Every Sunday during National Crochet Month 2013, I’ll be reviewing crochet hooks. Today’s post features the Susan Bates Bamboo Handle hooks, along with a giveaway for 2 hooks, courtesy of Susan Bates.
I mentioned last week that I don’t personally prefer in-line crochet hooks. But as a crochet teacher, I know that many students find it more comfortable to use an in-line crochet hook. Susan Bates seems to be the brand most associated with an in-line hook, and I wanted to make sure to review one of their offerings during National Crochet Month.
I first discovered the Susan Bates Bamboo Handle Silvalume Hooks in 2011, when I taught crochet to children at the Queens Library. The central office ordered these hooks for the children to use in class. I immediately noticed how helpful the large, bamboo handle was, especially for the younger children who hadn’t yet developed the fine motor skills required for using a smaller hook.
For people who regularly use Susan Bates Silvalume hooks or other in-line hooks with a sharp throat, the bamboo handle is a great option to provide more comfort when crocheting. The handle only covers the lower half of the shaft below the thumb rest, so the throat and neck are the same length as other Susan Bates hooks. This allows you to crochet any type of stitch (including bobbles and bullions) without adjustment. The handle is solid, but the bamboo stays cool to the touch. For those who find the temperature changes that pass through metal hooks too difficult for their hands, this would be a wonderful alternative. Similarly, this hook is also great for crocheters who need a larger handle to prevent or reduce hand cramping.
And, for all you threadies out there, the Susan Bates Bamboo Handle hooks are also available in Steelite thread crochet sizes. There aren’t as many comfort hooks for thread crocheters, so kudos to Susan Bates for offering an affordable option.
The Susan Bates Bamboo Handle hooks come in two variations:
Silvalume (aluminum for yarn) hooks have the size etched on the thumb rest and also come in different colors for each size. These are available in US sizes B through N, including the elusive size 7 (4.5 mm). The retail price is $2.75 per hook.
Steelite (steel for thread) hooks have the sized etched on the thumb rest but and are available in silver. These hooks are sized from 0.9 mm through 2.7 mm. The retail price is $5 per hook.
If you prefer an in-line hook with a sharp throat for yarn crocheting, or if you are looking for an affordable comfort hook for thread crochet, I recommend the Susan Bates Bamboo Handle hooks.
When I contacted the nice folks at Susan Bates to tell them about my plans for reviewing the hooks during NatCroMo13, they were generous enough to send along a prize pack of 2 different Susan Bates Bamboo Handle Hooks (one Silvalume in US Size I-9/5.5 mm and one Steelite in US Size 5/1.7 mm) for me to share with one lucky reader.
This giveaway is open internationally. Enter by 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on Saturday, March 16, 2013.
Leave a comment telling me about what you would crochet with a Steelite thread crochet comfort hook.
Whether you’re just joining in or you’ve been participating in the Ripple Mania Crochet-a-long since October, I know you’re excited to hear more about the prizes! The Ripple Mania CAL has four fantastic sponsors, Coats & Clark, Leisure Arts, Lion Brand Yarn, and Magique Enterprises, who have each put together a great prize package. This post describes the prizes, explains how you can enter the giveaway, and includes the schedule for the Ripple Mania CAL. All images are used with permission.
Lion Brand Yarn is sponsoring a wonderful Ripple Mania prize package – 4 skeins of Amazing in Strawberry Fields, enough yarn to crochet the Candy Color Ripple Cowl. You’ll have a fashionable accessory just in time for the deep cold of winter!
And for those of you who have been longing to try an Eleggant crochet hook after reading my review, Magique Enterprises is sponsoring a set including the Eleggant comfort crochet handle, six interchangeable hooks (in steel sizes 1.25 mm, 1.75 mm, and 2.25 mm, and in aluminum sizes 3.5 mm, 5.0 mm, and 6.0 mm), and o-rings.
Now that you’ve heard about all the amazing prizes available, you may be wondering how to enter this giveaway. Read on for details!
Ripple Mania Giveaway Rules
To enter the Ripple Mania giveaway for your chance to win one of these great prizes:
Photograph your Ripple Mania project! Smaller projects (accessories, baby blankets, cozies, washcloths, etc.) must be completed. Larger projects (adult sweaters, large throws, or bedspreads) must be at least 1/3 finished.
Projects must have been started and/or completed during the Ripple Mania CAL (between October 17 and November 28). You can use any crochet ripple pattern, though of course I’d love it if you used one of mine :).
Share a photograph and description of your Ripple Mania project by 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Wednesday, November 28. Each project counts as one entry in the giveaway.
To share your project on Facebook: Post a Wall photo on the Underground Crafter page. (Remember that if you don’t “like” the page, I won’t be able to message you on Facebook, so you’ll have to check back to see if you’ve won.)
To share your project on this blog: Post a link to a project photo (on your blog, Flickr, etc.) in the comments.
To share your project on Twitter: Tweet @ucrafter #ripplemania with a link to a photo of your project.
This giveaway is open to all crocheters worldwide.
By entering the giveaway, you are granting permission for your project photo to be shared in a collage of all entries on this blog.
On or about December 1, 2012, four winners will be chosen at random and contacted for mailing addresses. Winners must respond by December 15, 2012 or their prize will be forfeited.
Thanks so much for joining in, and I can’t wait to see the projects!