hooks and homework

So I’ve started my spring semester of grad school, and boy howdy is it going to be tough.  I’m taking 12 hours, which does not include the time spent that we’re required to meet with our practicum teacher for 2 hours every other week, and the practicum itself, which will take up about 10 hours a week for me.  I’m also working this semester –I’m already so stressed out!  Oh and I also have to present a poster in February at a state counseling conference, and I don’t know where to start on it.

Needless to say I haven’t crocheted a whole lot this past week, but I did get my sharp crochet hook in the mail from www.sharpcrochethook.com, and I tested it on an old pillowcase, since putting edgings on pillowcases is what I would like to ideally use this hook for.  I don’t know what to think, honestly.  The hook is very sharp, so that’s no lie.

However, I’m struggling getting the hook through the fabric.  I don’t know if it’s because I’m pushing the hook through 2 layers of fabric (this pillowcase has a huge hem — you can’t even see it in these pictures because it’s so far down), or if it’s because the pillowcase’s thread count is too high to be a good testing subject.  The hook is just not gliding through the fabric like it does in the promo video on the website.  It feels like the hook is breaking threads in the pillowcase every time I push it through, which is not  what the hook is supposed to do — that’s bad for your fabric because over time it will fray around the puncture holes and end up looking bad.  Look, you can see where the threads already look messed up where I’ve pushed the hook through:

So I am unsure about this hook.  I feel like the idea is really great, but for some reason the product is just not cutting it.  I’ll keep trying though, and I’ll try to use it on different fabrics to see if maybe it’s just this pillowcase making things so difficult instead of the hook.  Who knows, it may be my fault!  It took me a while just to make these 10 single crochet stitches, so hopefully it’ll be easier on whatever I try next.  I’ll let you know soon how it goes.

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