Maybe I shouldn't say it's a new interest. Because really, I've been crocheting since I was a kid. My aunt taught me some basic stitches when I was about eleven (I was home sick and needed something to do other than read) and I've always enjoyed the craft. It's fun to see the yarn grow and become something useful, like a blanket or scarf. But, let's face it, I could only make so many blankets and scarves. So for a while, I wasn't doing much with this craft because I needed to know more about it.
Which I learned about ten years ago. I learned how to make a granny square. Which was great, but I wasn't sure entirely how useful that was. Which just proves how ignorant I was of this craft. Because you can do a lot with granny squares. But, it let me experiment and some of that proved useful. And then, a couple of years ago, I found this really great book that teaches you how to crochet visually.
And this is why books are great. I had looked at some other crocheting books in the past, but this one is truly great. The pictures show you
So, I've been crocheting a fair bit. I've started two blanket projects (why two? Because one is for elegance, and the other for my bed) and have created a lovely scarf and am currently working on a project using a pattern from another crocheting book that was given to me as a gift.
I'm still learning. I'm in no way an expert and though I might be doing some intermediate level things, I still call myself a beginner. But I'm so super excited to be learning more about this wonderful, fun craft. My home is now filled with books and yarn. And I am a very happy hooker.