Something else I've always wanted to try, and now I can check it off my list. Crocheted edgings on our pillowcases. This has always felt like the ultimate to me for some reason. I remember going to friend's houses when I was a kid, looking at their bed pillows while I was hanging out in their room and thinking "wow, her pillowcase has edging on it!" I don't know why that impressed me so. Maybe it seemed like such an indulgence, to have that kind of finish on a pillowcase. Something you slept on.
Anyway, Jessica, the creator of the Sharp Crochet Hook wrote and asked me if I was interested in reviewing this hook on my blog. Instead of using a pin to pre-poke holes into the fabric that your crochet hook will pass through, this nifty little hook has a pointy end that pushes through the fabric as you crochet, all in one step. I have to say it worked like charm. I did the first row with the Sharp Hook (I still needed to use a little force to poke through the fabric, but after all I was going through 2 layers of fabric and these pillowcases have a high thread count- bought on supersale- so that could have also been a factor), on the next row I switched back to a regular hook and finished these in one afternoon. The hook comes with a handy book of edging patterns, I used a different pattern on each one. They aren't perfect. I think I'd use smaller crochet thread on the next ones and my stitches are a bit inconsistent, but I am in love with them and think I may do some more- wouldn't a neon colored edging on white cases be fun?
I don't know if edged tea towels are quite my thing, but I'm excited about edging pillowcases.