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I started hooking rugs in 2001. Within a couple months I had such nerve pain in my finger and thumb, I was unable to continue.  I had been diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis.  Although this had presented me with some challenges, I always tried to find a way to make things work.

One evening as I was paging through a magazine, I ran into an advertisement for the "Oxford Punch."  The handle looked as though there would be many ways to hold it and I thought it was worth a try. I have been successfully punch hooking ever since.

I told my husband "I have such a passion for this.  I know with every fiber of my being that I am my authentic self and following the right path with my rug hooking/punching.  I don't know where it is going to take me, if anywhere at all.  But I know I am doing exactly what I should be doing."  He said he didn't understand what I was talking about (imagine that).  I asked him if he had ever been fishing and just had a "feeling" about where to anchor the boat, or when he was in his deer stand sleeping if a feeling ever came over him and he would wake to find a deer standing there.  Then he understood.

I really wanted to be able to hook as well as punch.  One day while rug hooking with a group, some women offered me their various hooks to try.  Within a short time the nerve pain came back.

That very night I went to bed and dreamt, my perfect hook.  The next day I hand sculpted one and my husband carved it for me.  Due to the unique grip, I found that this hook worked for me.  Its shape gives me many options for how to hold it and what part of my hand to put the pressure on while inserting the hook into the backing or pulling the strip up.

People started telling my husband and I that we should start selling them, that they may be helpful to people with arthritis, carpel tunnel, tendonitis, etc. 

A few weeks later my stepson Nick got a job at a woodworking store. He heard about the idea, and said he would keep his eyes open for a quality craftsman.  Within days he had found someone.  We got a copyright on the design and found a patent attorney.  A few months after the dream our handle was available to purchase.

My hope is that the comfort of this handle will enable you to hook or crochet longer, allowing you to create beautiful heirlooms that will be enjoyed for generations.

The way everything fell into place continues to amaze me. PJM Logo

 

Story Update      

Shortly after our Meno Trigger Grip came out, we found a distributor and it was picked up by mail order catalogs.

Our patent was approved and we signed a license agreement with Provo Craft.  Provo Craft produced our handle in plastic with interchangeable crochet hooks.  These sets have been available at Wal-mart, JoAnn Fabrics & Michaels, as well as many other retail and online stores.   

We later signed a license agreement with Todco for kitchen tools. They were introduced on QVC and have been available in specialty stores and at amazon.com.   

                                                   

   

"Ask not for
mountains of
difficulty to be
removed,
when all you
really need is
the courage
to climb them."
--Author Unknown

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