I finally got around to finishing my latest crochet project. It's a shawl that actually ended up being way, way too long for me. So now I have it on display draped over my living room couch.
I taught myself crochet last winter. It was completely on a whim. My husband had mentioned years ago that he thought I would like crochet. I was looking for a new hobby to keep my hands busy while I caught up on my favorite TV shows. (Lost, 24 and Grey's Anatomy are my favorites now.)
I visited a Barnes and Noble with a friend over Christmas break. She was looking at quilting books, and my eye caught a glimpse of the crochet book section. I found a book called, "Teach Yourself Visually Crochet," and I bought it on the spot.
I spent at least three months practicing almost every crochet stitch in the book. Whenever I'd get confused, I would turn to YouTube to find a instructional video demonstrating the stitch.
I've only completed two projects: a cowl and a shawl. The pattern for this shawl came from the January/February 2009 issue of Crochet Today magazine. It's a great source of modern crochet projects. I especially love that it lists all the yarns used in a project, so I can order them online instead of traveling to multiple craft stores located many miles from my home.
Here's a few more pics of my shawl. It turned out OK for my first big project: