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I am in search of some advice from all of you crocheting gurus.

So, I'm wanting to get in to large scale Tunisian crochet. Specifically, I want to be able to make some bath mats. My grandfather used to make bathmats, placemats and potholders for the family from cotton string (not with tunisian, but a knitting loom) and I've always wanted to carry on that tradition. I had a brain fart yesterday about the fact that I could do so using Tunisian (I have his old loom, but for some reason I can't get into using it.). 

My question is, does anyone have a recommendation for where to find metal cabled Tunisian hooks? I have a couple of straight metal hooks and a couple of straight wooden hooks, and with the cotton, definitely prefer the metal (the wood is too catchy). However, I want to make larger scale items than my little straight hooks will accommodate.

Anyone? +Ann G, I'm fairly certain you'll be a very good resource here, but just in case anyone else has strong opinions... :) Should I stick with my 'metal only' idea? Or have you guys had good luck with higher quality wood hooks? I'll admit that the wood hooks I used/tried aren't particularly high quality, which probably contributes to the problem.

And finally, here are photos of one of my grandfather's placemats along with my initial go with cotton. I think it'll end up being a potholder attempt, we'll see.
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I used to use my regular crochet hook with a length of oxygen tubing stuck on it. If you can get it on about an inch so it fits nice and tight then dip it in boiling water you can smooth out the join. That way you can have it as long as you want. Up to about 15 feet.
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#FebCAL  - 
 
I started my #FebCAL  this afternoon with some stashed bamboo in gray and pink (I'm not big on red and white). It's going well, but it's looking like I'm not going to have enough of my main color, so I'm thinking to do a stripe of pink, then a last one of gray and then finish them in pink...We'll see how it goes. It may turn out that these were just practice and that I'll have to find another stash-yarn to start over with. Fortunately, I'm enjoying the pattern, so I'm likely to keep going. :)
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Black hearts are cool☺
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#FebCAL  - 
 
Finished! It turned out that I had more gray than I realized, so I kept doing stripes until I had to decrease for the heel. I like how they turned out and may need a (larger) collection of slippers in the future :) 
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Looks cool sorta like sports/running shoes☺
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#JuneCAL  - 
 
I pulled out the yarn I'm going to make my #JuneCAL  from this morning and figured I'd watch the video before I head to work, so I can let the technique percolate all day. It's looking easier than I'd really expected, but as I watch the video, I can't help thinking that she's doing it allll backwards! ;) 

I'm a lefty, and was taught to work my hook in through the back of the stitches - she's a righty and goes through the front - totally backwards! gah! grin I sort of wonder how that difference is going to affect the look of my bag.

I'm looking forward to this project, I've kind of been looking for a new shoulder bag recently, so I hope this will be it. At the moment it's looking like my color changes are going to be really subtle with the white and buff I've got going . I may see about trying some Kool-Aid yarn dyeing this weekend to make it a bit more interesting. And make the bag something I'm not afraid to set on the ground (all that white!).
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Thanks, I'm not worried about that, actually. I've been following directions for stuff like this in reverse for so long that it's almost second nature at this point :). 
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