I have talked about various types of knitting needles and crochet hooks and even highlighted some of my favorites. I explained to one of my classes recently that with the advancement of our crafting skills, comes the desire to get nicer, better and maybe prettier tools. Just as one would spend money on a “good” set of golf clubs or an expensive tennis racquet, we want nice hooks or needles.
When people are taught to crochet or knit they generally are given inexpensive metal needles and hooks to start. They are okay to begin with but if you are going to spend any time doing these crafts you will want to move on. I never get tired of trying new and different tools. I suggest that you visit your local yarn store (LYS), mine is KnitKnack in Maplewood, NJ. and explore. Besides the temptation of beautiful yarns, kits and books there are a good variety of needles to buy.
KnitKnack in Maplewood, New Jersey
I also included a picture of a product by one of my fellow bloggers and creative person who designs, carves, paints and sells her own crochet hooks. Check her out on Etsy as KimsKnots.
Kim's Knots Hand Painted and Carved Crochet Hook
Don’t limit yourself to one particular material until you have tried several.Sometimes the weight of the yarn will dictate what material you want to use. Sock yarn for instance is so fine that I like to use metal with a sharp tip. Slippery yarns are good with wood. Experiment and enjoy!