This is some excepts from a few correspondences I had with a viewer, Wendy Frances Milone. She shared through experiences some information that I thought might be helpful to other rag rug makers and crocheters.
"Hi Erin, I am really enjoying your videos. I want to suggest that it is important to take care of your hands and arms. If one hook works better and/or stops the pain in your hands and arms than use that hook. There is nothing more important than taking care of your health. I found my left arm weakening several years ago. It turns out that I had carpal tunnel. Now, I work harder at keeping my hands and arms flexible. I don’t know what it is. All I know is that I do not like the plastic needle. I need to find a needle that will support my grip firmly. The length of the needle is another consideration. I do not feel comfortable with a short needle. It makes working with fabric feel awkward. If you are going to take a hobby seriously you should buy the best you can afford when it comes to tools and supplies. Your crochet needle is your tool. It is a necessity. There is no need to complain or justify buying a well made tool. It is being responsible about one's health. What could be better than working with a crochet needle you feel comfortable with. There can be no distractions. Your mind is focused, your heart is happy and your body says thank you for taking care of it. It's a Win Win situation!"
Thank you for sharing Wendy!!! I have added several more rag rug hook sizes, varying from almost 10 mm to 22 mm.
Here is a link for several hook choices that might help you.
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