Yarnology Acrylic Hook US size M & N >> I have been dying to try
plastic/acrylic hooks just for the fun of trying new things and I finally got these acrylic hooks from Yarnology at Hobby Lobby. Because these two hooks are the bigger size, I like how it feels in my hand, they're very lightweight and colorful, and I can get a good grip with it using both the pencil and knife hold. I tried this hook with my Cascade 128 Chunky weight scrap yarn and it was a little disappointing in the sense that the hook was too grippy that the yarn doesn't glide easily across the shank compared to aluminum hooks. The point and the throat is very similar to those from Susan Bates aluminum hooks and because of this, it has a tendency to split the yarn quite easily when drawing through the loops but if you have been using Susan Bates hooks and really like that kind of construction, you will surely like this hook too. As for this being too grippy, I am hoping as time wears on the acrylic material, maybe it will smooth out or maybe it will work better with a different yarn material. This hook is perfect for the ultimate beginner so they're not constantly dropping their stitches. The hook size are engraved on the end of the handle and because of the dark colors and the see-through acrylic material, it is quite hard to see what the hook size is. But if you have a crochet hook case with labels on it, I guess it will be okay.
Vera Bradley Quilted Bags - Mandy Handbag in Tea Garden & Vera Tote in Paisley Meets Plaid >> I was lucky enough to be gifted with these two Vera Bradley bags. I love the fact that they are machine washable & dryable and that they both have a lot of pockets inside. I don't use it for everyday work bag but I actually use them both as project bags. The Mandy Handbag, is about medium sized and can fit a couple of socks, dishcloths, wraps and shawl projects while the Vera Tote is quite large and can fit a sweater or a baby blanket project. With these bags, I usually don't need to bring my bulky notions pouch because there are at least six pockets on the inside to hold the absolute essentials. I do bring my all my hooks just in case. The Mandy Handbag has only one outside pocket while the Vera Tote has two outside pockets, one side has a zippered pocket and the other has a regular pocket. The handles and both bags are very well constructed and I absolutely love them both.
Yarn Bee Soft Secret 100% Acrylic Yarns >> After buying six skeins of Cascade 128