The Purple Heart Crochet Hook is designed to let you crochet for hours in comfort. It is made from one piece of solid wood and is very light but strong. The hook easily catches yarn and inserts into stitches without causing splitting. The shaft is the same diameter from the throat to the handle so your loops will not widen if you push deeper into the knot. The depth of the recess for your thumb and forefinger is designed to let you control the hook without having to contract the muscle in your thumb. This allows you to crochet for long periods of time without tiring. The wood also warms to the heat of your hand and feels very comfortable.
Currently available in the most popular sizes of E through L.
These hooks will be available only through local yarn shops and a very limited number of online shops specializing in knitting and crochet supplies. You will not see them discounted below the MSRP of $15.00.
My name is Bill Eburn. My wife Linda and I purchased Accessories Unlimited in May of 2016. Our company is a wholesale distributor to the needle art industry. We did not come from the knitting industry but we have learned a lot about knitting and crochet products since then. My Mom, Sisters and many members of my family are avid knitters and crocheters and have been a great resource.
One day a couple years ago, my 86-year-old Mom told me that crocheting had been making her middle finger sore for the past couple years and she wasn’t sure she would be able to continue crocheting. I wanted to help. After extensive research, I decided to design one for her myself. It had to be comfortable and made from a natural product, no plastic or metal.
Previously, I had been contacted by the owner of a small, family run woodshop in India who told me she could make any kind of needles and hooks I wanted. I asked what type of woods she could work with and she mentioned several, including purple heart wood. I was not familiar with this wood but the name set off a bell in my head. I decided then that if the wood was appropriate for a crochet hook, I was going to use it. I know what a Purple Heart Medal is because I have a 93-year-old step Dad who is a WWII veteran, my Father served in Korea and my Brother was part of a tank crew in Kuwait during the first Gulf War. He was later stationed at Fort Hood, Texas and ended up settling nearby in Copperas Cove. He and his wife are both school teachers who have many children of military families in their classes.
In my research, I discovered purple heart wood is one of the hardiest and most sturdy woods in the world. It is extremely dense and watertight. Although purple heart wood seems exotic and rare because of its absolutely gorgeous color, it is actually one of the most durable, stable, and sustainable wood species. Many people believe purple heart wood harbors important spiritual qualities and that it enhances creative energy and assists in healing. It may also eliminate negative energies and tension in the home.
So, I went about creating a design for my hooks. I was able to bring my first prototype to TNNA and found several very experienced crocheters who were happy to suggest changes they felt would improve the hooks. I made the suggested changes on my second attempt and sent some out to the people who helped me, as well as to some local yarn shop owners. The response was great but I wanted them to be the best so I made a couple small changes and now they are exactly what I want.
I gave one to my Mom and she proceeded to knit a beautiful afghan (in what she told me is record time). She also told me that it did not hurt her middle finger at all. Now she won’t use any other hook. I was so excited to think that I could do that for her.
I hope you try my hooks and I hope you like them as much as my Mom does.
While I was in the process of developing the hooks, I also did some research into charities who specialize in helping veterans and their families. I decided that there are 3 charities I want to help. And now we are a proud supporter of all three.
First is Operation Homefront. https://www.operationhomefront.org/aboutus
Operation Homefront is a national 501(c)(3) nonprofit whose mission is to build strong, stable, and secure military families so they can thrive — not simply struggle to get by — in the communities they have worked so hard to protect. For over fifteen years, they have provided programs that offer: RELIEF (through Critical Financial Assistance and transitional housing programs), RESILIENCY (through permanent housing and caregiver support services) and RECURRING FAMILY SUPPORT programs and services throughout the year that help military families overcome the short-term bumps in the road so they don’t become long-term chronic problems.
Second is the Gary Sinise Foundation. https://www.garysinisefoundation.org/mission/
The Gary Sinise Foundation serves our nation by honoring our defenders, veterans, first responders, their families, and those in need. They do this by creating and supporting unique programs designed to entertain, educate, inspire, strengthen, and build communities.I have specifically chosen to have my donations go to the R.I.S.E. Program. https://www.garysinisefoundation.org/rise/ They’re constructing one-of-a-kind specially adapted smart homes for our nation’s most severely wounded heroes. This program predominantly supports our Post 9/11 defenders, that were injured in combat operations or during training while performing their duties. These 100% mortgage-free homes ease the daily challenges faced by these heroes and their families who sacrifice alongside them. Also, many wounded heroes lack the means to update their homes and customize their transportation to suit their individual needs. They’re providing our injured, wounded, ill and/or aging heroes with the resources they need to regain their mobility and independence.
Third is the Fisher House Foundation. https://www.fisherhouse.org/about/
Fisher House Foundation builds comfort homes where military & veterans’ families can stay free of charge, while a loved one is in the hospital.
These homes are located at military and VA medical centers around the world.Fisher Houses have up to 21 suites, with private bedrooms and baths. Families share a common kitchen, laundry facilities, a warm dining room, and an inviting living room. Since inception, the program has saved military and veterans’ families an estimated $451 million in out of pocket costs for lodging and transportation.