I have something wonderful to share with you today.
I was contacted a little while ago by Wendy to see if I would mind trying out some hooks her father had made as she thought others may well be interested in using them as much as she did. Well how could I say no?
I fell in love. Neil Goyen makes beautiful things.
The story behind Neil’s work is lovely. The wood source for all of the hooks so far is Murray Pine. Neil chose this wood because it has a ‘waxy’ finish and easier for handling textiles.
Neil has always been a wood turner – once making 200 lace bobbins for his wife Lyn when she decided to try her hand at that. The crochet hook making began when Neil was given the task of making Wendy a tunisian crochet hook set . Wendy’s Mum Lyn was a weaver – an exceptional one at that – but sadly passed after a long painful battle with cancer last Feb. It felt natural for Wendy to reconnect with her Mum by doing ‘crafty’ things they did together when she was in her teens.
Neil only wants to recoup the costs of making to keep himself in wood and donates all profits to Peter’s Project or the like. (Once I had tested the hooks, I found out that Wendy and Neil had gifted the hooks I tested to me. I have made a donation to Peter’s Project in return.)
Mernoo Hooks are available from 6 mm up to 12 mm and in a length you can specify. I loved the one pictured on the bottom above the most. It’s a 9 mm hook that’s 13.5 cm long and fits snugly in my hand when I use it either in knife hold or pencil hold.
And hooks are not the only things Neil makes. Neil can turn hooks from wooden objects or pieces of wood which have sentimental value for people. Each of Neil and Lyn’s five daughters have a pepper mill turned from Lyn’s favourite loom. How lovely! Such special keepsakes for the family full of memories and skills of both parents.
At the moment, Wendy is in the process of getting the Mernoo Hooks etsy shop up and running. It’s all new to Wendy. She’d done a great job and it all works as I bought a hook for my friend Marianne of MaRRose She’s on Instagram here.
Picture from Marianne’s Instagram feed – she got my parcel
So there you go. I can recommend the hooks wholeheartedly. Great for chunky yarns and they feel so good. Thank you Wendy and Neil so much.