Inspiration Mondays: HOOKS

It's Monday again (no way to avoid it) and time for another sneak peek into what inspires a hooker (me!). I had to follow last week's yarn porn with the thing that none of us could call ourselves hookers without: the hook of course. When I started crocheting I bought the standard, cheap aluminum hook set that is sold at every Walmart and Hobby Lobby. I thought they worked just fine and never imagined spending more on those fancy hooks. Until I used one. My sister-in-law taught me how to crochet and one day when everyone was together, I needed to borrow a hook, so she let me use herClover bamboo. OMG, how could I have EVER go back to cold, aluminum hooks. If you've never tried anything but your rainbow colored aluminum friends, I HIGHLY suggest it. Recently I lost my I bamboo hook, the one I use for almost EVERYTHING, and I was not a happy camper. I suspect my kids were playing with it and hid it under the bed or in the toy box, or any number of other random places. Anyway, back to the point, I ran out to get a new one IMMEDIATELY so I wouldn't have to use my aluminum stand-by!
I can't help myself around a good hook, so here are my favs (plus one hook holder by MadBird)


Inspiration Mondays: YARN PORN

You know what Mondays are - the day most people have to return to the rat race - so I decided to brighten up the drudge with a new blog series on what inspires me. Every Monday I'll let you into my funny little world and show you why I am a hooker. ;)
I wanted to kick things off with what started it all. But the question is, the yarn or the hook? I say the yarn. I'm not sure if it's just me, but I get all tingly when I walk into a good yarn store and see the rows of color. The brighter, the better as far as I'm concerned. When I look at a skein I try to picture what I could turn it in to and I usually get some of my better ideas and designs when I start with the yarn. In fact, I love yarn so much that I dream of starting my own yarn store where I can sell all the wool, acrylic, silk, and alpaca that inspires me.
So here it is, for your viewing pleasure - some of my favorite yarn porn.