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What's A Knook?

I was first introduced to the Knook (or is it called "knooking"?) last week, when a knitting friend brought her Knook kit when we met up for dinner. She had purchased the kit at Walmart, which is apparently the only place you can buy it. Although you can make your own knook setup, if you want, it's handy to have all the bits together, isn't it?
Knooking is basically the art of knitting with a crochet hook. I think all beginning knitters have, at some point, thought "Gosh this would be a lot easier if I could just grab the stitches with a crochet hook!" The funny little twist-and-pop combo move you have to do with knitting needles to pull the yarn through the working stitch? It can be pretty tough to master!
However, the problem with crocheting - to me - was that it was so dang hard to find the next stitch. The appeal of knitting is that the stitches are all right there on your left-hand needle. You don't have to go digging around for them, or turning your work back and forth trying to figure out which is the "bump" and which is the "leg."
With the knook, you hold a crochet hook in your right hand. In your left hand, instead of a knitting needle, you have all of the stitches on a nylon cord. So you're sticking a crochet needle through the stitch and using it to hook and pull the yarn through. But all of your stitches are lined up on the cord, so you don't have to dig around for them.
Weird, right?
I have to admit, I don't fully understand the appeal. I think it will be a good middle step for crocheters whose barrier for entry to the world of knitting is that they don't think they can juggle two needles at once. (That's what kept me from knitting for so long. Eventually I tried it, and realized that you don't really do anything with the left-hand needle, you just sort of hold it in the air. It's not nearly as complicated as it looks.)
Knooking might also be good for knitters who have, for whatever reason, lost their manual dexterity. Whether due to age-related problems like arthritis, or to accident or disease, I imagine knooking will be a lot easier for many people than the fine motor skills required to use a knitting needle. And it's nice to know that you might be able to keep knitting, instead of having to stoop to becoming a crocheter instead! (I kid because I love!)