A while ago, I stumbled across this fantastic shop on Etsy and, in particular, this hook organizer! I fell in love and posted a photo of it and the link to my Tumblr page so that other artists could see it! At the time, I didn’t think much of it, I had just found something cool that I wanted to share with other crocheters (and eventually purchase for myself).
At this point, two things happened. First (and unknown to me) my fiancé purchased one of their hook organizers for me for my birthday. Second, my post proceeded to get a ton of notes. Enough notes that Chetnanigans noticed the influx of Tumblr traffic and reached out to me with an offer! In exchange for a product review, they were willing to send me one of their organizers! I tell you this up front in the interest of being transparent. However, I have now been using these organizers in my work for several weeks and believe that I have been able to obtain an unbiased opinion on them!
From the time or order, each hook organizer took a week and a half to arrive. This was within their stated timeframe and, for a made to order item, was excellent! Upon arrival, the product was securely bubble wrapped in a professional and aesthetically pleasing way.
A note I have is that the box came with an adorable Chetnanigan’s sticker on the outside. I adore the branding and think it adds a nice touch. However, when my birthday present arrived, I knew what it was right away! If you happen to be ordering a gift for someone who is likely to see the mail arrive, you might want to make note of that when ordering. However, I knew that the organizer was coming before it showed up, so no surprises were ruined and I am not complaining! On the contrary, I’m looking into where to get adorable stickers made for Mostly Harmless!
Chetnanigans’ pieces also arrive with small package of supplies – a seam ripper, a tapestry needle, stitch markers, a tape measure, and a pair of scissors. I really appreciate the touch, especially as the organizer itself comes with a perfect spot for each of these tools!
When each hook organizer arrived, I was very excited to dig my hooks out of the disorganized pouch where they were living and put them on display! As I do not have a full set of hooks, it took a bit of trial and error to find the perfect slot for each hook in the standard size organizer. My main conclusion here is that I need more crochet hooks and I don’t find this to be a negative. The hooks fit beautifully and look fantastic! I think that the standard size hook organizer is flawless! I still loose my scissors, but that wouldn’t happen if I actually put them back where they belonged rather than next to me on the couch.
For the comfort grip organizer, there’s a lot more flexibility on hook positions, as all the holes are the same size. As there are numerous brands of comfort handles, the artist does a great job making sure that the holes will work for as many of them as possible. I took a gamble here as my Susan Bates hooks were not on the list of tested hook brands for this piece but they fit beautifully! I would note that the holes on the bottom of the organizer that hold the hooks in place are a bit shallow. When I move the hook organizer from place to place, the hooks have a tendency to shift out of place and need to be adjusted when I settle down. However, I mainly mention this in the interest of writing a balanced review because I am totally in love with this piece!
What makes this really special is that I haven’t seen anything like it before! I’ve spent years rummaging around in bags for my crochet hooks or storing them in cups. I love the simplicity of the design that is both beautiful to look at and highly functional! It is very clear that the artists understand crocheters and have put a lot of thought into their design!
As a final design note, I was pleasantly surprised by the stitch marker section. When I first looked at it online, my first thought was “don’t they have cats? Those will never stay in place!” However, two weeks in and my cat has yet to bother them! I can’t be sure if this is due to design or my cat being oblivious, but I am very happy either way. I love having stitch markers RIGHT THERE as it enables me to work much more efficiently.
Working with this Etsy shop was a joy! I spoke to both the husband and wife through Etsy messages and found them both charming and helpful. They helped me decide on a product and happily shared their story with me!
Overall, I am thrilled with Chetnanigans and will definitely be placing an order again! My ambition is to someday have enough tools around to need to purchase this and I have my eye on this blocking tool if I ever get my act together about making a granny square blanket.
10/10, would recommend!