But as a hooker, I have definite preferences..I prefer an in-line head on my hook. So I usually prefer Bates hooks over Boye hooks, although I have both types. And my preferred size is an I or 5.5 hook.
I definitely prefer wood over aluminum and both are vastly preferable over plastic (shudder)
I have also bought some "fashion" hooks over the years, hooks I will probably never use, but it is fun to have them.
I apologize that the pictures are crappy.....I took them inside and we don't have the best lighting at times...
I do have some metal hooks. These are most, but I keep my hooks with my projects, so they are not all that I own.
My favorite metal hooks are the Bates hooks with bamboo handles. I find them more comfortable on the hands and fingers.
These are kept in the hook holder my friend Amy made for me. I picked out the fabric.
I also bought some gorgeous Grafton Fibers (Dyakcraft) hooks before the whole issue with Knitpicks. I have never ordered from Knitpicks, but I always think it's crappy when big companies do this to smaller companies. My husband owned a mom and pop store that was partially affected by Walmart moving into town, among other things, and he had to close his store.
My favorite hooks?
Asciano hooks. I got them both at the 2009 CGOA conference. One was the show hook and then I bought another from the vendor. I have never seen these anywhere else...so I just have the two.
With all of these wooden hooks, many are longer than aluminum hooks. At this past Stitches East I was on the lookout a storage solution. I found this.
It's a bag with a mesh front. It's from Seabury Organizers. It's a great case.
My other hooks...
The middle hook was from CGOA 2008 (I believe) and is from Brainsbarn. It's a pretty hook, but a little too long with the bead.
The other is a large hook from Brittany hooks.
The last one I'm going to show you, is a basic D sized crochet hook, but I went to a meeting and we needlefelted the handles. It was my first experience with needlefelting. Whoops, forgot the picture..
What are your favorite hooks or needles to use? I'd like to hear some recommendations on both...