Somewhat embarrassingly, I have to admit that Hoooked sent me a wonderful parcel of goodies to write about around 18 months ago. To add further embarrassment, I have to also admit that I still can’t crochet. I can do a chain, but that’s my limit.
In my parcel were two books, various balls of yarn and some chunky wooden crochet hooks. When it arrived I imagined myself learning to crochet and whipping up all sorts of lovely things in no time.
This did not happen.
Firstly, I couldn’t try doing anything as my tendonitis had flared up terribly. I was under doctor’s orders not to sew, knit or crochet for months on end.
Secondly, I just can’t get the hang of crochet. I’ve tried books (including the one Hoooked sent me) and I’ve watched more YouTube tutorials than I’d care to admit. Pausing, rewinding, getting frustrated.
Sorry crochet, clearly we are not meant to be. I’ve had modest success with knitting though, so maybe I’m not a complete lost cause. I think I just need a real life person to teach me!
Hooked are a company based in the Netherlands, set up in 2008. They sell three different types of yarn: Zpagetti, Ribbon XL and Eco Barbante. All three are the result of recycling textiles leftover from the fashion industry. I love this, all that textile waste being put to good use! I know how much leftover fabric there can be when I sew, so I can only imagine what this is on an industrial scale.
The yarn comes in a variety of colours (even prints) and is really lovely to knit with. I think the prints are my favourite.
Being a bit of a hopeless beginner, I think these yarns are a great place to begin – chunkier yarns are easier to work with.
Not only do Hoooked sell wonderful recycled yarn, they also sell environmentally-friendly bamboo crochet hooks, various books and DIY kits. Their website also has video tutorials for knitting and crochet.
All the jumpers, please!
Having all but given up on crochet, I had picked a couple of knitting projects from the book pictured above. I’m embarrassed to admit that was almost exactly a year ago. To be honest, once my hands were better, I’d forgotten about all the plans I’d made for knitting, I just wanted to sew.
This is my absolute favourite project in the book:
Eleanor and Phoebe would both love a jumper like this, it would fit in so well with their wardrobes too. I’m all about comfortable casual clothes for both of them. I don’t like them wearing exactly the same, so letting them pick their own colours would be great.
My other favourite project, that I thought I’d have at least started by now, is this jumper:
There are various other projects in the book, like bags, homeware and even some macramé. I’m not so keen on on creating many homeware items, but I do wish I had the skill for a crochet rug for the girls’ bedroom!
To be honest, I don’t think I’ll be giving crochet a go again for quite some time. I’ve really enjoyed getting to grips with knitting this year though, so buying enough Hoooked yarn for these jumpers is definitely on my to do list.
I received a selection of Hoooked products in exchange for this blog post. All opinions are my own. My sincerest apologies to Hoooked for taking so long to write this post!