You’ve taught yourself a few stitches, maybe even made your first simple crochet item with from one of the “Learn to Crochet” resources we discussed earlier. You’re starting to get excited and you’re ready to pick out something a little more substantial.
Here’s what I remember about those first forays to the craft stores. Whether you’re at a Hobby Lobby, Michael’s, Joann’s, whatever, the patterns, yarns and books can be pretty overwhelming. I had a terrible habit of buying yarn, and then trying to figure out what I wanted to do with it. Not your best path forward folks. You wind up with the wrong amounts, or the wrong weight yarn and you wind up going back to the store for more. You’ll be better served to 1) look at what’s available online. 2) Make a decision about your pattern, and 3) then go in search of yarn.
I know, I know, it sounds like a no brainer, but the siren call of yarn can be a powerful thing. I’m trying to save you some money and closet space. Repeat after me…'”First pick the Project.” Go ahead, repeat it…Now, “Then Pick the Yarn.” Good. Repeat it again. “First pick the Project. Then Pick the Yarn.” Say it to yourself about 500 times, and you will thank me. Your spouse and children will thank me.