I'm still very new to this crochet lark. My Mum can crochet like the Devil plays the fiddle* (very fast & very well), but could never slow down enough for me to keep up with her. So every attempt to crochet ended up in a tangle of yarn & a sudden & passionate distrust of anything that involved yarn & a hook (that includes you, French knitting. How much of my youth was wasted on you, until I realised that 11 meters of thin tube knitting was only useful as a cat toy!).
The most frustrating things was hearing seasoned crocheters cheerfully say 'Oh, it's easy!' as their fingers moved in a blur and doilies (another pointless thing) were seemingly spun out of thin air.
Grrr. Crochet isn't easy. It's simple, but it's not easy.
After several attempts to learn from books, and then getting frustrated at the aforementioned books (insert hook where?), a friend of mine recommended 'The Happy Hooker' by Debbie Stoller (who gave us the novice knitters bestest friend 'Stitch 'n Bitch', which would be the best knitting book on earth if they had replaced that bloody ipod cosy with a good sock pattern).
Huzzah! For now I can crochet. Mostly.
Will be posting some crochet patterns soon, as well as blathering on about seeds.
*Or guitar, if you're more Robert Johnson inclined. And who isn't?!