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Crochet Hook Review – Tulip Etimo

Pink, glorious pink!

I haven’t had the chance to show you my lovely new set of crochet hooks from Tulip.

I picked these up recently and they’ve immediately become my go to hooks.  I mean, you know that I’m a Clover girl, so it takes a lot for me to switch to another brand.

Ok, so there are a couple of reasons why I love these.  Firstly, well, just look at them! It’s the details really. Ombre pink, the shafts and hooks themselves are even pink.  Then there’s the faux leather case and the little zippered notions pouch with its scissors and needles.  The only thing missing is a set of stitch markers.

Then there’s the form and fit in my hand.  The grip is a little slimmer and more contoured than the Clovers, and the it’s also about 5mm shorter.  I have large hands and the Tulip is the perfect fit in my palm.  I can imagine for smaller hands, the difference in length is probably negligible.

How do the hooks crochet? Well, I’m a pretty speedy crocheter and the adjustment phase is minimal.  I don’t have problems with snagging or with splitting.  In this way they are much the same as the Clover.  The smooth neck is great for working with acrylics – the squeak factor is minimal.

Overall, I’m going to say that I really rate the Tulips.  They’re pricey, which puts them out of reach for a lot of us.  However, they’re worth saving for, or adding to your Christmas or birthday wishlist.  Full disclosure; I was given these hooks.  All opinions are my own, so don’t worry, I’m being totally honest with you.

If you’d like to get your hands on a set of these, in pink or in black, you can go to Wool Warehouse* or lovecrochet.com* internationally, and if you live in the Netherlands there are a bunch of great retailers, like Pera en Pasha and Het Wolhuis.  If you don’t want to splurge on a full set, it’s also possible to buy them separately to give one a try.

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Furls Odyssey Crochet Hook – A Review

So, I was sitting here, happily getting started on this week’s GREG Mystery CAL and thought that perhaps I could try using my new Furls Odyssey crochet hook which has been waiting patiently in my hook case.

I ordered the hook ages ago, and it had to be made and shipped. So it took quite a while in the end, and is it worth the wait? Let’s see, shall we?

When I first unpacked the hook I thought: wow! It’s beautiful and shiny and heavy

   

I ordered the 4mm, or G hook, but in the time I was waiting I had forgotten which size I had ordered. Strangely, there’s no stamp on my hook to tell me which size I have, so luckily it was in the packing list.

The hook is still taking me a bit of getting used to. It feels a-mazing in my hand, but the round tip is a bit different to my trusty Clover Amour’s tapered top. It makes getting into back loop stitches a bit more of a challenge, but that’s only because it’s what I’m used to.

  

I worked up two squares today for instalment three of GREG, the first with my Clover and the second with the Odyssey. The tension was pretty much exactly the same. 

   

You can see, the square I crocheted with the Odyssey just peeking out from behind.

I would say that my Clover square is a bit tidier though, but I’m putting that down to practice and getting used to the rounded tip.

   
  

Here’s the Odyssey next to my Clover. Quite a size difference!

Over all, I’m very happy with the Furls Odyssey. I’ve wanted a Furls hook for a long time, but the price tag has put them firmly out of reach, especially with shipping, and then customs charges on top. (Dutch customs love to charge VAT then “administration costs” which are usually double the VAT value.) The Odyssey is the perfect compromise. A great hook, affordable, and beautiful!

If you want one, they’re available from Furls directly for $24.95 USD (plus shipping of course).

Do you have an Odyssey? What do you think?