Yes, I hook fast. But that's my job and I've been doing it for a long time -- over 20 years. I have nimble fingers when it comes to most crafts. I love to make things, especially rugs. I find the process very meditative. And if I have a deadline, a good British television series available on Netflix so I can stream it to my computer, I will sit and hook until my arm or my bottom (or both) hurts.
The welcome mat in the previous post measures only 7.5 inches by 23.5 inches, so its not very big. Also, I find straight lines that are hooked in the same direction as the weave of the linen are incredibly fast to do. It's like stitching in the ditch for quilters -- you follow the space between the same two threads. I can almost do it without looking now. The first loop spreads the next few holes in the backing and my hook just naturally goes to that space. I find straight lines the easiest thing to hook. Give me a pictorial and it seems to take me forever . . . which is probably why I don't do too many pictorials!