Whittle a Little

I remember back when I was about twelve years old, my daddy gave me a pocket knife. Ever since then, I have always liked pocket knives. I remember it had about a 2 inch blade, a pearl handle and his company name down the side. There was a little beaded chain at the end so you could hang it from your key ring. I played with that little knife a lot. I used to find sticks and sit and whittle them into arrows. I would also find gigantic acorns and hollow out the inside and make beads. Through the years, daddy would give me a pocket knife. I wish I still had them.

I have a few pocket knives that Nick actually found on the road during his walks. My favorite is a little pink one. 

Speaking of walking, I told Nick during our walk the other day that I was looking for a stick so I could attempt to carve a crochet hook.
Nick thought I was crazy and said, “we can’t afford a hospital visit to get a finger sewn back on”. He wasn’t even aware that I liked to whittle. I reminded him that if I have the idea in my head, I was gonna make it happen. So I picked up a few sticks from the base of a maple tree and carried them home. 

I went outside on a beautiful sunny day and began to whittle a little. After a couple wasted sticks and an hour of chiseling and carving, I had created my very own hand crafted crochet hook. My fingers were sore and blistered. I felt pretty proud of myself. I gave it couple more days for my fingers to rest then made another one. The 2nd one was a little bigger and easier to carve. 

I had to try it out so I crocheted a little mug rug for a test run. 

It worked good but was a little rough gliding through the stitches. It needs to be smoothed out a little more and some adjustments need to be made so it will be more comfortable with my grip.

I may just leave them as they are and put them away. I accomplished what I wanted to do and that satisfies me. 

What do you think? 
Have you ever carved or whittled anything? 


  1. What a surprise you are. Crochet hooks carved by Lisa, nice.
    I guess the pocket knife thing is unusual for a young girl, I never had a friend who carried a knife, as a young girl.
    You done good with a pocket knife. I guess they work too, YOU would KNOW, that is for sure.

    Lve ya
    Sherry & jack

  2. I am impressed girlfren. I’ve had a pocket knife all my life but I’ve never whittled anything you could recognize:)

  3. Lisa, YOU are so talented! I really enjoy your blog...don't EVER stop! Thanks for sharing!

  4. That is amazing Lisa that you made the crochet hooks from sticks. Great job!

  5. Wow, I am impressed. What a great job!!!!

  6. You did a good job. I always have loved a pocket knife and so does my youngest son. I gave him my mother's pearl handled knife and he carries it all the time. Love that he does that.
    I hope you are doing well and staying safe. Now you need to learn to whistle while you whittle and you could be on one of those shows in your Daisy Dukes-whistling and whittling while someone is playing the banjo. lol xo Diana

  7. You did an amazing job on your wooden crochet hooks!