If you love crochet as much as I do, chances are you’ve collected, accumulated or amassed a fair share of equipment along the way. These antique hooks, stilettos, scissors, needles are of some use today. Others have bent, rusted, or fallen out of favor as your normal go-to item. That’s not to say they don’t retain collectible value or incite a sense of nostalgia. Among my crochet accoutrements I have a steel hook given to me by my great grandmother. Today, the best place to find vintage hooks with mother-of-pearl or cattle bone handles is Ebay and Ruby Lane.
The Fountain of Youth:
Over time and great use, oils from our hands wear down the sheen around the handle. The steel can be left as-is or re-plated in sterling silver. The Medallion brand of Liquid Silver Solutions is wonderfully effective. They’ve mastered an easy method of making these old hooks glisten with rejuvenation.
Treasured crochet hooks can be stored in any manner you deem fit. I store mine in an antique spoon case. Spoon cases make wonderful presentation boxes for hooks, pens, pins…and spoons. You can buy a new vintage style spoon case here: http://www.ebay.com/itm/280908184571?ssPageName=STRK:MEWNX:IT&_trksid=p3984.m1497.l2649
Another idea is to alter your existing vinyl zippered Boye hook case by covering it with Fabric, Venice lace, Burlap, Pearl Trim and Crochet Motifs.
Altered Cigar Tin
“There is a very fine line between hobby and mental illness.” – Dave Barry