Check out these awesome hooks, books & crooks (just kidding… yarn… I meant yarn. No crooks here!)

Here’s a little round up of my favorite hooks, books and yarn!

My Favorite Children’s Books About Yarn

When I teach classes for children – crochet, finger knitting and weaving – I always have a stash of books on-hand to read to them once they get going on a project. It keeps them motivated to keep working – and we ALWAYS laugh.

Here’s the collection of books I have in my personal library. They are all tested and kid-approved!

Poor bear just wants his hat. And he can’t find it! Did he loose it? Or did someone steal it?


Sweet Noodle learns to knit with the help of her friends. Just in time for a winter storm!


Ned isn’t very popular… until his knitting saves the day!


This is such a beautifully illustrated story showing kids how yarn is processed from beginning to end.


Oh Woolbur… he just won’t conform to the flock. We laugh so hard at his adventures, but he is an inspiration to us all!


A magical box with an endless supply of yarn? Yes please!


This story demonstrates that our handmade projects are all about love, not perfection.


I love this charming story about a mother passing along her love for knitting to her daughter.


Lion Brand 15mm Crochet Hook

Sorry… I never write the letter/number when hooks get this large. I teach lots of crochet classes, and it gets really confusing for my students when the letter/number is inconsistent with the metric size – this happens when the hook gets larger than a 9mm. It’s annoying for me as a teacher to explain to my beginner students to look for a P or a Q or a 19, etc. when it’s just as simple to say, “Look for the metric size. You want a 15 mm.” Simple.

This particular hook is my FAVORITE to use in class. It doesn’t have a weird dip in the middle for a finger grip. This may appeal to some, but for beginners who need a lot of room on the hook to begin learning the stitches for the first time – that dip is a nuisance.

Addi Hooks

Of course, MY favorite hooks to use are Addi Hooks. I love the feel and the grip. I especially love that the handle stays about the same size even when the hook size changes. This makes working with a 3mm hook a breeze! I have sizes ranging from 2.5 mm – 6.0 mm.

My favorite hooks:

Shop here.

The Complete Book of Crochet Stitch Designs

This awesome little book just arrived at my doorstep after some quick shipping by Amazon! I think it’s an awesome stitch pattern book. I don’t love the yarn that they used (Malabrigo Arroyo would have given better stitch definition) but it still helps to browse through this one to freshen up my designs! Check it out here.

Extra Yarn by Mac Barnett, illustrated by Jon Klassen

I love this book oh so much! I read books about yarn to the kids in my crochet classes. Jon Klassen is one of my favorite illustrators.

Check it out here.

New free pattern: Monika’s Cowl

This cozy cowl was designed for my photographer years ago. She still wears this cowl each winter and I’ve FINALLY written it up for everyone to enjoy!

Click the photo to view pattern. Or click here.


Malabrigo Rios worsted weight 100% superwash merino wool yarn (3.5 oz/210 yds/100g per hank): 3 skeins in VAA

Hook: 5.5 mm

This cowl uses 3 skeins of Malabrigo Rios. It is one of my favorite yarns. It works up so nicely and is worth every penny!

Check out this awesome collection of Rios:

(Click on any photo to shop)

Leisure Arts books by

Abbey Swanson of The Firefly Hook.

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