A few years ago, I fell in love with the custom-made clay handles made by Jennifer of Day by Day Crochet.
I am sure some of you are already very well acquainted with the stunning quality of her polymer clay work but for those of you who have not stumbled across her Facebook page yet, I’d like to introduce you to the very talented Jennifer, of Day by Day Crochet.
“My name is Jennifer Ellingwood and I’m a full time elementary music teacher at two elementary schools (16 years!) and during the summer I am one of the assistant directors of our high school marching band.
My husband was in the Navy until a few years ago when he got out to pursue a degree in mechanical engineering technology from Purdue University.
To help support his educational aspirations, I started crocheting items to sell which let me to make polymer clay stitch markers (I was unhappy with the cheap plastic ones from the craft store.)
The stitch markers led to buttons, which eventually led me to start applying clay to crochet hook handles. Before I knew it, I was up to my eyeballs in orders for hooks, buttons, and stitch markers!
I started Day by Day Crochet about 3 years ago, and this July will mark my 3rd year working with polymer clay, which has turned into a passion of mine. I do not have an Etsy account, yet, but it may be an option in the future.
At this time, I take orders by posting certain items on my page that I will take orders for and customers can message me about placing an order.
While I still do a few “sculpted” items, most of my hooks now are made with millifiori canes.
These “canes” are pictures and images that I sculpt out of clay and then roll into a long roll or log similar to the festive tube cookies that you can slice and the pumpkin or Christmas tree image is on every slice.
I take the slices of my clay cane and apply them to my designer crochet hooks.
While I have some standard hook designs with yarn balls, flowers, and such, I will always be coming up with many, many new designs, my head is bursting with ideas!”
You can check out Day by Day Crochet at my Facebook page www.facebook.com/daybydaycrochet .
Jennifer has generously agreed to donate one of her beautiful hand-made clay handled hooks to one of my lucky readers!
You get to choose the size of the hook and the style (Boye or Bates) and it will be made with this stunning handle as pictured below:
Just like the handle on my hook!
I chose a size N-9.00 MM because they are difficult to find here in Canada and the one I purchased in the United States last year keeps falling apart…the bamboo handle it came with keeps sliding off no matter how many times I glue it back together!
I love my new 9.00 mm Ladybug Hook (yes I have a name for my pretty hook). Drew is obsessed with it too! He loves all things ladybug right now and is constantly trying to get his hands on my hook for himself.
This is the first polymer clay handled hook I have used – and it is surprisingly light! I honestly thought it would be much heavier but the handle barely adds any weight to the hook at all! The handle itself is so smooth – there are no ridges, bumps or rough edges to the finish on the handle. The colours are so vibrant and the design is flawless. You can barely see the overlap created by layering the canes on the handle.
It is gorgeous and I can’t wait to sit down and use it to design a pattern!
I believe it to be a very good alternative to using a standard crochet hook. With my hands I have to be careful which hooks I use – and I need something with a substantial handle in order to be able to crochet for longer periods of time. It helps me maintain a grip on the handle without having to close my hand too tightly.
I did ‘test-drive’ my hook and it works beautifully for both a knife-hold (my normal way to hold) and a pen-hold (the way I hold my hook when my hands are super sore). It sits easily in the space between the thumb and forefinger (the lower curve of the hand) making it very easy to crochet with.
I hope you take the time to visit Jennifer on her Facebook Page and maybe even click the lovely “like” button to have her posts added to your Facebook feed 🙂 This way you will see some of the one-of-a-kind products she develops and offers up for sale! When I purchased my hook I used paypal to pay – for those of you wondering how you will purchase a hook directly from her Facebook Page. She invoices you to the email you Private Message her and you can pay with Paypal.
This Giveaway is open Worldwide where allowed by Law.
Start Date: July 14, 2015, 12:00 am ET
End Date: July 20, 2015, 11:59 pm ET