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About jimbo

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A Few Things About Me

  • Real name
    Jim Price
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  • Short bio
    I'm a gnarly old hook maker from the sticks. See that avitar? That's me carrying Diplohookticus Jimbosei, the world's biggest crochet hook. I make smaller hooks too.
  • Location
    Spokane in the "other" Washington
  • Hobbies
    Making crochet hooks is my most favorite thing to do.
  • Occupation
    retired patent agent
  • Favorite hook type
    Wood
    Handmade
  • Favorite projects
    chains.... cause that's about all I CAN crochet
  • Crocheting since...
    If you call it crochet, since about 2002

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  1. Oh I like that one! I'd like to see a forest of those. If I could crochet, I'd make one. As it stands, mine would get a third place award for the runner-up to the also-ran in the honorable-mention category of the Charley Brown look-alike tree version.
  2. Great answers! I'm thinking there's something a bit more primal there too, at least there is for me and hook making. Changing a stick into a tool is a pretty primal thing and gratifying on that level. So you're changing a gob of wool into a useful yet beautiful thing... kind of like a butterfly emerging from a cocoon. I really admire crocheters their ability to do that.
  3. Posted this question over in Ravelry and there are some interesting responses, so I thought why not here, in the very heart of crochet. Think about it. Why do you crochet? What drives you to crochet? Now, mind you, I'm FAR from trying to talk you out of crocheting. I personally feel that crochet HAS to be one of the best things in the world to do, because, well, crochet either produces the nicest people in the world, OR the nicest people in the world crochet. That's one hugely important thing that keeps me making hooks... the world's most supportive and friendly folks (who crochet) are my cu
  4. Just can't let this thread show up and not comment on what an AMAZINGLY warm and good lookin and SO comfortable is this gift to crochetiers from RoseRed. Every old fogey should have one in his cabin-in-the-woods. They might even work on young fogeys! Regardless, life is good with a RoseRed Lumberjack Flannelghan! Sleep under one and you'll wake up invigorated and ready to split a cord of fahrwood! They make you better lookin! Your friends will envy you! I think they have supernatural powers.... Don't you??
  5. Nah, I was thinking of you, and a way to get you inspired to get back into designing for fun and profit again. Course I have NO idea how designing works. Heck I thought it would be a simple matter of switching to a K hook, changing the squares to 1" and decreasing the length to oh maybe 5'. Ah but what do I know. But I bet it'd be a hit! I bet it would! Can't say that I've hit that "work" part of hook making yet. I still love to makem.
  6. Just saw this back up on the board and had a thought. I mean this afgan style is THE best for guys, but I wondered if there might be a smaller version for a guy scarf? How COOL would that be? Better said: how WARM would that be!? Whatcha say, RoseRed?
  7. Can't stop the priase for RoseRed and her talent! No wonder this thread is a mile long... it DESERVES to be a mile long! My Lumberjack Afghan is one of the reasons I dearly love to go to the crick in winter. Work outside in the cold and snowy weather, come in to hot chocolate and RoseRed's Afghan.... And the weight?? PERFECT! PLUS we always leave the bedroom window open a little for fresh air, even in winter weather approaching zero. What's on the bed to keep us toasty when the water in the pitcher ices over? ok ok I don't have a pitcher of water but you get the idea eh? So if you'r
  8. Gotta say I love mine!!! VERY nice and warm on a cold Deadman Crick night!
  9. Just a note to let you know, Rose, that the Flannalgan you sent me worked overtime a few days ago. I went up to the crick last week, to check on things and plow out the driveway. Welp when i got there, not only was the snow too deep to get up to the cabin, the power had been off for at least a day. I trudged on foot up to the cabin only to find that it was 34 degrees INSIDE, in the bright sunlight! So... I truged back down the hill and went to a neighbor's where i called the power company. It was 6pm before they got the power back on and i was able to turn on the furnace. And THEN it took
  10. I looked at that and, dummy that i am, couldn't figure out how to do a poll. But even with the poll it seems that there are so many influences other than hook grip that i'm suspicious of any results. If i'm keeping accurate results and interpreting responses correctly, it looks like there's less pain with the underhand/toothbrush/steaknife grip but we're far from beind scientific. Maybe someone who can crochet both ways could do a test, making a square or two with the same hook, same yarn, same tension and all other conditions similar.. then report the results. THAT might be more telling,
  11. yup.. might be pretty un-scientific cause i didn't think to add the grip force in the equation. But i'd expect that pain would follow either grip style if a vice like grip is used for either. And i suspect we could surmize that both grips won't cause pain for soft grippers. Still its interesting to read and, given even gripping force and no pre-crochet stress, there might be a difference.
  12. I think there might be a corelation between grip style and hand pain during crocheting. I have a theory, but would like it validated. So here's what lets do. Simply tell: 1. your grip style (pencil or steaknife) 2. if you have hand, wrist, or finger pain from crocheting. We'll just see, if enough folks weigh in, if there might be more liklihood of pain developing in one style over the other. Thanks Jimbo
  13. I did a little something in my blog about "patina". Its a story about my dad's banjo. How does an old banjo relate to a lumberjack afgan you ask? Well its about heirlooms. Rose Red took a bunch of yarn and transformed it into a true family heirloom. Some things just seem to click, you know? This particular afgan just has that kind of magic about it, and its not just a guy thing. My whole family loves it. Thats why if you look at the banjo picture, you also see Rose's afgan. Just my 2 cents. Jimbo
  14. Great shot of the Jimbo lumberjack! As we speak that very afgan is resting at the foot of our bed up on the crick. Its already warmed Karol, the grandkids, and me and is well on its way to becoming one of the most treasured things up there. I just got some bedtime stories over ebay and can't wait to wrap up a couple grandkids and me in that and read them a story before bed. I can't be more pleased. Thank you again and again Rose!
  15. I'd post a picture here if i could figger it out again... but i did post a shot in my blog, of this GLORIOUS afgan made by none other than our very own RoseRed. She graciously gave in to my pleading and made me one! Now the Jimbo family has a warm and oh such an incredible deep blue and red lumberjack flanagan for those cold Deadman Crick nights. In fact Karol and i used it already... stayed toasty warm under it with our window open in the low 30's up at the crick this week-end. All thanks to RoseRed!! Thank you again, RoseRed for making us an heirloom that is so pleasing to the eye a
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