I am working on a design sample, and the yarn I was sent is slightly thicker than the yarn I used for the original swatch. I wanted to make sure that I was using the best hook size for this yarn, and found that I hadn't brought anything larger than a "K" (6.5mm) hook with me on my vacation to America. I thought to myself, no problem, I am in the land of craft stores so it should be easy to find a larger hook. What I discovered was, that hooks larger than a size "K" are a rarity in this town!
After searching several stores, I struck gold at my last stop, Michael's craft store. I was thrilled to find an aluminum "L" (8mm) hook as part of a set in The Crochet Dude's new line of products for the Boye company- at the reasonable price of $4.99! I was also happy because I already have a plastic "L" hook at home and I didn't want to buy a duplicate. I was unaware that you could buy an aluminum hook this large, and I really prefer aluminum to plastic. The bonus is that I also got the two jumbo "P" and "Q" size hooks. It was so great to find this treasure in a sea of tiny hooks. Thank you, Crochet Dude!