I Taught myself to crochet when I was 12. I will never be considered experienced. I need patterns to follow unless I am making a quick afghan or baby blanket. There was no one else that I knew to help me learn harder stitches & I am the type that needs to be shown. My favorites yarns are many. Willow yarns are so bright & the yarn is very good. Among my favorites are Caron Simply Soft & want to own every color they have. I'm getting close! Have a yarn stash big enough to open a store. Make blankets 4 everyone every yr. so they will always have 1 from me since I tell them I want them 2 use the blankets not store them away like so many people do. Right now I am making decorations such as cute snowman that can be strung up to decorate your home for Christmas. Have something 4 every holiday I am making & putting in a box for my daughter-in-laws birthday coming up soon. Am also putting an afghan in that box. There are not enough words allowed 4 me 2 say all I want to here!