I have tried to learn how to crochet and my issue is being able to keep the edges straight. I had heard this book was really good to learn crochet and had lots of pictures. I plan on practicing and practicing until I get it right. Earlier today I did pick some this lovely varieated crochet thread (perhaps it could also be used for tatting?). I also got some good movies at the clearance section, a John Wayne collection that includes 25 of his movies with a documentary for only $4.99! Can't beat that. It will be a gift for my dad as he loves John Wayne. Also for $4.99 I got the movie Raising Arizona, love that movie. I used to watch it all the time as a kid. See pics below! By the way I am going to be participating in the IHSW so will post progress pics later.