I was asked to try out a product called a Knook from Leisure Arts, something that was new to me. I had never heard of it and was willing to trying it out.
The idea is that you can knit with a crochet hook. Intriguing. There are three hooks in the beginner's kit, each a different size, as well as three lengths of shiny, smooth yarn, each a different color. These are a necessary part of the technique. Also, there is a booklet that guides you step by step, with pictures, to knit with your right or left hand.
The hooks are not your usual crochet hooks. One end is the same but the other end is straight and has a small hole on the end. One of the colored. Click here to see how it's done.
I gave it a try and it worked. I was a bit clumsy at first but caught on fairly quickly. It's not a difficult way to knit or purl.
If I had one criticism to make it's that the crochet hooks are not sharp enough for my liking. I would have preferred more of a point to make inserting the hook into the stitches easier. I've been knitting for a very long time and I'm quite set in my ways so I'll probably stick to my favorite set of straight needles, knitting British style with yarn on the right, but it's nice to know that there are options out there.