Monday, June 08, 2015

Athena's Elements Review and #Giveaway, ends 6/25/15

My Nanie taught me to crochet when I was a little girl -- about 4 years old.  I made chain after chain after chain.  From there, we moved on to Granny Squares.

Sadly, after a time, the "new" wore off for me and I didn't pick up a hook again for a very long time.

Nanie, however, found great solace in her hooks and yarn and created beautiful hats (for me and my cousins in Florida), afghans, ponchos, doilys, and antimacassars.   I have several afghans and her old hooks.

She had terrible arthritis -- how her fingers and hands must've hurt as she spent hours crocheting.

I wish she had been able to use the wonderful new hooks that I have now.  From Athena's Elements come these beautiful, ergonomic Crochet Hooks.

Aren't they lovely? Nine of then are enveloped in an ergonomically correct, non-slip, silicone grip. It's non-slip feature helps you hold the hook easily but still control the tension of your stitches.

The sizes range from 2mm (smaller than a US Size B) up to 6mm (J).  Also included, but not with the silicone grip, is a size 6.5mm (K), which is perfect for rugs, large bags, etc.

Each of the hooks is engraved with it's size for easy identification and each hook has a different coloured handle.  I love this feature.  Right now, I am using the dark purple hook for a piece I'm crocheting.  I don't have to worry that I've picked up the wrong needle.

Athena's Elements offers two fantastic carrying cases:

This is the smart little Wrap Organizer.  It measures 6 1/2 by 3 inches. Compact and lightweight, you can tuck it into your purse or needlework bag and take it with you anywhere. (Addendum: before you take crochet hooks on to an airplane, check to be sure that it's allowed with carry-on luggage.)

Each hook has it's own protective slot and there is a clear plastic cover that folds down over the hooks to keep them safe in place. Just roll the case and secure with the velcro tab and you are on your way!

Above is the larger Deluxe Ergonomic Crochet Kit .  This kit has it all! It comes with the same nine crochet hooks as the smaller case, but in addition contains: scissors, measuring tape, plastic needles (for attaching),
two aluminum pins, Knitting Needle Gauge & Ruler, Row Counter and Case Organizer.

I love this case. The colour is a beautiful, bright rose pink. It's a hard case, made of PU Leather.  Sturdy construction will ensure a long life for this case and it's contents. The mesh bag holding the other items is removable for easy access when you're stitching.

Aren't they beautiful? When the hooks are this lovely, who can resist?

I kept the larger case for myself -- It went right into my stitching bag!  But my Mom has the smaller wrap case.

My Mom loves to crochet, but has terrible pain in her hands and fingers from arthritis.  I gave a set to her and she loves them.  She's told me that she can crochet for a couple of hours with these hooks without getting hand cramps.

Mom is impressed!

So am I!  It's such a relief to hold a crochet hook that isn't so narrow that your cramps just thinking about it.

I am also impressed by the depth of the hook and the rounded tip (no more splitting the yarn). There are no burrs or sharp edges.  The size array is lovely -- a hook for every project! This case hold everything a crocheter will ever need.

You can purchase these amazing hooks and cases on!

The wonderful folks at Athena's Elements have very generously offered THREE of my readers a chance to own a set of hooks and a case for their own!

Just follow the entry instructions below for your chance to enter to win.

Open to USA, 18+, No PO Boxes. All entries are verified. Giveaway ends at 11:59 p.m. on June 25, 2015. Three winners will be chosen:  One winner will receive the DELUXE Kit and two winners will receive the fabric wrap case.

I received a Deluxe and Wrap kit from Athena's Elements to facilitate this review. I received no monetary compensation. All opinions are my own and based on my own use of and experience with the items.

Tuesday, April 28, 2015

#EpicBelle Crochet Hook WINNERS

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Saturday, April 18, 2015

#EpicBelle Crochet Hooks Review and Giveaway, Three Winners! Ends April 27, 2015

I've been crocheting since I was a little girl. My Nanie taught me how to make chains by the time I was five. She ALWAYS had a hook in her hand.

I stopped crocheting for quite a long time after she died, but I've picked it up again.

A few weeks ago, I was given the opportunity to test out some new, ergonomic crochet hooks and I was delighted to accept!

These are hooks from Epic Belle.  I love them!

 Ergonomic padded handles, bright colours, smooth, clean hooks (No burrs to snag the yarn).  The sizes run from 2.0 mm (Size A) to 6.0 mm (Size J). This range should meet all of your crochet hook needs.

After using them for a couple of weeks, I can tell you that I've noticed a marked improvement in crocheting. The comfort grip handles conform nicely to your fingers and help prevent hand-cramps. For me, this allows me to hold the hook more firmly, therefore my stitches appear more even and the tension is much more uniform.

I am very pleased with the Epic Belle Hooks and will be using them for a very long time.

How about a demonstration from yours truly?  *DO NOT LAUGH! ;) *

You may purchase the 9-Piece Epic Belle Crochet Hook Set at at the low price of just $14.99!

You may connect with Epic Belle on their website and social media pages:
Facebook and Pinterest.

The lovely folks at Epic Belle have generously offered one of my readers the chance to own this amazing set!  Just follow the entry instructions below for your chance to enter to win!

Open to USA, 18+, No PO Boxes. Three Winners. Giveaway ends 4/27/2015. ALL entries are verified.

I received a set of #EpicBelle Crochet Hooks for the purpose of this review. I received no monetary compensation. The opinions expressed herein are my own and based on my own use of and experience with the item.

Wednesday, December 31, 2014


A very happy, peaceful, and safe New Year to you all!
May the days of 2015 be Blessed.

Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And ne'er brought to mind?
Should auld acquaintance be forgot,
And auld lang syne?

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

And surely ye'll be your pint-stowp,
And surely I'll be mine,
We'll tak a cup o kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

We twa hae run aboot the braes,
And pou'd the gowans fine,
But we've wander'd monie a weary fit'
Sin auld lang syne.

For auld lang syne, my dear,
For auld lang syne,
We'll tak a cup of kindness yet,
For auld lang syne!

We twa hae paidl'd in the burn
Frae morning sun till dine,
But seas between us braid hae roar'd
Sin auld lang syne.

And here's a hand, my trusty fiere,
And gie's a hand o' thine,
We'll tak a right guid-willie waught,
For auld lang syne.

Wednesday, December 24, 2014


And it came to pass in those days,
that there went out a decree from Caesar Augustus
that all the world should be taxed.

(And this taxing was first made when Cyrenius was governor of Syria.)

And all went to be taxed, every one into his own city.
And Joseph also went up from Galilee, out of the city of Nazareth,
into Judaea, unto the city of David,
which is called Bethlehem;
(because he was of the house and lineage of David)
To be taxed with Mary his espoused wife, being great with child.

And so it was, that, while they were there,
the days were accomplished that she should be delivered.
And she brought forth her firstborn son,
and wrapped him in swaddling clothes,
and laid him in a manger; because there was no room for them in the inn.

And there were in the same country shepherds abiding in the field, keeping watch over their flock by night.

And, lo, the angel of the Lord came upon them,
and the glory of the Lord shone round about them
and they were sore afraid.

And the angel said unto them,
"Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy,
which shall be to all people.
For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour,
which is Christ the Lord.
And this shall be a sign unto you;
Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes,
lying in a manger. "

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God, and saying,

"Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace, good will toward men."