Thursday, June 12, 2014

I'm ALIVE!!!


Please forgive me for not posting for so long.  Lots of new things have been happening, mainly health wise, that have made a slow old whittler even slower.  Shingles and angioplasty, is enough to say without boring you and getting too much into "poor Jimbo" self pity.  But I do have to give HUGE thanks to my family, friends, and to the amazingly caring staff at Sacred Heart hospital here in Spokane.
So I'm back and as soon as they let me, (probably by early next week) I'm going to re-dedicate myself to making heirloom quality crochet hooks for auction here in the blog.  I really appreciate you guys hanging in with me.  I mean afterall it's really been a LONG time since I posted anything, let alone started a hook auction.  I intend to remedy that.
Grateful for your patience,
Jimbo
Oh and a HUGE PS...... If you've an interest, check out page 9 of the 2014 Summer issue of Interweave Crochet!  I'm honored to have such a prestigious publication recognize Jimbo  hooks.

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

ANOTHER REVOLUTIONARY HOOK FROM JIMBO'S RESEARCH CENTER (AND HOOKS UP FOR AUCTION)

auction is over!  I'll be contacting winners in the morning with payment and shipping info.
thanks to all who dropped by!
Jimbo



WHAT DAY IS IT?????  
APRIL 1 AND WHAT DO WE HAVE ON APRIL 1?
 WE HAVE THE ANNUAL JIMBO'S 
REVOLUTIONARY HOOK DESIGN


2 HEADS, 2 SHANKS, ONE HANDLE EQUALS LOTS OF POSSIBILITIES EH?




IMAGINE TWO YARNS, ONE ON EACH HOOK, CROSS THEM OVER CROCHET WITH BOTH TOGETHER.... OH THE POSSIBILITIES
AND OH, TODAY IS APRIL FOOLS DAY!!
CREDIT IS DUE HERE TO THE REAL ORIGINATOR OF THIS IDEA, DEE STANZIANO WHO SUGGESTED THAT SOMEDAY I SHOULD CREATE A "SLINGSHOT" SHAPED CROCHET HOOK.  I MODIFIED THE IDEA TO MAKE PARALLEL HOOK SHANKS.  THANK YOU DEE!!
VISIT DEE AT http://www.crochetwithdee.com/

AND WE HAVE A NEW AUCTION... HOOKS ARE UP FOR BIDS, SEE DETAILS BELOW
Auction time!

Lets get right to it, eh?  Starting from the left, the Egg hook we'll call hook #1 and work our way across to the Noste on the far right.

So... Hook #1 is an eggolicious N+  (10.25mm) that is made of a wood I can't tell you much about because I forgot it's name.  Looks a bit like Mahogany but much denser and harder.  Overall length is 5 1/2 inches.  Egg hooks are the rage for folks who have a bit of arthritis or other grip problems because the egg part is very easy to hold in the palm.

Hook #2 I know about.  It's made of smoked maple.  Very pretty and VERY chatoyant.  Looks like you can see into the grain oh about a 1/16th inch, and every which way you turn it, different grain patterns emerge.  Beautiful.  Size?  It's big (14mm)  and just shy of 8 inches long.

Hook #3 is made from Red Heart.  A bit different chunk of Red Heart than I'm used to, but pretty.  Seems to be a bit more dense than the Red Hearts I've worked with so it might have been taken from a slower growth tree.  Very pretty and again with a very evident bit of chatoyance.  It's a K (6.5mm) and is 7 5/8 inches long.

Hook #4 is a Cocobolo beauty.  This is about as exotic as you get, wood wise.  You just don't find much prettier grain that is useful as hook wood.  AND Cocobolo will vary in color.  The piece you see is THE most beautiful, in my humble opinion.  You can clearly see the wildly distinctive grain colors on this side of the hook.  The other side won't disappoint either.  Size?  It's an L (8mm) and is 7 3/4 inches long.

Hook #5 is for you die hard Boye fans who might also like to own a Jimbo hook.  This one is made of the same Cocobolo as Hook #4, only with an anodized aluminum Boye hook inserted.  The hook is an F (3.75mm) and is 7 inches long.  Are you thinking, "Jimbo you copped out and went the easy way by inserting a metal hook in a wood handle".  Aw contrair!  It's every bit as time consuming to make an insert hook as it is to make wood hooks.  Why'd I do it?  Well because its VERY difficult to make a wood hook with a true Boye head.  So there.

Hook #6 is even bigger.  Made of Pacific Yew, this hook is a knockout color and grain contrast wise.  Yew, as you may know is useful for many things.  It has medicinal properties (Yew bark contains "taxol", a cancer fighting drug).  It has also been used historically for making archery bows because of it's resilience.  But you and I know it's also really wonderful for big hooks because it's strong yet light.  This one sizes up at 16.4mm (in the Q range) and is remarkably light weight for it's length (8 3/4 inches)

Hook #7 isn't a hook.  It's a Nostepenne.  You know about Nostepenne's (we shorten the name to "Noste")?  A noste is a hand tool used for winding yarn.  A really cool tool, and fun to use.  This one is made of Ash and has a winding surface that is 5 inches long and tapers from a diameter of 17mm to 12.25mm at the small end.  The handle is 3 1/2 inches long, bringing the overall length to 8 1/2 inches if my math is correct.  Handy little tools, Nostes.  And when you aren't using them for yarn winding, they make handy hair rollers.  heh  just kidding.

Ok there we have it.  Lets get to the bidding info.  You can place your bids by emailing me at
jimbocrochetwhittler@yahoo.com .  I'll post bids here as they come in.  If you are outbid, and want to bid again, please increase the bid by a minimum of $5.  I'm not at the computer round the clock so your bid might not be posted right away, but not to worry.  I'll post them as soon as I can.  Tying bids will be resolved in favor of the earliest received email.
Oh and lets let this auction run till 10pm Pacific on give this auction  Sunday, April 6th.

And thanks for your patience.  I know I've slowed down a bit with the auctions.  My heart's in the right place, but my hands are moving a bit slower these days.

Jimbo

Bids:

Hook #1
Mona was egged on to bid $20

Hook #2
Doug goes $20
Karin bumps it to $30

Hook #3
Nicole goes $25

Hook #4
Doug's in for $30

Hook #5
Debbie does $30

Hook #6
Karin goes $25

Noste:
Doug here too.. $30

Thursday, February 13, 2014

I'm BACK! Let the contest and Auction continue!! (both end tonight Feb. 17th at 10pm)

My mind, like the sun in this pretty picture, is setting.  Or so it seems more and more lately.  As it turns out, we were away, up at the Ranch this week-end starting Friday (Valentine's Day) so I wasn't be here to announce a winner OR to post bids in the auction.  I'm caught up now and ready for your contest entry or hook bids. The contest and Auction  will close tonight, Monday Feb. 17th at 10pm.  Please email me your hook bids for the auction (see the post below this one) at jimbocrochetwhittler@yahoo.com  and post your entries in the belated Valentine Hook giveaway by commenting in the post below or emailing me at the above link.

I'm grateful for your patience and sorry for my lapse.
Jimbo

Sunday, February 09, 2014

VALENTINE CROCHET HOOK AND HOOK AUCTION is OVER! and the winner of the 2014 Jimbo Valentine hook is......Debbie Oliver!!!


First off, here's the 2014 version of the annual Valentine Jimbo Hook.  It's made of Maple, with a hand shaped Red Heart inlay set in a polished matrix of brass filings.  Pretty?  It could be yours!  My Valentine gift to you.  All you need do is either enter a comment to this post, OR email me.  Please only ONE entry per person. The contest will close at 10pm Pacific time on Valentine's Day. Monday, Feb,. 17th
A personal note.  Of the Valentine Hooks I've made and gave away, this one was the most challenging, so I'm hoping there will be lots of interest and entries.
Good luck!


And now for the AUCTION!

A fine bunch of hooks from a fine selection of wood.  I'll detail each below.  You can examine each hook in the separate photos and email your bids, identifying your hook choice(s) by number, and your bid amount to jimbocrochetwhittler@yahoo.com .  I'll post bids as they come in just as soon as I can.  Please increase bids by $5.00 minimum.
We'll run the auction till Sunday Feb. 16th  Monday Feb. 17th and end it at 10pm Pacific Time...  Ok here we go.....

Hook #1
This is the first of several bear pruned Deadman Crick Apple Wood hooks in this auction.  I was able to collect a remarkable assortment of highly figured wood from this past apple harvest and this one is a prime example.  Highly contrasting grain sets these hooks apart from any other apple wood you'll find, at least as far as my experience goes.  This hook is a K (6.5mm) and is 7.25 inches long.

Bids:
Jane bids $20


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Hook #2
Hand carved genuine Deadman Crick Apple Wood.  Just so I wouldn't loose the touch, I hand carved a hook from this interesting piece of wood that the bear selected while going for apples.  I carved it for another reason.  I wanted to leave the little bug tracks that you often find under the bark of hardwood branches.  The little bug trails are visible in the picture if you click to enlarge the image.  Interesting.  I guarantee there are no bugs left in the hook, if you're wondering; just trails.  Oh and I left the knife marks on a finger grip that you see opposite the thumb rest.  An amazing piece.  It's a tweener size (hand carved hooks often are), between a K and a J at 7.25mm.  7.5 inches of true rustic Jimbo.

Bids:
Suzanne bids $30


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Hook #3
Another fine example of the old Apple tree's best.  I even made the base of this one a little larger in case you'd like to put the hook on display when it's not being used for crochet.  Fantastic grain contrast and color on this bear harvested stick.  Please note that the color in the picture is not the same as the actual color.  I couldn't squeeze the picture editor to get the shades right, so I ask that you picture the reds as more of a dark brown and the blonds as a bit more brown as well.  Sorry.  But I doubt very much that you'll be disappointed.  This hook is a K (6.5mm) and is 7.25 inches long.

Bids:
Nila bids $20
Debbie K. goes $30



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Hook #4
And for something different, Lilac!  I salvaged this piece of Lilac from my friend, Dickie's trimmings.  Amazing grain structure, all the way down to the CA hardened pith (done to bring the pith up to the hardness of the surrounding wood.  Well worth the effort.  Size is F (3.75mm) and 7.5 inches long.

Bids:
Kathy bids $25
Diana bumps up:  $30
Barbara takes it way up to $60



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Hook #5
A Bloodwood Beauty.  Nope this one didn't come from the Ranch.  Bloodwood is one of the hardest and prettiest woods that I work with, and this one is a prime example of the best, with pretty subtle contrasting grain figure.  It's a 7 (4.5mm) and is 7.25 inches long.

Bids:
Sarah bids $25
Diana takes it to $30
Barbara's here with $65





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Hook #6
And another beauty from the old Apple tree, bear selected Jimbo made.  Note the little flame of contrasting grain at the heel.  This one's a K (6.5mm) and is 6.5 inches long.  

Bids:
Rhonda C goes $20.00.




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Hook #7
And another Deadman Crick Hook.  Whew who'd a thunk so many crochet hooks would evolve from the old ranch up on the Crick.  I think I've made more hooks from up there than all the chickens we raised.  This one keeps a bit of the character of the branch that was pruned from the tree by a bear while he/she was climbing for apples.  Had a good number of branches pruned that way last year, maybe because the apple crop was better.  Anyways, this hook is an I (5.5mm) and is 7 inches long.

Bids:
Regina is in first with $25
Diana's here with $30
Barbara!  $60

Monday, December 09, 2013

Jimbo's Annual CRIMMIS HOOK CONTEST and auction..AND FREE BONUS PATTERN! CONTEST AND AUCTION ARE CLOSED

THE WINNER OF THE 2013 JIMBO CRIMMIS HOOK IS...... PATRICIA DAVIS!!
BIDDERS PLEASE CHECK BELOW AND SEE IF YOU WERE HIGH BIDDER.  HIGH BIDDERS PLEASE CONSIDER USING PAYPAL BY CLICKING ON THE LITTLE BOX IN THE LEFT MARGIN OF THIS BLOG PAGE MARKED "MAKE A DONATION" ... OR IF YOU'D LIKE TO PAY OTHERWISE PLEASE EMAIL ME AND WE'LL MAKE OTHER ARRANGEMENTS.
THANKS TO EVERYONE WHO ENTERED AND BID!  AND A VERY MERRY CHRISTMAS TO YOU ALL!!

JIMBO

Tis the Season, and late as I am (please forgive me) we're doing a contest to give away the Crimmis Hook you see at the top of this picture.  The rest of the hooks below we'll auction off in the usual way.
First the contest.. you can enter either by commenting here or by emailing me at
jimbocrochetwhittler@yahoo.com   (same email address for bidding on hooks)

This year's Crimmis hook is made from figured maple and sports a very real red Christmas tree light bulb at it's foot end.  The bulb of course doesn't light (no room for an extension cord).... but it can be removed for crocheting comfort.

We'll run the contest until Dec. 18 and hope to get the hook to the deserving winner in time for a little Christmas crocheting!  Enter simply by commenting or emailing me a little note.  I'll select the winner at random at 10pm Pacific Time on the 18th.  Please only enter once.

And for the auction!  Lets look at the hooks starting from the left.

Hook #1 is, I think, made from Bloodwood, a beautiful two tone hardwood that makes wonderful crochet hooks.  This one is an I (5.5mm) and is 6 5/8 inches long.

Hook #2 is Rosewood!  It's an H (5mm) and is 7 1/4 inches long.  Rosewood!

Hook #3 a mystery wood, but very pretty and very hard.  Might be another form of Rosewood but that's a lame guess.    It's another I (5.5mm) and is 7 inches long.

Hook #4 is my fave.... maybe because it's made from wood that was "bear" harvested from the old apple tree up on the ranch.  It's an amazingly figured hook with beautifully contrasting grain color.  Unique for it's origin and color.  It's an L (8mm) and is 7 3/4 inches long.

If I can muster the time to make more hooks, I'll add them to this post by edit.  Can't promise much  because the weather's so cold (was an even zero up at the ranch yesterday), and I've been caregiving for the past few months while Karol recovers from two hip operations.

So lets run the auction until Dec. 15 (correction... DEC.18), ending at 10pm that night so I can hopefully get the hooks in the mail in time for gifting if that's what you'd like to do.  Please increase bids by $5 minimum.  I try to post bids as they come in, but expect to be away from time to time, so please be patient... I'll post bids as soon as I can.

Thanks folks, and Merry Christmas!!

Bids:

Hook #1
Yvonne bids $30


Hook #2
Debbie goes $25
Amy G bumps it up to $35
Wendy says $40


Hook #3
Doug bids $30
Patricia elevates it to $35
Doug's back with $40


Hook #4
Paula is first with $25
Arabelle bids $35
Debbie takes it to $40
Doug jumps in with $45


And a Bonus!  Free pattern


See the white garland in the picture?  Karol made that with a Jimbo H hook.  Here's the pattern.  Warning, this pattern is easier than it looks.

Yarn:  finally a good use for FUN FUR,  your choice of color, one skein per garland

Hook:  Jimbo, H - P, your choice... preferably the Jimbo Crimmis hook won in the contest above.

Pattern:   Chain till the end of the skein then tie off.

cool eh?

Wednesday, October 23, 2013

Such an Honor!

Dee Sanziano and Gwen Kinsler who are both FAMOUS in the crochet world have published an article about  Heather of the "Lemonade Shop" and me in their blogs.  The article is split between Gewn's blog http://crochetqueen-royalramblings.blogspot.com/ , And Dee's blog http://www.crochetingwithdee.com/.  What an honor to be recognized by such crochet greats!
And what an inspiration to keep whittlin!  I'll be anouncing a new auction SOON.
Thanks again Dee and Gwen!  And Heather, it's such an honor to be in the same article with you!

Jimbo

Tuesday, October 08, 2013

Hook Auction for October is over...High bidders please consider using paypal by clicking on the box in the left margin of this page. Thanks to all who visited!

A varied bunch this time up for bids


Took some time to put together some instruments for you to make crochet music (hence Karol's old flute in the bottom of the picture... our grand daughter Chloe wants to learn to play so Karol got the trusty old flute out and it looked so pretty I had to include it in the picture)
So lets start this time from the far right and work our way to the left.

Hook #1 (again on the far right) is another one of the Bear wood hooks, made from a branch kindly pruned from the old apple tree up on the ranch by a black bear looking for apples.  See that little orange dot near the thumb rest?  That's a tiny bit of bark that I was able to leave, mainly because it's such a pretty highlight.  It also gives you an idea of  the original size of the pre-hook stick size.  There's a bit more of the bark at the foot end too.  I like this hook for it's grain character and color.  Sizewise it's an H (5mm) and a smidge over 7 inches long (17.7 cm).

Hook #2 Moving on to another Bear pruned hook, this one has smoothed bark all along the thumb rest and a spot near the foot.  Interesting it is to have bark at the thumb rest.  It's BEAUTIFUL and functional.  Smooth enough, but with a texture that will help the grip.  More beautiful grain.  That old tree knows how to make pretty grain!  That or that bear has a very discerning eye for hook wood.  A smallish hook, this beauty hits the scale at the G mark (4mm).  It's 6 3/16 inches (15.7cm) long.

Hook #3 is the first hook made from a shocking discovery up on the ranch.  We have a Pear Tree!  Yup, it's been there for a long time and has somehow gone unnoticed all these years.  Easy to do because it's nestled in among some really tall fir and tamarack trees.  It even has tiny pears!  So this hook was made from a broken branch and shows some really interesting grain structure.  It's layered.  Hard to see in the picture, but there are concentric layers of different colored wood  that make for a really unique looking hook.  You can get an idea of the color difference by looking closely at the thumb rest.  See the two crescent shaped dark areas?  Those come from a ring of darker wood that extends the full length of the hook.  The dark layer appears again near the shank part, then disappears at the throat area.  Nifty, eh?   Size?  It's a 7mm (not a K, not an L but in between) and it's 7 1/4 inches (18.5 cm) long.  A Peary nice hook!

Hook #4 is another Bear hook, paw selected by our resident black bear from the old apple tree.  That guy does a great job selecting wood, cause this one is another beauty.  How he can tell how pretty the grain will be under all that bark is beyond me, but I'm not going to argue the point.  This hook has even more grain contrast than you see in the photo and it's ALL pretty.  You'll see.  It's an H (5mm) and is 6 3/4 inches (17.5 cm) long.

Hook #5 is not apple wood.  It's not from any tree on the ranch.  But it's a real beauty.  Not really sure but  I think this is Honduran Rosewood.  I usually mark my hardwood blanks but this one didn't have a mark so I have to go by eye.  It's beautiful dark wood and very hard.  So hard that I was able to make this one in an unusually small size.  It's an E!  (3.5mm)   and is 7 1/2 inches long (19cm).  A beauty of a hook and a rare size for Jimbo hooks.

Hook #6 is another one of those yagotme (ya got me) woods that is strikingly beautiful that it pains me not to know it's name.  It even puzzled the guy at the hardwood store where I found it in a bin with lots of other hardwoods.  He did know the price, however.... expensive!  But this wood is just incredible in color and chatoyance.  Seems like you can see deep into the grain, and parts just glisten. Very hard wood and not so easy to work with, but the results are worth the effort.  This one is a J (6mm) and is 7 1/2 inches (19cm) long.

Hook #7 is the product of our summer trip to the Oregon Coast where I visited a shop where Myrtle wood was sold.  I found a piece of Spalted Myrtle that practically begged me to become a crochet hook.  I was a bit skeptical that Myrtle would make good hook wood, but gave in and you see the results.  What you don't see is the other side, or any of the amazing spalted figure along this hook.  And what you don't experience till you have it in your hand is how light this hook is.  For it's size it's incredibly light weight.  And grain?  It's got it all, ribbon, chatoyance, spalting, contrast, it's all there.  Size?  Interesting.  I went to my "Gourmet" gauge for this one because it didn't fit the Bates.  The size is 12mm, which the "Gourmet" gauge says is an O.  There's no "O" on the Bates gauge but you'd expect an "O" but what you find at 12mm is a P.  Whatcha gonna do?   What I can tell you for sure is that this beauty is 8 1/4 inches (21cm) long.

Hook #8 is another Bear hook that, at this time is sold but I wanted to show you another of the Bear's talented hook wood selection.  The guy's brilliant!.

Ok so there we have it!  We'll start the auction immediately and end it this coming  Wednesday Oct 16th at 10pm Pacific time.  Please bid by email to me at jimbocrochetwhittler@yahoo.com .  I'll post bids as soon as I can, but please be aware that tying bids will be settled in favor of the earliest to arrive.  Also, please increase bids by $5 minimum.  Ok, here we go!

BIDS
Hook #1
Carla with $25

Hook #2
Maureen goes $25
Sups bumps it up to $30

Hook #3
Doug goes $30
Pam bumps it up to $40

Hook #4
Joyce bids $25

Hook #5
Sups with $25
Scott ups to $35
April takes it to $40

Hook #6
Joyce bids $25
Sups ups to $30

Hook #7
Doug's bid is $40

Thanks for dropping by!
Jimbo