My favorite hoop is a plastic, white 4.5" x 9" hoop. I like it because I like to hold the small ends while stitching across the almost 9". It's also funny because I just started slow stitching last year (as a grown-up). I stitched when I was a kid up until about 10 years old. I lost interest about when my grandmother (who was my sewing and crafting role model) passed away. Now I think of her nearly every time that I stitch. This was not her hoop. I got this from a "free" box at a garage sale. I also like it for small projects like this crib quilt because when I fold my project around it, it fits nicely into my school bag for when I go to work as a substitute teacher. It doesn't take up a lot of room.
Here's a picture of it without my project on my old towel that is stained and ripped. Funny... this is my favorite towel from my aunt. She too has passed away. I keep it next to my sewing machine and use it for ironing. I don't see a brand name on it. But it does have "THIS SIDE UP" on the bottom half. I liked that because I totally forgot how to stitch the 40 years that I did not stitch. Now I got it.
I also like these two hoops. I have more than one to-go bag. The blue one I got in the same "free" box as the white hoop. The wooden hoop was my grandma's. It doesn't have the screw thing on it. But if I use it, I can easily take the one from the blue one. I also have a box of hoops in the other house where my longarm is. There's at least a dozen hoops in there of all different sizes. I got that box at a garage sale for $5. I knew I'd use them someday... Thanks to this group, I am inspired to hand stitch while waiting on others.
I also have some metal hoops that were my grandma's and my original metal hoop that she (or my mom) gave me. I don't use them anymore because they left a ring on one project that was a WIP. I don't remember if it was rust or not. It was just a ring... I don't remember the project. I'm pretty sure it's just something that was thrown away when the family was cleaning... If I had that project now I would have probably made a shadow box of it and put it in my sewing room.
Linking up with Kathy at Kathy's Quilts for Slow Sunday Stitching.