Later, while on bedrest with my second daughter, I finally learned.
At first everything I made was completely incorrectly sized, mainly due to the fact that I insisted on using the shiny gold hook for every pattern I was trying to make¸ regardless of what size hook the pattern called for. Soon I learned the difference between the hooks I found in the large tin box, and which ones I preferred over the rest.
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