Friday, September 05, 2014

INTERNATIONAL CROCHET DAY HOOK WINNER IS.....


AMBER

AMBER WAS PICKED BY A RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR.  HERE IS HER HIGHLY APPROPRIATE WINNING COMMENT 

"I will be crocheting AND wearing a crocheted sweater or cardigan. People need to actually see the beautiful, drapey fabric that can be achieved with a hook."    


Amber

Thanks to all who entered!  Hope your International Crochet Day was filled with hooking fun.
Jimbo
PS  A fresh hook auction will be following VERY shortly! 



TELL ME HOW YOU'RE GOING TO PROMOTE CROCHET ON INTERNATIONAL CROCHET DAY (SEPT. 12) AND YOU COULD WIN THIS HOOK!

ABOUT INTERNATIONAL CROCHET DAY (ICD):

ICD WAS CREATED 7 YEARS AGO TO PROMOTE THE FINE AND GENTLE ART OF CROCHET.  SINCE THEN ICD HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED WORLD WIDE AS A DAY FOR CROCHETIERS TO PUBLICLY  ENCOURAGE CROCHET BY TEACHING OTHERS, ORGANIZING CROCHET EVENTS, BLOGGING, TWEETING, CHIRPING, SMOKE SIGNALLING, SKY WRITING OR JUST PLAIN SITTING ON THE BUS AND WORKING MAGIC WITH YOUR HOOK, ALL THE WHILE INSPIRING OTHERS TO TAKE UP THE ART.   HALLMARK HASN'T YET RECOGNIZED THE HOLIDAY; BUT IT'S CERTAINLY WORTHY OF A CARD.   MAYBE NEXT YEAR.

ABOUT THE 2014 HOOK:

NOT TO DROP NAMES, BUT IF YOU HAVE ACCESS TO THE SUMMER 2014 ISSUE OF "INTERWEAVE CROCHET" AND GO TO PAGE 9, YOU'LL SEE THE SISTER OF THIS HOOK.   BOTH SISTERS ARE MADE OF WOOD FROM THE ANCIENT APPLE TREE THAT INSPIRED THE BIRTH OF JIMBO HOOKS. THIS GENEROUS OLD TREE STILL  DONATES APPLES TO DEER, BEAR, SHADES THE CHIPMUNKS AND GIVES ME IT'S LATE BRANCH WOOD FOR JIMBO HOOKS.  IT STANDS SENTINEL  JUST DOWN THE HILL FROM JIMBO'S FRONT PORCH, A VERY SPECIAL TREE FROM A VERY SPECIAL PLACE.
THE FOOT IS FLATTENED TO ALLOW THE HOOK TO STAND ON DISPLAY, WITH BITS OF IT'S RUSTIC ORIGIN SHOWING HERE AND THERE.  IT STANDS 8 1/4 INCHES TALL AND IS AN "L" (8MM).
THE BOTTOM SURFACE OF THE HOOK IS HAND SIGNED "2014 ICD BY JIMBO"  ALONG WITH THE HOOK SIZE (L).

ABOUT THE CONTEST:
YOU CAN ENTER THE CONTEST BY COMMENTING IN THIS BLOG, OR BY EMAILING ME AT JIMBOCROCHETWHITTLER@YAHOO.COM  , INDICATING YOUR INTENTIONS FOR PROMOTING CROCHET ON INTERNATIONAL CROCHET DAY.  PLEASE ENTER ONLY ONCE.

 BECAUSE I'LL BE AWAY ON ICD, THE CONTEST WILL BE EXTENDED, ENDING AT MIDNIGHT, SEPT 14, 2014 PACIFIC STANDARD TIME.  ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WINNER WILL HAVE TO BE DELAYED UNTIL SEPT 15.

THIS IS AN INTERNATIONAL CONTEST SO CONTESTANTS FROM ABROAD ARE WELCOME!

GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY INTERNATIONAL CROCHET DAY

Jimbo

ps. if you're interested, hooks are being auctioned in the post below

Wednesday, September 03, 2014

The Old Hook Maker Returns.. (AUCTION IS OVER FOR NOW..)..

A post at long last!!  
Of late I've had a serious case of Blogger Block, but I'm determined to get back on the horse and ride all the way down to the old apple tree, pick up a stick, and release the inner hook; then write a post about the adventure.  So it is said, so it will be done (ok maybe without the horse).
  I'm also determined, as promised, to put some hooks up for bids.  But first.... you want to see the transformation  of a shed branch from the old apple tree (lower left corner of the photo below) to a remarkable crochet hook?  You do!  Ok take a look.


 What you see above is a little stick that was likely pruned from the old apple tree by a bear, a deer, a cow, snow or wind.  However it was shed from the tree, I found it on the ground, looked to see if it had hook possibilities and got out the old whittling knife.  Here's the result.
A really beautiful piece of wood was hiding under that rough bark.  All it took to release the inner hook was a bit imagination followed by whittling, sanding and plenty of polishing.  The results are pretty amazing, eh?   I was so inspired, that I made more, right there on the Front Porch.  Sort of went back to my hook making roots.  It felt good.  And it feels good to be back.  Hope you haven't given up on me.

I'll be adding photos here hopefully today of hooks like this and maybe some turned ones too, for sale at auction.

AUCTION, FIRST PART IS OVER AS OF 10PM TONIGHT, 9/6/2014  THANK YOU FOR YOUR BIDS.  WINNIN BIDDERS PLEASE CONSIDER PAYING V IA PAYPAL BY CLICKING ON THE "MAKE A DONATION" BOX IN THE LEFT HAND MARGIN OF THIS BLOG.  PLEASE INCLUDE $2.50 EXTRA FOR SHIPPING IN YOUR PAYMENT AND BE SURE TO PROVIDE THE ADDRESS WHERE THE HOOKS SHOULD BE MAILED.
THANKS AGAIN EVERYONE FOR DROPPING BY.  THOSE WHO DIDN'T FIND SOMETHING TO BID ON, PLEASE CHECK BACK, I'LL BE ADDING MORE HOOKS TO THIS POST FOR ANOTHER AUCTION VERY SOON.
JIMBO


Somehow I figured out how to label the hooks in the picture!  Cool, huh.
Ok so we'll start with noting that all these hooks with the exception of hook E came from the old apple tree.  Hook E, I think, came from one of the Aspen trees just north of the old apple tree.  ALL of these hooks are genuine original  and hand carved by Jimbo while sitting on the Front porch on the ranch on Deadman Creek.  Wish you could have been there.  Twas a beautiful evening and the shavings curled perfectly.
So here we go.

Hook A is the hook with the little story above.  A beauty from a beast of a stick.  Sizewise it's an H (5mm) and it's 6 1/2 inches long.

Hook B is another beauty, but a little smaller. Overhand Lefties will love this one. It's a G (4mm) and is  6 inches long.

Hook C is a 7 (4.5mm) and a bit over 7 inches long.  I love the foot end on this one.  Looks a bit like a pony hoof.

Hook D is an L (a wee bit short of 8mm) and tips the tape at 7 inches.  You'll spend lots of time just turning this one around in your hand to see all the surprising grain and cambium features.

Hook E escaped from a Aspen branch that fell on the Porch.  Must have had hopes for becoming a hook, so I helped it out.  It's a K (6.5mm) and is 7 1/4 inches long.

Hook F is an H (5mm) and is another beauty.  This one has a foot shaped foot.  I like it!.  It's 6 3/4 inches of old apple tree beauty.

Hook G has a little graceful knee bend toward the foot end that snuggles against the heel of the hand when crocheting.  It's  a J (6mm) and 7 inches long as the crow flies; a bit longer if you count the bends.

So there you have it for this part of the auction... a friendly bunch of hooks all made completely by hand and just waiting to inspire you to venture out and crochet amazing things.  Any one of these hooks are guaranteed to get second looks from your crochet buddies.

Note please that this is the first part of an auction.  I'll be posting more hooks for your bidding pleasure soon.

You can place your bids by simply emailing me at jimbocrochetwhittler@yahoo.com
As always, please increase bids by $5 minimum.  First received bids will be favored in the case of a tie. I'll try to post bids as they come in, however I can't be at the computer at all times so I beg your understanding.
The auction will end this coming Saturday, Sept. 6 at 10pm Pacific time.

Happy bidding, and thanks for your patience!!
Jimbo

Bids:

Hook A
Sherri bids $10

Hook B
Carla goes $15

Hook C
Michelle goes $10

Hook D
Sherri's here with $10
Carrie raises it to $20

Hook E
Susan goes $10
Michelle bids $15

Hook F
Susan with $10

Hook G
And Sherri again with $10
Carrie takes it to $20
Doug comes in under the wire with $40!

Thursday, June 12, 2014

I'm ALIVE!!!


Please forgive me for not posting for so long.  Lots of new things have been happening, mainly health wise, that have made a slow old whittler even slower.  Shingles and angioplasty, is enough to say without boring you and getting too much into "poor Jimbo" self pity.  But I do have to give HUGE thanks to my family, friends, and to the amazingly caring staff at Sacred Heart hospital here in Spokane.
So I'm back and as soon as they let me, (probably by early next week) I'm going to re-dedicate myself to making heirloom quality crochet hooks for auction here in the blog.  I really appreciate you guys hanging in with me.  I mean afterall it's really been a LONG time since I posted anything, let alone started a hook auction.  I intend to remedy that.
Grateful for your patience,
Jimbo
Oh and a HUGE PS...... If you've an interest, check out page 9 of the 2014 Summer issue of Interweave Crochet!  I'm honored to have such a prestigious publication recognize Jimbo  hooks.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

ANOTHER REVOLUTIONARY HOOK FROM JIMBO'S RESEARCH CENTER (AND HOOKS UP FOR AUCTION)

auction is over!  I'll be contacting winners in the morning with payment and shipping info.
thanks to all who dropped by!
Jimbo



WHAT DAY IS IT?????  
APRIL 1 AND WHAT DO WE HAVE ON APRIL 1?
 WE HAVE THE ANNUAL JIMBO'S 
REVOLUTIONARY HOOK DESIGN


2 HEADS, 2 SHANKS, ONE HANDLE EQUALS LOTS OF POSSIBILITIES EH?




IMAGINE TWO YARNS, ONE ON EACH HOOK, CROSS THEM OVER CROCHET WITH BOTH TOGETHER.... OH THE POSSIBILITIES
AND OH, TODAY IS APRIL FOOLS DAY!!
CREDIT IS DUE HERE TO THE REAL ORIGINATOR OF THIS IDEA, DEE STANZIANO WHO SUGGESTED THAT SOMEDAY I SHOULD CREATE A "SLINGSHOT" SHAPED CROCHET HOOK.  I MODIFIED THE IDEA TO MAKE PARALLEL HOOK SHANKS.  THANK YOU DEE!!
VISIT DEE AT http://www.crochetwithdee.com/

AND WE HAVE A NEW AUCTION... HOOKS ARE UP FOR BIDS, SEE DETAILS BELOW
Auction time!

Lets get right to it, eh?  Starting from the left, the Egg hook we'll call hook #1 and work our way across to the Noste on the far right.

So... Hook #1 is an eggolicious N+  (10.25mm) that is made of a wood I can't tell you much about because I forgot it's name.  Looks a bit like Mahogany but much denser and harder.  Overall length is 5 1/2 inches.  Egg hooks are the rage for folks who have a bit of arthritis or other grip problems because the egg part is very easy to hold in the palm.

Hook #2 I know about.  It's made of smoked maple.  Very pretty and VERY chatoyant.  Looks like you can see into the grain oh about a 1/16th inch, and every which way you turn it, different grain patterns emerge.  Beautiful.  Size?  It's big (14mm)  and just shy of 8 inches long.

Hook #3 is made from Red Heart.  A bit different chunk of Red Heart than I'm used to, but pretty.  Seems to be a bit more dense than the Red Hearts I've worked with so it might have been taken from a slower growth tree.  Very pretty and again with a very evident bit of chatoyance.  It's a K (6.5mm) and is 7 5/8 inches long.

Hook #4 is a Cocobolo beauty.  This is about as exotic as you get, wood wise.  You just don't find much prettier grain that is useful as hook wood.  AND Cocobolo will vary in color.  The piece you see is THE most beautiful, in my humble opinion.  You can clearly see the wildly distinctive grain colors on this side of the hook.  The other side won't disappoint either.  Size?  It's an L (8mm) and is 7 3/4 inches long.

Hook #5 is for you die hard Boye fans who might also like to own a Jimbo hook.  This one is made of the same Cocobolo as Hook #4, only with an anodized aluminum Boye hook inserted.  The hook is an F (3.75mm) and is 7 inches long.  Are you thinking, "Jimbo you copped out and went the easy way by inserting a metal hook in a wood handle".  Aw contrair!  It's every bit as time consuming to make an insert hook as it is to make wood hooks.  Why'd I do it?  Well because its VERY difficult to make a wood hook with a true Boye head.  So there.

Hook #6 is even bigger.  Made of Pacific Yew, this hook is a knockout color and grain contrast wise.  Yew, as you may know is useful for many things.  It has medicinal properties (Yew bark contains "taxol", a cancer fighting drug).  It has also been used historically for making archery bows because of it's resilience.  But you and I know it's also really wonderful for big hooks because it's strong yet light.  This one sizes up at 16.4mm (in the Q range) and is remarkably light weight for it's length (8 3/4 inches)

Hook #7 isn't a hook.  It's a Nostepenne.  You know about Nostepenne's (we shorten the name to "Noste")?  A noste is a hand tool used for winding yarn.  A really cool tool, and fun to use.  This one is made of Ash and has a winding surface that is 5 inches long and tapers from a diameter of 17mm to 12.25mm at the small end.  The handle is 3 1/2 inches long, bringing the overall length to 8 1/2 inches if my math is correct.  Handy little tools, Nostes.  And when you aren't using them for yarn winding, they make handy hair rollers.  heh  just kidding.

Ok there we have it.  Lets get to the bidding info.  You can place your bids by emailing me at
jimbocrochetwhittler@yahoo.com .  I'll post bids here as they come in.  If you are outbid, and want to bid again, please increase the bid by a minimum of $5.  I'm not at the computer round the clock so your bid might not be posted right away, but not to worry.  I'll post them as soon as I can.  Tying bids will be resolved in favor of the earliest received email.
Oh and lets let this auction run till 10pm Pacific on give this auction  Sunday, April 6th.

And thanks for your patience.  I know I've slowed down a bit with the auctions.  My heart's in the right place, but my hands are moving a bit slower these days.

Jimbo

Bids:

Hook #1
Mona was egged on to bid $20

Hook #2
Doug goes $20
Karin bumps it to $30

Hook #3
Nicole goes $25

Hook #4
Doug's in for $30

Hook #5
Debbie does $30

Hook #6
Karin goes $25

Noste:
Doug here too.. $30

Thursday, February 13, 2014

I'm BACK! Let the contest and Auction continue!! (both end tonight Feb. 17th at 10pm)

My mind, like the sun in this pretty picture, is setting.  Or so it seems more and more lately.  As it turns out, we were away, up at the Ranch this week-end starting Friday (Valentine's Day) so I wasn't be here to announce a winner OR to post bids in the auction.  I'm caught up now and ready for your contest entry or hook bids. The contest and Auction  will close tonight, Monday Feb. 17th at 10pm.  Please email me your hook bids for the auction (see the post below this one) at jimbocrochetwhittler@yahoo.com  and post your entries in the belated Valentine Hook giveaway by commenting in the post below or emailing me at the above link.

I'm grateful for your patience and sorry for my lapse.
Jimbo

Sunday, February 09, 2014

VALENTINE CROCHET HOOK AND HOOK AUCTION is OVER! and the winner of the 2014 Jimbo Valentine hook is......Debbie Oliver!!!


First off, here's the 2014 version of the annual Valentine Jimbo Hook.  It's made of Maple, with a hand shaped Red Heart inlay set in a polished matrix of brass filings.  Pretty?  It could be yours!  My Valentine gift to you.  All you need do is either enter a comment to this post, OR email me.  Please only ONE entry per person. The contest will close at 10pm Pacific time on Valentine's Day. Monday, Feb,. 17th
A personal note.  Of the Valentine Hooks I've made and gave away, this one was the most challenging, so I'm hoping there will be lots of interest and entries.
Good luck!


And now for the AUCTION!

A fine bunch of hooks from a fine selection of wood.  I'll detail each below.  You can examine each hook in the separate photos and email your bids, identifying your hook choice(s) by number, and your bid amount to jimbocrochetwhittler@yahoo.com .  I'll post bids as they come in just as soon as I can.  Please increase bids by $5.00 minimum.
We'll run the auction till Sunday Feb. 16th  Monday Feb. 17th and end it at 10pm Pacific Time...  Ok here we go.....

Hook #1
This is the first of several bear pruned Deadman Crick Apple Wood hooks in this auction.  I was able to collect a remarkable assortment of highly figured wood from this past apple harvest and this one is a prime example.  Highly contrasting grain sets these hooks apart from any other apple wood you'll find, at least as far as my experience goes.  This hook is a K (6.5mm) and is 7.25 inches long.

Bids:
Jane bids $20


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Hook #2
Hand carved genuine Deadman Crick Apple Wood.  Just so I wouldn't loose the touch, I hand carved a hook from this interesting piece of wood that the bear selected while going for apples.  I carved it for another reason.  I wanted to leave the little bug tracks that you often find under the bark of hardwood branches.  The little bug trails are visible in the picture if you click to enlarge the image.  Interesting.  I guarantee there are no bugs left in the hook, if you're wondering; just trails.  Oh and I left the knife marks on a finger grip that you see opposite the thumb rest.  An amazing piece.  It's a tweener size (hand carved hooks often are), between a K and a J at 7.25mm.  7.5 inches of true rustic Jimbo.

Bids:
Suzanne bids $30


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Hook #3
Another fine example of the old Apple tree's best.  I even made the base of this one a little larger in case you'd like to put the hook on display when it's not being used for crochet.  Fantastic grain contrast and color on this bear harvested stick.  Please note that the color in the picture is not the same as the actual color.  I couldn't squeeze the picture editor to get the shades right, so I ask that you picture the reds as more of a dark brown and the blonds as a bit more brown as well.  Sorry.  But I doubt very much that you'll be disappointed.  This hook is a K (6.5mm) and is 7.25 inches long.

Bids:
Nila bids $20
Debbie K. goes $30



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Hook #4
And for something different, Lilac!  I salvaged this piece of Lilac from my friend, Dickie's trimmings.  Amazing grain structure, all the way down to the CA hardened pith (done to bring the pith up to the hardness of the surrounding wood.  Well worth the effort.  Size is F (3.75mm) and 7.5 inches long.

Bids:
Kathy bids $25
Diana bumps up:  $30
Barbara takes it way up to $60



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Hook #5
A Bloodwood Beauty.  Nope this one didn't come from the Ranch.  Bloodwood is one of the hardest and prettiest woods that I work with, and this one is a prime example of the best, with pretty subtle contrasting grain figure.  It's a 7 (4.5mm) and is 7.25 inches long.

Bids:
Sarah bids $25
Diana takes it to $30
Barbara's here with $65





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Hook #6
And another beauty from the old Apple tree, bear selected Jimbo made.  Note the little flame of contrasting grain at the heel.  This one's a K (6.5mm) and is 6.5 inches long.  

Bids:
Rhonda C goes $20.00.




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Hook #7
And another Deadman Crick Hook.  Whew who'd a thunk so many crochet hooks would evolve from the old ranch up on the Crick.  I think I've made more hooks from up there than all the chickens we raised.  This one keeps a bit of the character of the branch that was pruned from the tree by a bear while he/she was climbing for apples.  Had a good number of branches pruned that way last year, maybe because the apple crop was better.  Anyways, this hook is an I (5.5mm) and is 7 inches long.

Bids:
Regina is in first with $25
Diana's here with $30
Barbara!  $60

Monday, December 09, 2013

Jimbo's Annual CRIMMIS HOOK CONTEST and auction..AND FREE BONUS PATTERN! CONTEST AND AUCTION ARE CLOSED

THE WINNER OF THE 2013 JIMBO CRIMMIS HOOK IS...... PATRICIA DAVIS!!
BIDDERS PLEASE CHECK BELOW AND SEE IF YOU WERE HIGH BIDDER.  HIGH BIDDERS PLEASE CONSIDER USING PAYPAL BY CLICKING ON THE LITTLE BOX IN THE LEFT MARGIN OF THIS BLOG PAGE MARKED "MAKE A DONATION" ... OR IF YOU'D LIKE TO PAY OTHERWISE PLEASE EMAIL ME AND WE'LL MAKE OTHER ARRANGEMENTS.
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED AND BID!  AND A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!!

JIMBO

Tis the Season, and late as I am (please forgive me) we're doing a contest to give away the Crimmis Hook you see at the top of this picture.  The rest of the hooks below we'll auction off in the usual way.
First the contest.. you can enter either by commenting here or by emailing me at
jimbocrochetwhittler@yahoo.com   (same email address for bidding on hooks)

This year's Crimmis hook is made from figured maple and sports a very real red Christmas tree light bulb at it's foot end.  The bulb of course doesn't light (no room for an extension cord).... but it can be removed for crocheting comfort.

We'll run the contest until Dec. 18 and hope to get the hook to the deserving winner in time for a little Christmas crocheting!  Enter simply by commenting or emailing me a little note.  I'll select the winner at random at 10pm Pacific Time on the 18th.  Please only enter once.

And for the auction!  Lets look at the hooks starting from the left.

Hook #1 is, I think, made from Bloodwood, a beautiful two tone hardwood that makes wonderful crochet hooks.  This one is an I (5.5mm) and is 6 5/8 inches long.

Hook #2 is Rosewood!  It's an H (5mm) and is 7 1/4 inches long.  Rosewood!

Hook #3 a mystery wood, but very pretty and very hard.  Might be another form of Rosewood but that's a lame guess.    It's another I (5.5mm) and is 7 inches long.

Hook #4 is my fave.... maybe because it's made from wood that was "bear" harvested from the old apple tree up on the ranch.  It's an amazingly figured hook with beautifully contrasting grain color.  Unique for it's origin and color.  It's an L (8mm) and is 7 3/4 inches long.

If I can muster the time to make more hooks, I'll add them to this post by edit.  Can't promise much  because the weather's so cold (was an even zero up at the ranch yesterday), and I've been caregiving for the past few months while Karol recovers from two hip operations.

So lets run the auction until Dec. 15 (correction... DEC.18), ending at 10pm that night so I can hopefully get the hooks in the mail in time for gifting if that's what you'd like to do.  Please increase bids by $5 minimum.  I try to post bids as they come in, but expect to be away from time to time, so please be patient... I'll post bids as soon as I can.

Thanks folks, and Merry Christmas!!

Bids:

Hook #1
Yvonne bids $30


Hook #2
Debbie goes $25
Amy G bumps it up to $35
Wendy says $40


Hook #3
Doug bids $30
Patricia elevates it to $35
Doug's back with $40


Hook #4
Paula is first with $25
Arabelle bids $35
Debbie takes it to $40
Doug jumps in with $45


And a Bonus!  Free pattern


See the white garland in the picture?  Karol made that with a Jimbo H hook.  Here's the pattern.  Warning, this pattern is easier than it looks.

Yarn:  finally a good use for FUN FUR,  your choice of color, one skein per garland

Hook:  Jimbo, H - P, your choice... preferably the Jimbo Crimmis hook won in the contest above.

Pattern:   Chain till the end of the skein then tie off.

cool eh?