My Thoughts On Furls.

Hello everyone and a very happy Saturday to you!

Today I am popping in to share my thoughts with you, on the Furls Odyssey Crochet Hooks.

Furls Hooks Box

Okay, so first impressions were a nice surprise. I didn’t expect each hook to be in it’s own individual box.  And I have to admit to having a little play around with the boxes so that they spelt out the word Odyssey.  Smile

And I liked that each box was marked, to show the corresponding size hook that was inside. A nice (thoughtful) touch.

Not all of the boxes were closed properly, and a couple of the hooks had started to slide out. But they were packaged well enough in paper and put into quite a small box for posting, so they were perfectly secure. And to be fair, they did have a rather long journey to this little Southwest corner of the UK. Smile

I will add here though, that for those of you thinking of ordering from the UK, I took advantage of Furls’ very generous 20% off offer while it was available, so I saved around $100 on my purchase.  And I’m very thankful that I did, because on an approximate spend of £296 (GBP) the Customs Import Duty and VAT and Royal Mail Handling fee cost me altogether, a further £105.61.  

I was expecting to pay around £70 (ish) so this was an unpleasant surprise.  But of course, something which is completely out of Furls’ control.  And when you consider the fact that Wool Warehouse in the UK start their pricing at a whopping £62.10 per Odyssey hook, then the Import Duty & VAT and handling fee, suddenly doesn’t seem so harsh at all in comparison.

Furls Odyssey Hooks Bases

The only truly disappointment with these, is the base of the Odyssey hooks. Or rather, the cheap little label stuck on the bottom.

These crochet hooks cost $33 each at full price.  For the cost of them, I had expected the sizes to be engraved on the hooks somewhere.  What I had not expected however, was a cheap little label stuck to the base of the hook.  This is a huge disappointment, and not expected from a company that prides themselves on being the “world’s premier provider of luxury crochet hooks and other fiberarts tools”  (quote taken directly from the Furls Website.)

I’m sure I’m not alone in this disappointment and expectation of something a little better.  It might not have felt such a let down, if Furls had actually supplied a spare label sheet within the order.  A thought for the future perhaps?

However, that said, I can go on to confidently tell you, that this is the only  disappointment with these Furls Odyssey Hooks.

For years (and I do mean years) I have been a loyal user of Clover Crochet Hooks.  I have liked the feel of them in my hands, and the fact that they don’t snag the yarn as badly as some other hooks do.

But, as good as the Clover hooks are, and as much as I have liked them, I have still suffered with hand fatigue, and I have still found them to be a bit snaggy at times too.  They have, for me, been the best out of what was available to me at the time. (And I have tried out lots of various hooks over the years.)

Test Swatch

The Furls Odyssey hooks however, are a whole world apart.  And there is no exaggeration here at all.

In the picture above, there are two test swatches.  They are both done with a 4mm hook.  And both done with a cheaper acrylic yarn which has a tendency to split and snag.

(Swatches above are not blocked, and were worked quickly over 10 sts.  I used [UK] Double Crochet, Half Treble Crochet, Treble & Double Treble Crochet stitches. I didn’t try to be neat I just wanted to let each hook do it’s thing – and see the end result on each one.)

I have to say here, that I was blown away with the differences between the two swatches.  I showed each of them to my husband, and to my children, and each of them, in turn, guessed correctly which one was created using my new Furls Odyssey Crochet Hook.

Yes, you’ve probably guessed too that the swatch on the left is the Furls swatch, and the one on the right is the Clover Swatch.

To me, there simply is no comparison.

Furls Odyssey Hooks

And let’s be honest here, the fact that they are so aesthetically pleasing doesn’t hurt either.  Smiles.

I was first drawn to the beauty of these hooks, the utter smoothness and sparkle and elegance of them.  That was what intrigued me enough to find out more about them.  And of course, when I read about the $500 hand-health guarantee (plus a lifetime warranty) and saw crafter after crafter raving about them, there was no question that I had to try these hooks myself.

And then Furls brought them out in this utterly gorgeous purple colour, and the deal was sealed.

I sold my artist pens and used some of the proceeds to place my order with Furls.

Tulip Sweater Edging with Furls Hook

(Just look at that shine!)

I am currently using my new hooks to work the edging on my brand new Tulip Sweater which I’m designing.

They do take some getting used to, as they are much heavier and bulkier than my Clover hooks.  But it’s all good. I’m adjusting to their uniqueness quickly and I LOVE THEM.  Just saying this simply does not seem to be enough.  I think that plain words cannot do these Odyssey hooks justice.

single hook image

They are amazing quality.  They are super smooth.  They are perfect to hold in the hand.  They maintain an even stitch tension throughout.  (I was very sceptical about this last point.  I had read all about the Furls signature Fusion Tip, that combines both inline and tapered styles, but I did not think that it would make such a difference.)  Looking at my test swatches, and seeing the uniform stitches I have since created, it truly does.

New Tulip Sweater

This is the Tulip Sweater which I am working on.  It will be in my store on Ravelry and in my Etsy store within the week.

However, if my modest little crochet group on Facebook (For The Love Of Crochet And Yarn) reaches the magic 500 on members, I will be offering this pattern for FREE! So get sharing, and watch this space! Smiles.

Before I go, I just want to add that I am not receiving any commission for this review.  I am not earning anything from any of the Furls links within this post.  And all opinions written here are purely my own.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

Hugs & Happy Crafting everyone!

Karen.x

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A New Crochet Pattern It Seems I Am Back!

Hello everyone!

And a very happy Monday to you all.

I am so pleased to be sat here designing and creating again. It seems like forever since I last did that!

Life well and truly got in the way, and knocked me more than just a little sideways there.

Today I am showing you my brand new “Chill Cardi” design.

Cardi Close Up

I have called it Purple Heather because the colours remind me so much of just that. Smiles.

Purple Heather Chill Cardi BackView

This is the back view, which gives a much better feel for these beautiful colours.

The yarn I used to create my Purple Heather Chill Cardi, is Stylecraft Batik Swirl in Purple Mist.  It is a double knit weight yarn which is actually quite thick and so soft & easy to work with.  I loved every minute of creating this!

Purple Heather Chill Cardi Side View

The actual stitch pattern is a simple Treble (US Double Crochet) row, and a Chain row with Trebles after that.

Purple Heather Chill Cardi Front View

I also worked into front and back loops for added texture, which is how that lovely ridge effect happens.  It was so quick and simple to do, yet looks so effective when it’s all put together.

You can find this pattern on both Ravelry and Etsy.

You can also follow me on Instagram, and there is a Facebook group too, where you can see what I’m creating, and also where you can share your own makes etc.  It is a fun and friendly little group and you are very welcome to join us there. Smile

Hugs & Happy Crafting Everyone!

Karen.x

 

 

So Have You Been Losing Followers Too?

Hi everyone,

Have you woken up any time in the past week, and seen that you have lost a few (or a lot) of followers on your blog?

Well I have, and I know that a fair few of my bloggy friends have too. So I’m hoping that my post here will provide some insight for you.

I saw this post on my good friend’s blog and I have to say that I felt some relief. I have just gone from thinking about a 600 follower celebration, to seeing my numbers drop suddenly. And now I understand why. It isn’t me. It’s Google!

I admit to sitting there thinking “What did I do?” Grins..

But seriously.. If this is happening to you and you don’t have Bloglovin yet .. Then you NEED it.

(I’m not affiliated in any way. I use it. A growing number of people use it. And the interface is good! I have so loved using it since it first started.)

The following information is copied from my friend’s blog about google.

I think most of us have realised that something is going on with Google Friend Connect, mainly that we have lost followers over the last few weeks.  My blog friend Dawn recently shared the following information which I believe is one of the best explanations of what is happening that I have seen:

Hi everyone, have you noticed a drop in your blog followers?

Or are you missing posts on blogs you followed?

I have & I was visiting my friend Linda’s blog, when I came across a post with

the following information, which I wanted to share with you!

This explains a lot!


In 2011, we announced the retirement of Google Friend Connect for all non-Blogger sites. We made an exception for Blogger to give readers an easy way to follow blogs using a variety of accounts. Yet over time, we’ve seen that most people sign into Friend Connect with a Google Account. So, in an effort to streamline, in the next few weeks we’ll be making some changes that will eventually require readers to have a Google Account to sign into Friend Connect and follow blogs.

As part of this plan, starting the week of January 11, we’ll remove the ability for people with Twitter, Yahoo, Orkut or other Open Id providers to sign in to Google Friend Connect and follow blogs. At the same time, we’ll remove non-Google Account profiles so you may see a decrease in your blog follower count.

We encourage you to tell affected readers (perhaps via a blog post), that if they use a non-Google Account to follow your blog, they need to sign up for a Google Account, and re-follow your blog. With a Google Account, they’ll get blogs added to their Reading List, making it easier for them to see the latest posts and activity of the blogs they follow.

We know how important followers are to all bloggers, but we believe this change will improve the experience for both you and your readers.

Posted by Michael Goddard, Software Engineer

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This change was due to take effect on Jan 11, but as I mentioned, I’ve already noticed

a drop in follower numbers, as have some of my other blogging friends

I apologise if this causes any inconvenience & I hope that you can create a Google account, which will allow you to continue following my blog and others, who use Blogger. 

If you do create a Google account, you will have to “Follow” blogs again, as those who didn’t

have an account will be permanently removed from our lists.  However, if you choose not

to open a Google account, you can still follow blogs using other means such as Bloglovin’, Networked Blogs, by email etc but you’ll have to check each blog individually

to see what options are available to you!.

I greatly appreciate everyone who follows my blog & I hope that you’ll continue

to follow by whatever means suits you!

If you want to follow me on Bloglovin then click here.

If you want to read about Bloglovin then click here.

Thank you so much for stopping by today.

Hugs & Happy Crafting Everyone!

Karen.xx