Thursday, April 16, 2015

ANOTHER AUCTION COMING SOON.... A PREVIEW HERE

SOME EXOTIC WOOD BEAUTIES...



AND SOME AMAZING DOMESTICS

AND IF THAT ISN'T  ENOUGH, CHECK OUT THE OTHER SIDE...

AND THEN THERE'S THIS....

AND THE OTHER SIDE..
AND IN THE HAND...


Yup I've been a busy whittler lately.  Got the old hook making mojo back, I'm happy to say.  Lots of personal stuff's been happening and not all of it so good but making hooks is real therapy for me and here you have some of the results.

I'll edit this post again, probably this coming Tuesday to get the auction running, mainly because I have to be away for a few days and won't be near the computer.  But these hooks will all be up for bids if you've such a notion.  I just HAD to show you what's been coming off the porch lately....

Back soon.  Y'all take care, and have a great week-end!

Jimbo

Monday, April 13, 2015

Clever Crochet Tool I just found....

So of course I had to make one.....

Ever see anything like this??  Might be kind of fun.  Should I put it up for bids???
Let me know your thoughts if you've a notion.  Meanwhile the April Auction / Hook giveaway continues on in the post below this one.  AND another auction's coming soon.   Hooooo Eeeeee!


just found out this tool was produced by Ktel (remember those Ktel adds on TV?)  Fascinating.  See a youtube link to the add here....
The add makes it all look so easy.  I bet that's not quite the case though.  Whadaya think?

Wednesday, April 08, 2015

April Crochet hook Auction and Hook give-away contest

Auction is OVER !  so is the contest and the winner is DAVID 

High bidders please consider paying by way of paypal, simply by clicking on the little yellow box in the left hand margin labled "Make a Donation".  Please include $2.50 extra for shipping in your payment. I'll try to get your hook in the mail right away.

Thanks again for a super auction, Bidders!  There will be another auction very shortly, I promise!
Jimbo


Lets start with these. ok?  We have an eclectic bunch of hook materials and sizes here for your bidding pleasure.
Lets start with the hook lying in the foreground.  We'll call it hook #1.  This one is a Jimbo hand carved rustic apple wood (Deadman Crick Apple wood, that is)  "M" (9mm) hook.  This hook was carved from a branch section that I quartered into several pieces.  The top side of the handle, as you see, is fairly flat except for the indented thumb rest.  The back side keeps the natural shape of the branch and a bit of the cambium layer.  This is a very comfortable and interesting looking hook.
Moving up to the upright hooks, starting with the one on the far left, we have hook

#2.  This hook is also Deadman Crick Apple, but this piece is spalted, with contrasting beautiful blond and copper colors.  Sizewise this is a 7mm (between a K and an L) and stands proud and tall at 8 1/2 inches long. This is one of just a few very few totally unique spalted apple hooks, A very rare collection.

Moving to the right we have a highly figured and chatoyant maple hook #3.  Remember those little plastic pictures that you could look at and see one image, and that image would be replaced with another when you tipped the picture a certain way?  Well that's what this hook is like.  It's amazing and beautiful at the same time.  It's a K (6.5mm) and stands 7 7/8 inches tall.

Another step to the right brings us to a very pretty hook #4, made of that same amazing optically mystifying figured maple.  Big and beautiful it is.  A size Q* that stands up at 8 1/4 inches.
*Note that this is a Q as measured on my Lacis crochet hook gauge, which also gives the size in millimeters: 13mm, which is quite different than the 15 - 16mm Q sizes given by other hook manufacturers.  Interesting eh?  I sure wish they would get their acts together and standardize hook sizes.  So you can have a Q like this one which measures 13mm or a Q measured by another manufacturer that is 16mm.  BIG difference.  Ah but I rant on and this is supposed to be a fun auction.  Lets move on.

Hook #5 is a totally new development in my "Egg" hook line; an Egg hook that stands up!  You see it standing in the photo.  Convenient and showy (even has a bit of a saucy lean, slightly to the right), this hook still fits the hand like a glove and just might be the answer to a crochetier's prayer who needs a hook for sore hand/wrist.  I've had customers tell me they thought they'd have to give up crocheting until they tried one of my egg hooks.  They're just so easy to grip in the palm of the hand.  So this one is a "M" (9mm) and stands 5 inches tall.  The first of a new Jimbo line!

Hook #6 is another biggie.  It weighs in at 13.5mm and is 8 1/8 inches of hookalicious spalted Apple... the last one from the chunk of spalted apple wood I got from the old tree up on the Crick (told you they'd be rare, eh?)   I tapered the cheeks of this one to ease the sliding motion of the yarn loop onto the shank. This should be a very nice hook to work with, not to mention its beauty and rarity.

So there we have it, for now; 6 hooks and they're up for bids.
Bidding rules:  We'll run the auction for 7 days, ending up at 10pm on Wednesday, April 15th.  Please email your bids to me at jimbocrochetwhittler@yahoo.com .

Tying bids will be resolved in favor of the first received.

I do take "Proxy" bids if you choose to do that as well but if we get a tie on highest proxy bid, resolution will again be in favor of the first bid received, but in this case I'll notify the later bidder of the situation.

Please increase bids by $5 minimum.

Let the auction begin!

bids:

Hook #1
Cynthia bids $25
David goes $35
Cynthia counters with $40
David bumps it up $45
Cynthia's right back with $50

Hook #2
Cathy goes $30
Pauline bids $35
Cathy's back with $40
David  with $45
Cathy goes to $50

Hook#3
Doug is loath to see a lonesome hook without a bid .... $30
Thank you, Doug, and #3 thanks you too.
Brenda likes #3 too.... $35
Niki takes it to $40
Brends goes to $45


Hook #4
Cynthia bids $25
Doug goes $45



Hook#5
Oops, I put Cynthia's original bid in the wrong place
corrected here
Cynthia, $25
Vikki Raises to $50!
Cynthia holds up her bid paddle.. $55
David raises it to $70


Hook #6
Doug is back with $40




AND NOW FOR THE HOOK GIVE AWAY CONTEST 

I've decided to give away the other egg hook you see in my earlier post.  Here, I'll blow it up and show it to you again so you'll know what you're entering for....


A beauty of an egg hook, albeit done in the old rounded bottom style.  This is a beautiful chatoyant "H" (5mm) eggstyle Jimbo hook that's 5 1/2 inches long.  Wanted to try an egg hook but hesitated to buy one?  Well if you are the chosen one, you'll get this one FREE!
I'm going to favor my followers by automatically entering them, but you don't need to be on the follower list to enter, just post a comment to this post.  If that doesn't work, simply email me with a little note telling me of your wish to enter the contest and I'll post your entry.  Only one entry per person, please.
We'll run the contest the same time as the auction above, with a drawing at 10pm Pacific Time on April 15th.
Thanks for all your patience and support!
Jimbo


Wednesday, April 01, 2015

Crochet Hook REVOLUTION!! and preview of upcoming auction






WILL THE CROCHET WORLD EVER BE THE SAME AGAIN???
AFTER MINUTES OF EXTENSIVE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT
JIMBO ENTERS THE WORLD OF HIGH TEK 
SOCIAL MEDIA MEETS CROCHET
THE RESULTS?
READY FOR IT??

OK!  I GIVE YOU.....
FACEHOOK!!
THE WORLD'S FIRST AND MOST ASTOUNDING MARRIAGE OF SOCIAL MEDIA AND THE CROCHET HOOK.  
WHAT, YOU ASK, WILL THIS AMAZING MARRIAGE PRODUCE?
SELFIES?  WELL DUH
PATTERN RECOGNITION?  OH YEAH
STITCH COUNTING?  UH HUH
YARN SELECTION
TENSION DETECTION
REAL TIME PROJECT QUESTION/ANSWER SHARING 
AND YOU'RE THE FIRST TO SEE IT; ANOTHER ASTOUNDING DEVELOPMENT FROM THE LABS HERE ON JIMBO'S FRONT PORCH!  
OH THE HUMANITY!

need I mention April Fools??

and now for some no fooling previews of coming auctions!!  No fooling this time....




You can see I've been busy making "regular" Jimbo hooks while coming up with crochet world shattering inventions.  The good news is all these hooks will be up for auction (unless I decide to have a contest and give one away).  The bad news is I'm going to be away, so you'll need to wait a week for the auction to start.  These pictures are here to hopefully tantalize you and cause you to set your timer to one week when we'll open up bids on a first batch of hooks.  I'll do my best to start an auction on April 8.

See you then!
Jimbo

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

CROCHET SHOULD SMELL SO GOOD...

AUCTION'S OVER, THANKS AND BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME, PAMBO.   AND CONGRATULATIONS DOUG, YOU'RE THE HIGH BIDDER!!

A DECEMBER AUCTION FOR THIS HOOK AND MAYBE OTHERS IF I GET THE TIME

bytheway.... check out the post below for the winner of the 2014 Jimbo Crimmis Hook and click on her link.  You'll be impressed.  I promise.

Ever have a Crochet Hook that smelled good?  This one does.  In fact it smells so good that I left it unfinished so's not to cover up the "bouquet".  The wood?  It's Texas Juniper.  The smell?  Unique and a bit of heaven at least in my senses.  If you've ever smelled aromatic Cedar, like you might have in a hope chest or a cedar lined closet, well this is somewhat similar only vastly better, in my humble view.  I can smell it now as I type and it takes me back to a short vacation we had in Sedona Arizona at the "Junipine Resort".  There Junper grows tree size and folks cut it for their fireplaces.  One night I took a little walk in chilly air and the aroma of smoke from the fireplaces was just, well I can't think of adequate words. That was years ago and I'd go back in a heartbeat just to smell the juniper fireplace smoke.  Wierd  eh?  Not if you've had the experience.  Now I'm not suggesting you burn this hook.. noooo sir-e.  This a a really functional hook and the fact that it isnt coated with an aroma stifling finish doesn't really detract from it's usefulness it's as smooth as your  typical finished Jimbo hook (and that's about as smooth as they come).  So using this hook, as it works against the yarn, will act like a "scratch and sniff".  Don't scratch the hook, though.   Simple rubbing of the hook against a cloth or the yarn will release the aroma.  mmmmmmmmm
Technically, this hook is a Q (16mm).  The head and throat are shaped to make crochet with chunky yarns, and the wood is selected to make your crocheting a multi sensory joy.  It's flat afoot and will stand tall, a full 8 1/4 inches.

   Want to bid on this amazing hook?   Just email me your bids at  jimbocrochetwhittler@yahoo.com  and I'll post them as soon as I get to this keyboard.  We'll make this one run till  10pm December 17th.

   Tying bids will be resolved in favor of the first received.  I do take "Proxy" bids if you choose to do that as well but if we get a tie on highest prosy bid, resolution will again be in favor of the first received but I'll notify the lower bidder of the situation.  Bids increase by $5 minimum.
If I get time I'll edit this post to include more hooks, so please check back if a  good smellin Q isn't on your bucket list...

Bids:
Pambo is here vicariously (tis the season):  $35
Doug's here with $40!






Tuesday, December 02, 2014

THE GREAT 2014 JIMBO CRIMMIS HOOK CONTEST WINNER IS VIKKI HOOKS!! CONGRATULATIONS!!

AND WE HAVE A WINNER!!  CHOSEN BY RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR IS

VIKKI HOOKS

Bytheway... Vikki is a VERY accomplished crochetier.  Didn't know her but I do now, you should take a look at her art at http://byhooks4u.blogspot.com/


     THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED!  IT WAS A GREAT TURNOUT!



HERE'S THE FIRST EVER, ONE OF A KIND, 2014 JIMBO CRIMMIS HOOK CONTEST
AND WE HAVE A FIRST EVER, ONE OF A KIND HOOK TO GIVE AWAY!
CAN YOU SEE THE CROCHET HOOK IN THIS PICTURE???



HAVE YOU BEEN NAUGHTY OR NICE??  NICE?  A LITTLE OF BOTH??  OH GOOD!!!!  I'LL SHOW YOU........



This first of it's kind Jimbo Crimmis Hook could be yours!  To enter the contest, simply comment on this post or if blogger won't let you, just click on... Crimmis Hook 2014  .... I'll post your entry for you.

Rules:
One entry per person, please.
Followers of this blog get two entries IF you tell me in your comment or email that you are a follower AND you really are.
Contest ends Wednesday, Dec. 17th at 10pm Pacific Time.
The winner will be selected at random, but I REALLY like to have comments.

Oh! I don't mean to upstage the auction in the post below.  But there's only one day left for bids (it ends Dec 3 at 10pm) and I wanted to get this contest going as quickly as possible.

Oh yeah about the hook.  That's a very real glass Crimmis light bulb and I made the wood of.... you guessed it..... APPLE.  Physical details dont' matter but just so's you know, the assembled hook and stand are about 7 inches tall and the hook itself is 5 5/8 inches long.  Sizewise it's 7.5mm.   The hook is fully functional and comfy to use (crochets very like an egg hook) but remember it is a glass bulb so be gentle.

Now dash away dash away dash away all... and enter !

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!

JIMBO

Monday, November 17, 2014

LUCKENBACH TEXAS L FROM A VERY NEARBY LIVE OAK*** AND a few more BEAUTIES for BIDS

Auction is OVER!  Yahooo!!  There'll be another coming shortly.  High bidders please consider using paypal by clicking on the little yellow/orange box with the title "make a donation" in the left hand margin of this page and please include shipping ($2.50) to your total.  If you'd like special shipping please let me know.

Thanks !
Jimbo




Ever been to Luckenbach Texas?  If you haven't, you should go.  Everybody's somebody in Luckenbach!  That's what the sign says and I believe it.  Nice folks there.  Of course you've heard the classic cowboy song "Luckenbach Texas"!  No!?  Ok I'll give you a treat,  just click here .  We visited there a few weeks ago and I was able to rescue a stick of Live Oak from the bonfire pile stacked right next to the general store.  Think of it!  A crochet hook from a stick of Live Oak that came from THE actual site where Waylon and Willie and so many other famous Country Artist's have performed.  We went on a weekday and of course didn't get to see anyone famous, but the place is pretty impressive all by itself.  Of course I mosey'd around looking for hook fixins and ended up with this nice piece of  wood that if you hold it up to your ear you just might hear strains of "Blue Eyes Cryin in the Rain".  I won't mention the funny looks I got from folks, me carrying around a hunk of firewood held up to my ear.
Like the area, this hook is rustic.  You see a bit of the original bark on the foot.  You see a few knots here and there a bit of discoloration for character (all smooth, guaranteed).  Ane it's all there to inspire your crochet and have you humming country songs while you're at it.
Technically, this is an 8mm L   hook ( "L" for "Luckenbach" of course); it's Texas tall (8 inches) and is labeled "Lukenbach  L Jimbo" on the base (which permits the hook to stand tall on display).  You'll notice the clever misspelling of Luckenbach on the base, an intentional identifier of  originality in case some low down skunk decides to produce impostors.  Heh, actually that's just a lame excuse for slipping up.  But anyways this hook has big time provenance, especially if you're a connoisseur of Country.  And it can be YOURS if you're the high bidder!  Just email me your bids at jimbocrochetwhittler@yahoo.com and I'll post them as soon as I get to this keyboard.  We'll make this one run till 10pm Tuesday night, November 25th.  Tying bids will be resolved in favor of the first received.  I do take "Proxy" bids if you choose to do that as well but if we get a tie on highest prosy bid, resolution will again be in favor of the first received but I'll notify the lower bidder of the situation.  Bids increase by $5 minimum.
If I get time I'll edit this post to include more hooks, so please check back if Luckenbach doesn't quit tickle your fancy.

Consider your fancy tickled!  I've added more to the pot and these are some of the best yet and they're ALL made of wood grown right here in the USA!  Ok maybe the egg hook isn't but I just couldn't let it languish in my inventory this close to Christmas.
Lets take a look (check close to see the letter lables in the photo)

Hook A is the Egg hook and it's an amazing and extremely rare beauty.  I don't often make an egg hook of an exotic wood because there's a large amount of waste, turning a solid block down to a small hook size; so the expense is high.  But the figure of this wood, and another buyer for the other end of this block made it happen.  This is if I'm thinking right, Cocobolo and the grain is drop dead beautiful.  It's an H and is about 5 inches long.

Hook B.  What can I say?  The photo's not enough, really to show you the amazing grain contrast in this genuine spalted Deadman Crick Apple "O" (12mm) 8 1/4 inch long beauty.  It's going to be a challenge crocheting with this hook cause you'll just want to sit there and look at the wood.  Distracting?  yes.  Eye catching?  Yes is an understatement.  Smooth? Unbelievably so.  Unique?  You'll never come even close to anything like this in the known universe if it didn't come from the same log.  Take a look at the little bowl on the left in the picture.  It's made from the same log.  Now I've a couple more hook blanks from this same log, and they'll make different size sister hooks, but this one's here now and is ready for your bids.

Hook C is a rustic Q (16mm)  in Deadman Crick Bramble. I call it Bramble cause the branches are typically all gnarly and have these deadly inch long thorns that never fail to take a drop or two  blood sample when I'm sawing away.  It's worth it, though, when I find a piece that's straight enough and willing to become a hook.  Ever use a Q hook?  Well this one might just make the top of your list.  The head is shaped specially to let the yarn move smoothly onto the 16mm shank.  Looks rough because I left some of the bark on, but I purposely did that because it's just amazingly beautiful.  Bark if you've noticed is among Mom Nature's best artwork.  Another hook you can get lost in looking at, but don't forget it crochets beautifully too.  Oh yeah, this one's 7 3/4 inches long.

Hook D's another Deadman Crick Apple beauty, and another amazingly beautiful piece of Mother Nature's artwork.  The grain goes between subtle waves and swirls around a knot that's as pretty in my veiw as a mounted gem.   You don't see the knot in the picture and I didn't have time to take another shot (I'm rushing to post these cause I have be away today and tomorrow).  But trust me, this is a spectacular hook.  Oh and it's 5.25mm (a snug H) and is  7 3/4 inches long.
(oops!!!  I got some labeling backwards, which is extra embarrassing since I've had to be away while bids come in.  What WAS hook E is really hook F (the Luckenbach hook).  I'll edit it below to be correct....


Hook?F  I tell you it just keeps getting better and better.  This one is WAY beyond my camera's ability to capture subtle beauty and texture.  It's storebought wood.  Got it from my guy at Windsor who told me it's an "Oregon Mountain Mahogany"  Color is the only thing about this wood that reminds me of mahogany because this is as close to Ebony in density as I've found.  It took several sharpenings of my lathe tools and dulled my carving knives but it's well worth the resharpening effort.  I seriously considered leaving it unfinished because the surface just glistened all by itself.  I relented and applied finish, though just because I never know what kind of humidity the wood will be in.  Grain pattern, color, chatoyance, utterly amazing smoothness, this hook has it all in spades.  And it's a unique size... 11mm  and is 7 3/4 inches long.  Bet you don't have an 11 mm hook, eh?  Well you could if you're high bidder.

Hook F E is the Luckenbach hook.  See my comments above about this rare piece.  I doubt there's ever been a crochet hook made from wood that's been exposed to the music of Waylon, Willie and the boys.

Okey dokey, lets get'er goin!

Bids:
Hook A
Carla changes her mind and goes with A for $35
Susan's a first time bidder!  Welcome!!  And her bid is $45

Hook B
Anamaria goes $25
Monte bumps it up to $30
Carol goes to $40
Diana raises $45

Hook C
Yvonne likes gnarly: $30

Hook D
Mona's here with $20
Dalton raises:  $25
Doug's not messing around.... $40
Dalton bumps it up to $45
Robert with $50

Hook E(Lukenbach!!) Carla breaks the ice with $35
Robert goes $40
Nancy's here with $50

Hook F
Anamaria forgives my confusion and bids $25
Diana bumps to $30
Cathy takes it to $40
Diana's right back with $45

*** With Carla's permission, I've decided to extend the auction a week.  Hate to do that but I've been called away for a spell and won't be near a computer to end the auction.  Hope you'll understand.  The auction will close Wednesday, Dec. 2 3 at 10pm.  Hopefully I can add some hooks to the lonesome Luckenbach hook for a bit more selection.  You can still send in bids but I won't be back for a spell to post them and I apologize for that.