12 years ago I bought a book, "Learn how to crochet in 10, 20, 30 minutes." a hook and 1 skein of yarn. I just kept playing around. Then I picked an afgan pattern, From there I kept going to Michaels and buying books and yarn. Now every baby I know gets a blanket. The internet is my newer pattern source I search and copy patterns, then crochet all the time, I keep blankets around my for the next birth.