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Topic: A Very Dishalicious Dishcloth/Washcloth Swap Round 2 (Signups 5/9-5/25)  (Read 12421 times)
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« Reply #150 on: June 26, 2007 07:32:48 PM »

I've seen the light-up crochet hook...not sure if they come in a variety of sizes or not.

Has anyone tried the light-ups?  I think I'd get hypnotized or at least have spots before my eyes if I used them!

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« Reply #151 on: June 26, 2007 07:44:28 PM »

Oh wow, I didn't know that hooks were available too.  I'll keep my eyes open for them.
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« Reply #152 on: June 26, 2007 07:51:13 PM »

Well I went looking .. and found some on ebay and a few other places ... for around $20 a hook .. yipe!!  I think I'll get that little book light first!
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« Reply #153 on: June 26, 2007 10:50:08 PM »

I have the needle lite crochet hook set in my wists, you can get them in every common size online for 9.95 BUT I was at joanns a couple weeks ago & they had a couple sizes for 7.95. I'm planning on getting one when we aren't as strapped.Right now I just use a book light & clip it to the car visor.
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« Reply #154 on: June 27, 2007 01:42:09 AM »

Joanns have light up crochet hooks - I got one for $6.

I'd check the size though, as my G light up hook is much bigger than my G aluminium one. (it says G-4.5mm whereas the other one says G-4.00mm.)

I found it was awkward and uncomfortable to use and that the hook bit was not very defined (does that make sense? I can't think of how to describe it! Sort of like how deep the hook is cut). -maybe that's just me not particularly liking plastic hooks.

I did think it'd be great for beginners though, as you can really see the stitches as you go to put the hook under them.  Smiley
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« Reply #155 on: June 27, 2007 04:45:10 PM »

my G light up hook is much bigger than my G aluminium one. (it says G-4.5mm whereas the other one says G-4.00mm.)
  I am beginning to dislike the letter system for hook sizing a little.   Undecided  Not because I don't like letters, that would be fine if it was what I was used to right?  What I don't like is there seems to be whole sizes missing.   Shocked  Well, I had thought they were missing when I first looked up a size conversion chart.  But after considering berol's trouble with her light up hook, I see that some letters stand for more than one size.  Lemme see... if my chart is correct (and if a G is both 4mm and 4.5mm), then I think a K is 6.5mm and 7mm, and a C is 2.75mm and 3mm, and a B is 2.25mm and 2.5mm... um, maybe.  I am not sure about that, especially because it completely leaves out a 2mm size, or anything smaller now that I come to think of it.

I will try to source another conversion chart and hopefully I can post up a link.  Jeepers, I just wanted to determine the gauge of the ones my partner said she is missing (different swap), but now I think maybe I ought to find the ones that are also missing due to them not being US sizes.  Cheesy

Hmmm, I think whatever hooks I do send I should label with a letter somehow.  Aussie hooks usually only have a metric size on them these days, some brands will have a UK size on it too but never a US or Canadian one.  Any thoughts on how to do this guys?  I wouldn't try it for an aluminium hook, but for bamboo or plastic it may be worth a shot.  And it would be a pain in the butt to have one or two hooks in your collection that were marked with sizes different to what you normally use, sooo... I wanna put letters on 'em before I send them.

As for knitting - if said crazy conversion chart is anything to go by - then folks in Canada and the UK won't be used to seeing 3.5mm needles and in the US you won't have many 3mm, 7mm or 7.5mm either.  I am inclined to think there might actually be a grain of truth in that.  A gal at my Stitch'n'Bitch mentioned once that 3.5mm needles are uncommon here, compared to other sizes.  As we used to use the British scale here and because lots of supplies come from there, it makes sense.
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« Reply #156 on: June 28, 2007 10:00:44 AM »

UK sizing has pretty much converted wholeheartedly to metric and I have never bought hooks or needles here in anything else Smiley

(Except when I bought in the states, of course, where everything is lettered!)
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« Reply #157 on: June 28, 2007 04:36:44 PM »

Oh wow, I didn't know that berol.  That is definately cool and we have pretty much done the same of course, just that a lot of things are still marked with old sizes as well as metric.
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