I want to talk about my Tulip Etimo hooks for a moment. I love these things and don’t get to talk about them nearly enough. Amazon wants $300+ for this set of hooks and I have no idea why other than the pink handled set is more popular and these are falling by the wayside and this is ‘collectors price’. I spent around $99 for mine.
This is their description:
Smooth hook tip: The finely polished hook tip provides a smooth feel to crocheting without catching on the threads., Cushion Grip: A special rubber material is used which fits gently onto the fingers, greatly reducing the load which the fingers bear. Easy-to-grip shape: The shape of this hook was developed independently by Tulip, and is easy to hold, easy to turn, and does not slip.
I actually purchased mine through Fingerhut. There was a bunch of stuff about an ergodynamic handle with a cushioned elastomer grip that was easy on hands. I had never heard of Tulip Etimo and researched them because I had to justify in my mind spending so much on crochet hooks when I could get a full set at Wal-Mart or Michaels for around $20.
After some digging I discovered that they were being recommended for people with arthritis. SOLD! After a number of years of playing flute in school I developed tendinitis in my right hand. I also developed arthritis in my 20’s and was diagnosed with fibromyalgia in my early 30’s. I just got a bad draw in the genetic card game. I am always looking for products to allow me to keep doing things that I enjoy. It’s why I bought a professional gaming controller and it’s why I decided to try out these crochet hooks. If I didn’t like them or if they didn’t provide the comfort that the company claimed I could always send them back.
Needless to say, I kept them. It’s nice being able to crochet without pain. This is a huge things for me because quite often the slightest thing causes me pain. Etimo crochet hooks gave me back a hobby all because I always check out things that claim they are ergodynamic. I should probably state here that I am not being paid by anyone to say wonderful things about these crochet hooks. I am just really happy with them, happy that I can crochet again, and want to sing their praises.
I am sure that many people out there thing that words like “ergodynamic” are used as nothing but a marketing tool. The thing is, the changes (sometimes ever so slight) that are made to things to make them ergodynamic match the form and function of the human body. Things like a dip in the side of a computer mouse where ones thumb can sit more naturally goes a long way to relieving stress on the body and preventing repetitive stress injuries – or aggravating current ones.
Tulip Etimo crochet hooks really are easier to hold than standard hooks. I also don’t feel the need to clench my hand around them, for fear that they are going to fall out of my hands and that cushioned grip works as a bit of a shock-absorber. They really are comfortable to use. The set has 8 hooks in the most common sizes, 3.325mm, 3.50mm, 3.75mm 4.00mm, 4.50mm, 5.00mm, 5.50mm, and 6.00mm, in a nice cloth storage case along with scissors, 2 tapestry needles, and a 6 inch ruler. If you have extra money to spend on good quality crochet hooks or want a set of hooks that allow you to crochet and you are living in chronic pain I highly recommend these.