Wednesday, December 10, 2014

CROCHET SHOULD SMELL SO GOOD...

AUCTION'S OVER, THANKS AND BETTER LUCK NEXT TIME, PAMBO.   AND CONGRATULATIONS DOUG, YOU'RE THE HIGH BIDDER!!

A DECEMBER AUCTION FOR THIS HOOK AND MAYBE OTHERS IF I GET THE TIME

bytheway.... check out the post below for the winner of the 2014 Jimbo Crimmis Hook and click on her link.  You'll be impressed.  I promise.

Ever have a Crochet Hook that smelled good?  This one does.  In fact it smells so good that I left it unfinished so's not to cover up the "bouquet".  The wood?  It's Texas Juniper.  The smell?  Unique and a bit of heaven at least in my senses.  If you've ever smelled aromatic Cedar, like you might have in a hope chest or a cedar lined closet, well this is somewhat similar only vastly better, in my humble view.  I can smell it now as I type and it takes me back to a short vacation we had in Sedona Arizona at the "Junipine Resort".  There Junper grows tree size and folks cut it for their fireplaces.  One night I took a little walk in chilly air and the aroma of smoke from the fireplaces was just, well I can't think of adequate words. That was years ago and I'd go back in a heartbeat just to smell the juniper fireplace smoke.  Wierd  eh?  Not if you've had the experience.  Now I'm not suggesting you burn this hook.. noooo sir-e.  This a a really functional hook and the fact that it isnt coated with an aroma stifling finish doesn't really detract from it's usefulness it's as smooth as your  typical finished Jimbo hook (and that's about as smooth as they come).  So using this hook, as it works against the yarn, will act like a "scratch and sniff".  Don't scratch the hook, though.   Simple rubbing of the hook against a cloth or the yarn will release the aroma.  mmmmmmmmm
Technically, this hook is a Q (16mm).  The head and throat are shaped to make crochet with chunky yarns, and the wood is selected to make your crocheting a multi sensory joy.  It's flat afoot and will stand tall, a full 8 1/4 inches.

   Want to bid on this amazing hook?   Just email me your bids at  jimbocrochetwhittler@yahoo.com  and I'll post them as soon as I get to this keyboard.  We'll make this one run till  10pm December 17th.

   Tying bids will be resolved in favor of the first received.  I do take "Proxy" bids if you choose to do that as well but if we get a tie on highest prosy bid, resolution will again be in favor of the first received but I'll notify the lower bidder of the situation.  Bids increase by $5 minimum.
If I get time I'll edit this post to include more hooks, so please check back if a  good smellin Q isn't on your bucket list...

Bids:
Pambo is here vicariously (tis the season):  $35
Doug's here with $40!






Tuesday, December 02, 2014

THE GREAT 2014 JIMBO CRIMMIS HOOK CONTEST WINNER IS VIKKI HOOKS!! CONGRATULATIONS!!

AND WE HAVE A WINNER!!  CHOSEN BY RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR IS

VIKKI HOOKS

Bytheway... Vikki is a VERY accomplished crochetier.  Didn't know her but I do now, you should take a look at her art at http://byhooks4u.blogspot.com/


     THANKS TO ALL WHO ENTERED!  IT WAS A GREAT TURNOUT!



HERE'S THE FIRST EVER, ONE OF A KIND, 2014 JIMBO CRIMMIS HOOK CONTEST
AND WE HAVE A FIRST EVER, ONE OF A KIND HOOK TO GIVE AWAY!
CAN YOU SEE THE CROCHET HOOK IN THIS PICTURE???



HAVE YOU BEEN NAUGHTY OR NICE??  NICE?  A LITTLE OF BOTH??  OH GOOD!!!!  I'LL SHOW YOU........



This first of it's kind Jimbo Crimmis Hook could be yours!  To enter the contest, simply comment on this post or if blogger won't let you, just click on... Crimmis Hook 2014  .... I'll post your entry for you.

Rules:
One entry per person, please.
Followers of this blog get two entries IF you tell me in your comment or email that you are a follower AND you really are.
Contest ends Wednesday, Dec. 17th at 10pm Pacific Time.
The winner will be selected at random, but I REALLY like to have comments.

Oh! I don't mean to upstage the auction in the post below.  But there's only one day left for bids (it ends Dec 3 at 10pm) and I wanted to get this contest going as quickly as possible.

Oh yeah about the hook.  That's a very real glass Crimmis light bulb and I made the wood of.... you guessed it..... APPLE.  Physical details dont' matter but just so's you know, the assembled hook and stand are about 7 inches tall and the hook itself is 5 5/8 inches long.  Sizewise it's 7.5mm.   The hook is fully functional and comfy to use (crochets very like an egg hook) but remember it is a glass bulb so be gentle.

Now dash away dash away dash away all... and enter !

MERRY CHRISTMAS TO ALL!!

JIMBO

Monday, November 17, 2014

LUCKENBACH TEXAS L FROM A VERY NEARBY LIVE OAK*** AND a few more BEAUTIES for BIDS

Auction is OVER!  Yahooo!!  There'll be another coming shortly.  High bidders please consider using paypal by clicking on the little yellow/orange box with the title "make a donation" in the left hand margin of this page and please include shipping ($2.50) to your total.  If you'd like special shipping please let me know.

Thanks !
Jimbo




Ever been to Luckenbach Texas?  If you haven't, you should go.  Everybody's somebody in Luckenbach!  That's what the sign says and I believe it.  Nice folks there.  Of course you've heard the classic cowboy song "Luckenbach Texas"!  No!?  Ok I'll give you a treat,  just click here .  We visited there a few weeks ago and I was able to rescue a stick of Live Oak from the bonfire pile stacked right next to the general store.  Think of it!  A crochet hook from a stick of Live Oak that came from THE actual site where Waylon and Willie and so many other famous Country Artist's have performed.  We went on a weekday and of course didn't get to see anyone famous, but the place is pretty impressive all by itself.  Of course I mosey'd around looking for hook fixins and ended up with this nice piece of  wood that if you hold it up to your ear you just might hear strains of "Blue Eyes Cryin in the Rain".  I won't mention the funny looks I got from folks, me carrying around a hunk of firewood held up to my ear.
Like the area, this hook is rustic.  You see a bit of the original bark on the foot.  You see a few knots here and there a bit of discoloration for character (all smooth, guaranteed).  Ane it's all there to inspire your crochet and have you humming country songs while you're at it.
Technically, this is an 8mm L   hook ( "L" for "Luckenbach" of course); it's Texas tall (8 inches) and is labeled "Lukenbach  L Jimbo" on the base (which permits the hook to stand tall on display).  You'll notice the clever misspelling of Luckenbach on the base, an intentional identifier of  originality in case some low down skunk decides to produce impostors.  Heh, actually that's just a lame excuse for slipping up.  But anyways this hook has big time provenance, especially if you're a connoisseur of Country.  And it can be YOURS if you're the high bidder!  Just email me your bids at jimbocrochetwhittler@yahoo.com and I'll post them as soon as I get to this keyboard.  We'll make this one run till 10pm Tuesday night, November 25th.  Tying bids will be resolved in favor of the first received.  I do take "Proxy" bids if you choose to do that as well but if we get a tie on highest prosy bid, resolution will again be in favor of the first received but I'll notify the lower bidder of the situation.  Bids increase by $5 minimum.
If I get time I'll edit this post to include more hooks, so please check back if Luckenbach doesn't quit tickle your fancy.

Consider your fancy tickled!  I've added more to the pot and these are some of the best yet and they're ALL made of wood grown right here in the USA!  Ok maybe the egg hook isn't but I just couldn't let it languish in my inventory this close to Christmas.
Lets take a look (check close to see the letter lables in the photo)

Hook A is the Egg hook and it's an amazing and extremely rare beauty.  I don't often make an egg hook of an exotic wood because there's a large amount of waste, turning a solid block down to a small hook size; so the expense is high.  But the figure of this wood, and another buyer for the other end of this block made it happen.  This is if I'm thinking right, Cocobolo and the grain is drop dead beautiful.  It's an H and is about 5 inches long.

Hook B.  What can I say?  The photo's not enough, really to show you the amazing grain contrast in this genuine spalted Deadman Crick Apple "O" (12mm) 8 1/4 inch long beauty.  It's going to be a challenge crocheting with this hook cause you'll just want to sit there and look at the wood.  Distracting?  yes.  Eye catching?  Yes is an understatement.  Smooth? Unbelievably so.  Unique?  You'll never come even close to anything like this in the known universe if it didn't come from the same log.  Take a look at the little bowl on the left in the picture.  It's made from the same log.  Now I've a couple more hook blanks from this same log, and they'll make different size sister hooks, but this one's here now and is ready for your bids.

Hook C is a rustic Q (16mm)  in Deadman Crick Bramble. I call it Bramble cause the branches are typically all gnarly and have these deadly inch long thorns that never fail to take a drop or two  blood sample when I'm sawing away.  It's worth it, though, when I find a piece that's straight enough and willing to become a hook.  Ever use a Q hook?  Well this one might just make the top of your list.  The head is shaped specially to let the yarn move smoothly onto the 16mm shank.  Looks rough because I left some of the bark on, but I purposely did that because it's just amazingly beautiful.  Bark if you've noticed is among Mom Nature's best artwork.  Another hook you can get lost in looking at, but don't forget it crochets beautifully too.  Oh yeah, this one's 7 3/4 inches long.

Hook D's another Deadman Crick Apple beauty, and another amazingly beautiful piece of Mother Nature's artwork.  The grain goes between subtle waves and swirls around a knot that's as pretty in my veiw as a mounted gem.   You don't see the knot in the picture and I didn't have time to take another shot (I'm rushing to post these cause I have be away today and tomorrow).  But trust me, this is a spectacular hook.  Oh and it's 5.25mm (a snug H) and is  7 3/4 inches long.
(oops!!!  I got some labeling backwards, which is extra embarrassing since I've had to be away while bids come in.  What WAS hook E is really hook F (the Luckenbach hook).  I'll edit it below to be correct....


Hook?F  I tell you it just keeps getting better and better.  This one is WAY beyond my camera's ability to capture subtle beauty and texture.  It's storebought wood.  Got it from my guy at Windsor who told me it's an "Oregon Mountain Mahogany"  Color is the only thing about this wood that reminds me of mahogany because this is as close to Ebony in density as I've found.  It took several sharpenings of my lathe tools and dulled my carving knives but it's well worth the resharpening effort.  I seriously considered leaving it unfinished because the surface just glistened all by itself.  I relented and applied finish, though just because I never know what kind of humidity the wood will be in.  Grain pattern, color, chatoyance, utterly amazing smoothness, this hook has it all in spades.  And it's a unique size... 11mm  and is 7 3/4 inches long.  Bet you don't have an 11 mm hook, eh?  Well you could if you're high bidder.

Hook F E is the Luckenbach hook.  See my comments above about this rare piece.  I doubt there's ever been a crochet hook made from wood that's been exposed to the music of Waylon, Willie and the boys.

Okey dokey, lets get'er goin!

Bids:
Hook A
Carla changes her mind and goes with A for $35
Susan's a first time bidder!  Welcome!!  And her bid is $45

Hook B
Anamaria goes $25
Monte bumps it up to $30
Carol goes to $40
Diana raises $45

Hook C
Yvonne likes gnarly: $30

Hook D
Mona's here with $20
Dalton raises:  $25
Doug's not messing around.... $40
Dalton bumps it up to $45
Robert with $50

Hook E(Lukenbach!!) Carla breaks the ice with $35
Robert goes $40
Nancy's here with $50

Hook F
Anamaria forgives my confusion and bids $25
Diana bumps to $30
Cathy takes it to $40
Diana's right back with $45

*** With Carla's permission, I've decided to extend the auction a week.  Hate to do that but I've been called away for a spell and won't be near a computer to end the auction.  Hope you'll understand.  The auction will close Wednesday, Dec. 2 3 at 10pm.  Hopefully I can add some hooks to the lonesome Luckenbach hook for a bit more selection.  You can still send in bids but I won't be back for a spell to post them and I apologize for that.  



Tuesday, September 30, 2014

FALL JIMBO HOOK AUCTION is OVER (HIGH BIDDERS PLEASE SEE NOTE BELOW)

ANOTHER AMAZING AUCTION!  WOW!!  
HIGH BIDDERS, PLEASE CONSIDER USING PAYPAL BY CLICKING ON THE LITTLE BOX IN THE LEFT MARGIN OF THIS PAGE LABLED "MAKE A DONATION" AND PLEASE INCLUDE $2.50 EXTRA FOR POSTAGE.  
THANKS TO ALL WHO DROPPED BY!
(THERE WILL BE MORE AUCTIONS COMING...OR JUST DROP BY, PULL UP A CHAIR AND SIT A SPELL.

THANKS TO ALL!
Jimbo

A FEW MORE BEAUTIES UP FOR BIDS... AND A NEW IDEA



Ok so lets begin the auction with a description of the hooks but note that hook F is a new style for Jimbo hooks.  More about that later.  Lets start with:

Hook A.  Hook A is one that just appeared in my wood stash.  I thought I was all out of the Pecan wood which was graciously sent me by my friend and very talented crochetier,April Garwood.  This hook came from a Pecan tree victim of the Oklahoma Tornado.  From such tragic events, something good comes.  The wood is beautiful, strong, and perfect for the J size (6mm).  It's 7 3/4 inches long.

Hook B is made of a sustainable rosewood (can't remember the particular species.. sorry).  Actually hooks C and F are also made of the same rosewood. Wisht I could remember the particular name because I'd like to get more... the wood makes really beautiful and strong hooks.  Back to hook B.  It's a G (4mm) and is 7 1/4 inches long.

Hook C, as noted above, is rosewood and one size bigger. It's a 7 (4.5mm).  It's also 7 1/4 inches long.

Hook D is yet another wood I can't specifically name but it's another beautiful and very hard wood.  Ultra smooth and weighs in as a J (6mm).  Lengthwise we're talkin 7 inches.

Hook E is a Deadman Crick Bramble beauty.  Fascinating character in grain and bark, this 10.5 mm hook is a rare and totally unique beauty.  It measures in just short of 8 inches.

And we come to hook F.  This is a new style for me.  Ever try to use a large hook with fine yarn?  You know how the thin yarn bounces or snaps over the hook neck when you push a loop onto the shank?  Ever try to use fine yarn and a large hook and somehow maintain gauge?  I'm betting this hook is the answer, because the throat and gullet are shaped for finer yarn, but the shank is a large size (11.5mm).  Unique?  I can't recall ever seeing a hook like it.  Might do well for crocheting lacy things, eh?

Here's a slightly retouched photo showing the concept.  Interesting, eh?  Hook F could be the start of a whole new hooking adventure.

Oh, yeah, this one is just shy of 8 inches long.



So, lets start the auction!  We'll run this one for just a few days,  ending on  Wednesday, Oct. 8   Monday, Oct. 6 at 10pm Pacific time.  Please email me your bids (with $5 minimum increases) at jimbocrochetwhittler@yahoo.com .  Tying bids will be awarded to the first received.  I'll try to post bids as they come in.

Here we go!!

Thanks for dropping by!
Jimbo

Bids:

Hook A:
Sandie says $20
Whoa!  Callie takes it to $40

Hook B:
Carla ventures $25

Hook C:
Sara's here with $20
Mona bumps it up to $25
Diana takes us to $30

Hook D:
Patti bids $20

Hook E:
Doug's bid is $25
Carrie goes $35
Diana says $40
Carrie again with $45
Diana responds: $50
Carrie!.... $60
Diana!!...$65
Carrie and Diana both tie at $75, Diana's  bid was received earlier so she gets the bid.. $75!!  Holey cow this is getting scairy!
oh the tension!!  Carrie goes to $85!
I think I need a nitro pill.... Diana goes to $105!!

Hook F:
Doug's here with $25
Carrie again with $35

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

A NEW JIMBO HOOK AUCTION (SEPT. 2014) is over!



The auction is over!!  Winning bidders please consider using paypal by clicking on the little box in the left hand margin of this page.  It's labled "make a donation".  If you prefer another form of payment, please email me.  Also, please include $2.50 for shipping with your payment.  Thanks everyone for dropping by!Jimbo


I promised a new auction, so here we go!  These hooks are a sort of mish mash of different materials and technique.  The hooks labeled with letters have been turned by me on my lathe.  The numbered hooks below have been hand carved by me with my knife.  They're all beauties.
Lets start with the letter labeled hooks.
Hook A is way prettier than you see here (not to say that it isn't pretty here), mainly because you just can't photograph chatoyance.  The figured grain in this maple hook looks so deep and clear you'd think you  could see through it.  Truly beautiful.  It's a G (4.25mm) and is 7 1/4 inches long.
Hook B is an amazingly beautiful Cocobolo hook.  So pretty it nearly fetches a tear.  And it's made in a size you might not have, an M (9mm).  Eight inches tall and stunningly beautiful.
Hook C is a BIG fella but feather weight.  it's made of genuine Deadman Crick Red Fir that was hand selected by me in the woods behind the cabin.  It's another size you may not have.... a P (15mm).  Eight inches of Deadman Crick's best.
Hook D is a Yew J hook.  One unique hook, this one... with amazing grain color diversity and figure.  I LOVE this hook and hate to part with it but hay, a guy's gotta pay the bills and winter's coming on.  Besides it longs for a talented crochetier's hand.  This one is  7 3/4 inches long.
Hooks 1,2,3 and 4 are all made from the same branch of my beloved Tamarack.  Can't say enough kind things about Tamarack.  It's a tree that actually is a hard wood but with bark and aroma that make you think Fir.  Tamarack is the tree that turns a brilliant yellow/orange in the fall, sheds it's needles in the winter, and when it dies, gives us the best snapping and popping fire in the fireplace.  AND it makes perfectly good crochet hooks in larger sizes.  So what I did was cut a straight piece of branch wood about 9 inches long, then split is into 4 quarters lengthwise.  I then whittled the quartered pieces into the 4 hooks you see here.  The cambium layer was left in tact so you see the meandering little beetle trails (but the little bugs are long gone, I promise). Nifty!.  They vary a bit in size.  Hook 1 is an L (8mm); Hook 2 is 11mm (between an N and O); Hooks 3 and 4 are size N (10mm).  All of these hooks are about 7 1/2 inches long and, Their natural light weight,  Jimbo style thumb rest and semi triangular shape in cross section, bode well for hours of comfortable crochet.
So lets get this started!  You can send me bids by email here .  Please increase bids by $5 minimum increments and be aware that tying bids will be resolved in favor of the first arrived email.  We'll run the auction for one week, ending it on Sept. 24 at 10pm Pacific Time.  I will try to post bids as they come in but am not at the computer at all times.  Not to worry though.  Your bids will be posted.
Thanks for dropping by, and lets get those bids pouring in!
Jimbo

Bids:
Hook A:
Mona is here with $20
David's bid is $25
Mona takes it to $30
Undeterred, David goes to $35

Hook B: ($45 bid minimum please)
Doug's in with $50

Hook C:
Carla likes the look of this one:  $25

Hook D:
Doug is bidding $20
Diana takes it to $25
Doug goes to $40
Diana's dueling it out..$55


Hook 1
Mona too, for $20
Diana's here with $25
Barbara goes to $35
Diana comes back with $40

Hook 2
Carrie goes $25

Hook 3
Anamaria's bid is $20

Hook 4
David's going $20




Tuesday, September 16, 2014

International Crochet Day really is International!

Want to see a great example of International Crochet Day celebrated abroad?  Take a look here.....

Katia's blog

AND   THIS   (and yes that is me holding the world's biggest crochet hook, Dippy; which is short for Diplohookticus Jimbosei).  

If you'd like me to post a link to your adventures on ICD, please email me here with a link 

Makes an ole hook whittler proud!  


Friday, September 05, 2014

INTERNATIONAL CROCHET DAY HOOK WINNER IS.....


AMBER

AMBER WAS PICKED BY A RANDOM NUMBER GENERATOR.  HERE IS HER HIGHLY APPROPRIATE WINNING COMMENT 

"I will be crocheting AND wearing a crocheted sweater or cardigan. People need to actually see the beautiful, drapey fabric that can be achieved with a hook."    


Amber

Thanks to all who entered!  Hope your International Crochet Day was filled with hooking fun.
Jimbo
PS  A fresh hook auction will be following VERY shortly! 



TELL ME HOW YOU'RE GOING TO PROMOTE CROCHET ON INTERNATIONAL CROCHET DAY (SEPT. 12) AND YOU COULD WIN THIS HOOK!

ABOUT INTERNATIONAL CROCHET DAY (ICD):

ICD WAS CREATED 7 YEARS AGO TO PROMOTE THE FINE AND GENTLE ART OF CROCHET.  SINCE THEN ICD HAS BEEN RECOGNIZED WORLD WIDE AS A DAY FOR CROCHETIERS TO PUBLICLY  ENCOURAGE CROCHET BY TEACHING OTHERS, ORGANIZING CROCHET EVENTS, BLOGGING, TWEETING, CHIRPING, SMOKE SIGNALLING, SKY WRITING OR JUST PLAIN SITTING ON THE BUS AND WORKING MAGIC WITH YOUR HOOK, ALL THE WHILE INSPIRING OTHERS TO TAKE UP THE ART.   HALLMARK HASN'T YET RECOGNIZED THE HOLIDAY; BUT IT'S CERTAINLY WORTHY OF A CARD.   MAYBE NEXT YEAR.

ABOUT THE 2014 HOOK:

NOT TO DROP NAMES, BUT IF YOU HAVE ACCESS TO THE SUMMER 2014 ISSUE OF "INTERWEAVE CROCHET" AND GO TO PAGE 9, YOU'LL SEE THE SISTER OF THIS HOOK.   BOTH SISTERS ARE MADE OF WOOD FROM THE ANCIENT APPLE TREE THAT INSPIRED THE BIRTH OF JIMBO HOOKS. THIS GENEROUS OLD TREE STILL  DONATES APPLES TO DEER, BEAR, SHADES THE CHIPMUNKS AND GIVES ME IT'S LATE BRANCH WOOD FOR JIMBO HOOKS.  IT STANDS SENTINEL  JUST DOWN THE HILL FROM JIMBO'S FRONT PORCH, A VERY SPECIAL TREE FROM A VERY SPECIAL PLACE.
THE FOOT IS FLATTENED TO ALLOW THE HOOK TO STAND ON DISPLAY, WITH BITS OF IT'S RUSTIC ORIGIN SHOWING HERE AND THERE.  IT STANDS 8 1/4 INCHES TALL AND IS AN "L" (8MM).
THE BOTTOM SURFACE OF THE HOOK IS HAND SIGNED "2014 ICD BY JIMBO"  ALONG WITH THE HOOK SIZE (L).

ABOUT THE CONTEST:
YOU CAN ENTER THE CONTEST BY COMMENTING IN THIS BLOG, OR BY EMAILING ME AT JIMBOCROCHETWHITTLER@YAHOO.COM  , INDICATING YOUR INTENTIONS FOR PROMOTING CROCHET ON INTERNATIONAL CROCHET DAY.  PLEASE ENTER ONLY ONCE.

 BECAUSE I'LL BE AWAY ON ICD, THE CONTEST WILL BE EXTENDED, ENDING AT MIDNIGHT, SEPT 14, 2014 PACIFIC STANDARD TIME.  ANNOUNCEMENT OF THE WINNER WILL HAVE TO BE DELAYED UNTIL SEPT 15.

THIS IS AN INTERNATIONAL CONTEST SO CONTESTANTS FROM ABROAD ARE WELCOME!

GOOD LUCK AND HAPPY INTERNATIONAL CROCHET DAY

Jimbo

ps. if you're interested, hooks are being auctioned in the post below