Now that I am working on my third crochet project, I felt that it was time to make a long term commitment to the craft and invest in more comfortable hooks. I really love these bamboo handled ones from Susan Bates. They have allowed me to crochet longer without feeling any hand or wrist pain. My old set will be given to my niece after a little bit of refashioning. Thanks Nicky for the idea!
Another addition to the toolbox is a great PDF reader app for the iPad and iPhone called Goodreader. Most of my patterns are stored on my iPad and now with Goodreader, I am able to mark them up to my heart's content. There is even a moveable highlighter function which I use to keep track of where I am in a pattern or chart. This is also a great way to highlight the instructions for a specific size. No more searching for a pen or sticky notes. For someone like me who has many WIP's to manage, this tool makes it easier to keep the different patterns and project notes organized and at my fingertips.