Hey everyone :)
Are you familiar with the Furls luxury crochet hooks?
I’ve seen them floating around Facebook a couple of times, and I was always intrigued. Handmade hooks with a unique shape, that promised to be gentle on your hand and wrist, and have you crocheting for hours and hours, made out of wood.
Now, they were always seriously out of my budget. The wood hooks sell for around $75, and I don’t know about you, but that’s a little more than I’d like to spend on a crochet hook! But then, Furls came out with a new line of hooks; the same unique design, but made out of polyresin instead of wood. This was reflected in the price: $40 instead of $75!
Now, $40 is still a lot of money for a tool. But this isn’t just any tool, this is a tool that I use on a daily basis. So why not splurge, and spend a little to get the best? Crocheting is my job, after all! :)
After a look at my crochet hook collection I decided that the size that I use the most is a G hook, 4mm. So on May 27th, I ordered a Furls Candy Shop crochet hook in the ‘flavor’ Grape, G/4mm. It was shipped by June 18th, and reached my doorstep around June 26th. The mail man didn’t give me the package right away though, I had to pay him first. Huh? But I thought I already paid for this hook when I bought it online? Yes, he said, you did, but it went through Customs, so you have to pay an additional fee of 30 Euros.
Ouch. So far, I hadn’t even seen the crochet hook, and it already cost me over $70! After I paid the mail man and received the package, I was stoked to finally open it.
This crochet hook is really a thing of beauty if you ask me :) It’s very comfortable to hold, and I couldn’t wait to try it out!
I grabbed some yarn and started to work a simple granny square. But soon I found that my tension was off, or something, I don’t know; something was definitely ‘off’. So I grabbed a 4mm hook from my collection (a Clover) and compared the two; the Furls hook was more like a 4.5 or 5mm hook, definitely not a 4mm!
Sigh. For the money I already spent on it, I wanted to be totally happy with my purchase, and I knew that I just wouldn’t use this hook as much as I wanted to, because it wasn’t the right size at all.
So I emailed the Furls people, and they were happy to help out! I returned my 4mm Grape hook, and they sent me a 3.75mm Blue Raspberry hook. And this time, it was perfect! :)
I quickly hooked up a granny square and thank goodness, the size was just right, as was my tension. I was relieved! :)
This hook is truly very comfortable. It’s not too heavy but also not too light, and it fits your hand perfectly, whether you’re a knife or a pencil.
Something that I really had to get used to though was the roundness of the hook. With my other hooks, the handle has a clear place for your thumb, or it’s flat entirely, so there’s only one way to hold it. With this hook, you really have to look how the actual hook is positioned, and this takes a little practice. Because of this, I also have to tension my yarn a little tighter than I normally would, because it slips off the hook. But again, after practice, this gets easier.
My final verdict is this: if you’re a full time crocheter, or someone who hooks on a regular basis, a Furls hook might just be what the doctor ordered. It’s very easy on your hands and wrists, and it makes it near impossible for you to get cramped hands after a few hours of crocheting. It might not be in everyone’s budget, but it is something that you will use regularly, and that, to me, merits the price of $40.
If you want a Furls Candy Shop crochet hook too, you can get one from their website. Here you can read lots of testimonials, as well as check out the more higher end wooden crochet hooks. The Candy Shop hooks come in sizes F (3.75mm), G(4mm), H(5mm) and I(5.5mm).
I know I really love my new hook; would you ever consider getting a Furls hook?
ps This post wasn’t sponsored by Furls, it is just my honest opinion.