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« on: June 15, 2010 04:32:28 PM »

Okay, I know it's not a crochet project per se, but crocheters are the only ones who will understand it!  (Let me know if it should be posted somewhere else, I looked around and didn't know what other forum it fit in, but I'm a newb)

I've had a problem with too many projects, and often times I need that hook I was using for an older, hibernating project for a shiny new project.  The problem then arises when I go back to the old project, often one without instructions or one where I've gleefully ignored the instructions, and can't remember what hook I was using (and/or found out in shifting it I've accidentally ripped out a bunch of work).  

Then it hit me - an idea so simple I can't believe they're not on every store in the country!  Maybe because they think people finish one project before they go on to another?  (*snort*)  Or maybe because it's so simple.  Grab a large necklace hook, a piece of thread, and some beads - regular and alphabet - and VOILA!

(I'm too new to post an image, sorry):



The necklace clasp goes around the working loop to keep it from unraveling, and the alphabet bead reminds you what hook you are using!  You can also use numbers, if you're using steel hooks or one of the 'in-between-the letters' aluminum hooks.  Totally simple to quickly slap together a whole set!

Now I can start hundreds of projects without having to buy more hooks!  Wait...  I thought this was a good idea?!

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« Reply #1 on: June 15, 2010 05:03:50 PM »

I need to do this...right away!
It fixes my two main problems!
Genius  Grin
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« Reply #2 on: June 15, 2010 05:31:24 PM »

I'm just a beginning to crochet but this is a brilliant idea. Thank You!
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« Reply #3 on: June 15, 2010 05:38:44 PM »

Absolutely BRILLIANT!!! Now I need to find someone to make them for me!!

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« Reply #4 on: June 15, 2010 05:41:06 PM »

Great idea!!!
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« Reply #5 on: June 15, 2010 06:07:18 PM »

GENIUS!!!

You know, you could probably market this on Etsy. Sell some individually (like the most commonly used hooks - G,H,I,J) and sell some full sets. I think it'd work. I'd buy them!

Simply awesome.
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« Reply #6 on: June 15, 2010 06:48:28 PM »

Seriously brilliant!  I will definitely be using this idea!!!!  Thanks bunches for sharing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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« Reply #7 on: June 15, 2010 07:20:10 PM »

Very nice!  I use something similar because I too have way too many projects going and could never remember what hook I was using with what project. 

I use a coiless safety pin and slide on a decorative bead or two and then a letter bead and then another decorative bead or two.  That's it.  I pin one on every project as soon as I start it! 
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« Reply #8 on: June 15, 2010 08:06:46 PM »

BRILLIANT!!! SHEER GENIUS right there... I'm gonna have to look into doing this (if only because I have had trouble traveling with my projects... they always unravel a bunch and then I have to rework what I've already done... frustrating. Thanks for sharing your idea with us!!! (I also think you could make some money selling these on Etsy!)
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« Reply #9 on: June 15, 2010 11:14:57 PM »

I actually use almost the exact same thing on my ufo's when I steal the hooks from them, but yours are much prettier than mine.  Smiley
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« Reply #10 on: June 15, 2010 11:33:51 PM »

Brilliant! This is the kind of thing that revolutionises my craft space!
I keep on buying extra hooks hoping that leaving the hookwith the project will help but they still fall out or get removed!

Thank you so much for sharing!
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« Reply #11 on: June 16, 2010 05:51:14 AM »

Very nice idea!

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« Reply #12 on: June 16, 2010 11:01:52 AM »

Such a fabulous idea!
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« Reply #13 on: June 16, 2010 12:58:17 PM »

That is a fabulous idea i'm going to have to make some of these Smiley
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« Reply #14 on: June 16, 2010 11:56:11 PM »

this is a really great idea!!! There are projects that I set down and don't go back to for two years and part of the reason I haven't picked it back up is that very issue. I have no idea what hook I was using. Brilliant.
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« Reply #15 on: June 17, 2010 04:40:24 AM »

What a great idea thank you for sharing.
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« Reply #16 on: June 17, 2010 06:53:51 AM »

Awesome, I always leave my hooks in my crochet, but so many wips can eat so many hooks! I'm wisting this when I get home!
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« Reply #17 on: June 17, 2010 07:23:34 AM »

Loved your post.  Great idea!  Enjoyed just reading it.  Cheesy
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« Reply #18 on: June 17, 2010 09:30:20 AM »

BRILLIANT!! You have no idea how much I need something like this! Its getting to the point where I use the same size hook for everything just so I won't forget which hook I used in a particular project  Grin
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« Reply #19 on: June 17, 2010 12:31:07 PM »

if you need it to stay straight, jewelry pins work great to slide the beads on and loop the clasp on the end of that.  Smiley
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« Reply #20 on: June 17, 2010 02:17:15 PM »

Genius! I need to do this.
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« Reply #21 on: June 17, 2010 06:43:53 PM »

wow! this is such a great idea!! Thank you so much for sharing.
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« Reply #22 on: June 18, 2010 01:48:58 AM »

This is awesome! Thanks for sharing your idea. <3 I've been in the "what hook was this??" position before! lol Now I won't have to be. Grin
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« Reply #23 on: November 30, 2010 05:52:53 PM »

 You are brilliant!!
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« Reply #24 on: November 30, 2010 09:25:13 PM »

Fantastic Idea!
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« Reply #25 on: December 01, 2010 09:54:42 AM »

Brilliant! Thanks so much for sharing.
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« Reply #26 on: December 01, 2010 11:46:05 AM »

Amazing idea!
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« Reply #27 on: December 02, 2010 07:51:44 AM »

Just saw this post. This is brilliant! I will have to do something like this and give it to my crocheting friends and family, because we all have that same problem. Thank you so much for sharing!
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« Reply #28 on: December 02, 2010 12:43:09 PM »

Aboslutely genius! Wisted! Smiley
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« Reply #29 on: December 02, 2010 07:52:56 PM »

Fantastic idea!! I <3 it. I have this problem & it's prevented me from finishing WIPs up!
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« Reply #30 on: December 17, 2010 07:38:00 AM »

wow what an amazing idea, My neddles are always falling out of my projects and this would absolutle fix that, Thanks for the idea.
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« Reply #31 on: December 17, 2010 06:36:41 PM »

This is an awesome idea. 
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« Reply #32 on: December 19, 2010 08:12:19 AM »

I absolutely love this idea and I've already got everything to make them!! Great thing to add to my mom's crochet needlecase that she's getting for Christmas too. Thanks for the idea..sooo stealing it!!
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« Reply #33 on: December 24, 2010 06:34:16 AM »

From a 59yo woman who has crocheted for over 40 years and is being overrun with unfinished projects cause I couldn't remember what hook I was using THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!

Now I'm off to find letter beads and clips or safety pins.  YES! Smiley
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« Reply #34 on: December 24, 2010 10:17:02 AM »

How did I miss this post!! 6 months of extra ripping and wondering! I wuv you!!
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« Reply #35 on: December 29, 2010 09:59:22 PM »

This is absolutely genius! I have more projects "running" than I can count, and obviously don't have enough hooks to keep with each project (and I swear hooks grow legs and walk off somewhere... probably hiding out with the missing socks!). Thank you so much for sharing your brilliant idea.

I have to agree w/ other posters-- "I'd buy 'em!" In the meanwhile... maybe I'll find some of those missing socks and repurpose them with lettered beads!

This totally rocks~

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« Reply #36 on: March 21, 2011 08:18:25 AM »

If only I had something like this months ago!  I've done this so many times!! Smiley
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« Reply #37 on: March 22, 2011 09:07:28 PM »

Add another "This is a brilliant/genius idea" to the accolades!! And such cute designs too.

For me, it's the perfect marriage of my two favorite crafts.Gracias! for sharing.  Smiley
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« Reply #38 on: March 24, 2011 09:26:10 PM »

I have a stash of plastic and pony beads that have been sitting around in my craft box for ages that I didn't know what to do with, and now I see they finally have a purpose. Thanks so much for the idea. You are a total genius. Cheesy
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« Reply #39 on: March 25, 2011 08:55:47 AM »

I've made something like these that I sold. But none so beautiful. I love all the colors. Smiley
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« Reply #40 on: March 26, 2011 07:29:57 PM »

That's freaking amazing. Such a simple but effective idea!
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