I've always been someone who just can't sit still. I have to be doing something. Most of the time I'm reading, but over the years I've tried cross stitch, scrapbooking, and sewing. Recently, I've fallen in love with crochet.
From Wikipedia: Crochet is a process of creating fabric from yarn or thread using a crochet hook. The word is derived from the Middle French word croc or croche, meaning hook. Crocheting, similar to knitting, consists of pulling loops of yarn through other loops. Crochet differs from knitting in that only one loop is active at one time (the sole exception being Tunisian crochet), and that a crochet hook is used instead of knitting needles.
I love that I can make beautiful and cozy things in a relatively short amount of time. There are so many things you can make, not just afghans (though I've made a few of them) and with the variety of yarn available, you can really get creative. The projects I've made have included hats, scarves and gloves for friends, baby booties for a new niece, toys for friends' kids and a variety of items for my Etsy shop. I like trying out new patterns, even if I have no idea what I'm going to do with the finished product. I just finished a scarflette for my Etsy team contest and am working on my first pair of socks for Dewey's Knit-a-Long for myself.
If you're interested in crochet, check out:
*Websites: Crochet Me has a variety of free patterns from members. Ravelry (requires members to sign up and there is a short waiting list) is sort of like LibraryThing. You can catalogue your projects finished and in progress, books and patterns, plus browse other members pages.
*Books: I don't have many crochet books; I find a lot of patterns online but I do love the projects in Essential Crochet: Create 30 Irresistible Projects with a Few Basic Stitches. I also like the projects in Crochet Today magazine.
*Other Crocheters: I admire Nata Jane's talent. She has a real clean and simple style. Fray's scarves are so unique and creative. And of course the members of my Etsy Team are amazingly talented. Check out the team blog.
You can find instructions for crochet on Youtube but this stop motion video is interesting: