I have always loved crochet but, for no particular reason, have never quite got round to learning how to do it. But, when I saw the gorgeous handful of crochet flowers on the front cover of Issue 3 I decided it was time to dust off my crochet hook (it was still in the packet) and see what yarns I had left from the few knitting projects I've done in the past. I had no clue how to even make a slip knot so watched videos on YouTube and worked my way through reference sites for diagrams and instructions on the basic stitches. It took numerous attempts to get something that resembled a flower; I know they're not perfect but I'm over the moon.
I went crochet crazy after that and found a lovely (and very simple) pattern for a crochet strawberry at Rhythm of the Home. I didn't have much in the way of yarns to choose from (fabric is another story altogether) but I love these strawberries anyway.
Finally, I couldn't resist having a try at Sara Sinaguglia's crochet apple cosies from Issue 1 of Mollie Makes.
Guess what everyone will be getting for Christmas!