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Old 07-02-2007, 12:05 PM   #11
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my metal Boyes... and the H/8 seems to be in heaviest use right now. I HATE the plastic ones for reasons set forth by others. I have seen the wood ones, but haven't tried them yet. I have a couple metal Susan Bates, but they seem a little too pointy- I feel like I split the yarn more often with them.
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Old 07-02-2007, 12:35 PM   #12
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I think as a general rule I prefer susan bates to boye because they have a pointier end and slicker surface. I have a bunch of each but these are the only brands I ever use.
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Old 07-02-2007, 10:00 PM   #13
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I love my Clover's with the ergonomic handles.
I also love my Inox's with plastic handles.
And, I love my bamboos made by Chia Goo.

And I also like the one Hero I have.

I have an assortment of Bates and Boyes that I also like, but I need to wrap them in clay to give them a better grip as they wear on my hand.

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Old 07-03-2007, 01:07 PM   #14
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I find the Bates hooks to be the most comfortable. Boye gets caught for me--so it must be the way we've learned to manage our hooks. I've invested in some bamboo hooks for a few projects but always seem to come back to my Bates. I well remember watching my mother crochet with those little steel hooks. She made huge bedspreads, tablecloths, etc. with that tiny thread. Hats off to her and all you who can do it! I sure don't have the eyes or the patience. Maybe once you've learned with yarn, it's impossible to switch.
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Old 07-03-2007, 04:35 PM   #15
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I find the Bates hooks to be the most comfortable. Boye gets caught for me--so it must be the way we've learned to manage our hooks.
Ditto for me. I have mostly Boye, I guess because they were most widely available where I shopped, but I prefer the hook on my metal Bates. Can't stand plastic hooks, yuck. I have a few of those ergonomic handle Clover ones, Soft Touch maybe they're called, but the handle is too short for me. I have one bamboo one from Crystal Palace. It's okay, but because of the drag and my great sensitivity to the sounds certain things make when rubbing together, I can only use it on wool. But yeah, Bates metal hooks are my favorites.

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Old 07-04-2007, 02:44 AM   #16
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I actually have the metal ones too! I think from a dime store "Woolworths"? lol I do like Boye but the brushed ones not the shiny ones they seem to leave a metally smell to the hands for me.
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Old 07-04-2007, 01:42 PM   #17
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Boye. I have a few Susan Bates, but Boye are definitely my favorites.
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Old 07-05-2007, 10:33 AM   #18
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Boyes are my favorites too, I find that the Susan Bates hooks tend to split the yarn.
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Old 07-07-2007, 04:42 PM   #19
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Boyes are my favorite. I've tried working with plastic before, and they just don't work for me. I also have antique bone hooks that one of my aunts gave to me. They're nice to work with, too.
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Old 07-09-2007, 01:42 PM   #20
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I use boye hooks... partly because i like them and mostly because thats all i can find at walmart which is where i mostly shop for yarn and the sort. I did buy one of the crystal-crap ones and i HATE it! ugh!
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