So I undertook my first ever piece of crochet at Christmas - a flower using simple chains of crochet.
I'm planning to develop my skills by gradually working through the items in "First Crochet" by Lesley Stansfield.
My second attempt was a baby hat. I'm not sure what went wrong but it definitely didn't look like the one in the picture.
This time I think I've got the hang of it. It's a tiny tote bag. I think the finish would have been better if I had used Cotton DK as suggested, rather than the wool I had sitting in my wool basket, and it's a little wonky and uneven in places where I've lost and then regained a stitch in the rows, but it's definitely double crochet, which is what it's supposed to be. And I am proud of it.
More importantly, C loves it. It's purple which is his favourite colour, so I've given it to him.
I won't tell you what the next crochet project is going to be. If it turns out well then it's going to be a Christmas gift for somebody. I have another knitting project to do before then though - I'm going to learn a new skill, and knit an Aran Cable jumper for Bug - CABLE??!!!