I would like to thank everyone that stopped by and left your kind comments! And, thanks to everyone who subscribed. Now to announce the winner of the yarn giveaway.... congratulations Anne! I will send you an email to get your address and the yarn will be on the way! I plan on doing a lot more giveaways on the blog so, keep an eye out!
And now for a crochet hook review. I recently purchased a set of Tulip Etimos from another member of Ravelry. The set I purchased usually sells for around the $100 mark. I was able to get them used but in perfect condition on Ravelry for $70. No, this isn't the cheapest set in the world but let me tell you, they are worth every penny. I will start with the case.
The case is very classy and very practical. The people that designed this case made very good use of space. Closed the case is about 6 1/2" x 3 1/2". I am selling my Namaste Better Buddy (which is a nice case for your stitch markers, scissors, etc.) simply because I no longer need it due to the efficiency of the Tulip Etimo case. Here is an inside picture.
All of the hooks with the gray ergonomic handles are the Tulip Etimos. This set came with sizes D, E, F, G, 7, H, I, and J. The handles are nice and soft but not too squishy. They are very comfortable to crochet with. I put my Clover Amour sizes B and C on the end. This way I have a full range. You can purchase Etimos separately but I already own the Amours. The set also came with very nice Italian scissors, stitch markers, a ruler, and needles. I took them out for the photo but they all fit with room to spare in the zipper pouch area that they are setting on top of for the shot. Now for the part that makes or breaks a hook for me.
The hook tapers perfect for me. I like it to have a bit of a point and not to be too rounded. These are not sharp points, just enough to glide through your yarn with ease. My favorite part, the super smooth finish on the Etimos. These hooks have the slickest finish over any other hook I have used. The Etimos and the Amours are almost neck and neck for me. The Amours are more affordable. And don't get me wrong these too have a nice and smooth finish. They are a great hook! But, the Etimo finish is the smoothest. I am really enjoying crocheting with these and thrilled with my Ravelry find! Hope this review helps and enables :)