I think it just makes me a budding art geek. :-)
Speaking of which, here are some photos of the crochet pieces I've been working on. Still very much beginner work, but I like 'em. I'm not sure how to photograph them better; this is just taken without flash on my dining table, under the dining room lights. Should I have waited for sunshine later? Hung 'em up on the white wall somehow? Photography advice appreciated.
I love this yarn, in gorgeous shades of purple, blue, and bits of green and brown, with a nice silky feel. No idea what it is -- clearly, I need to start logging the yarn name, type, etc. Also maybe what type of hook I used? Did this with a G hook, if it matters. The scarf is worked without a pattern, mostly in rows of 3 single crochet, 5 double crochet, 3 single crochet, although in the center, I switched to 5/5/5 for a while. Just 'cause I felt like it. Interest added by two other patterns, which I don't even know the name of. Seashell and squares? It's twenty-five stitches across. I think I tend to work relatively tightly. I started the scarf a while ago (eep -- 2003!), and just picked it up again recently, so can't swear to this, but I think it took me about 6 hours to make (while watching tv).
I'm really thrilled with how this came out -- if it didn't have a couple errors from way back when that I couldn't face going back, ripping out, and redoing, I'd be happy to buy this in a store for $40-$50 (if I were still a DINK (double-income-no-kids) and could justify paying that much for a scarf, that is :-). I think this is the first scarf I've made that I could say that of; the others were functional and fine, but not especially lovely. (Okay, this one was also nice, but I think it was notably too short; ran out of yarn.) This one is just so pretty and silky in person; I keep wanting to wrap it around my neck, just while I'm in the house. Hopefully the intended recipient will love it as much (and will forgive the errors, which aren't *too* bad.)
Seashell -- skip two, double crochet five in the next stich, skip two. Very simple.
Square -- chain two, triple crochet in the third stitch; repeat. (Hope this is clear; I'm not used to writing down patterns. I think these are standard patterns, so there are probably lots of clearer versions all over the net.)
When I finished, I had a fair bit of leftover yarn, so I started on my first amigurumi -- a little elephant. This is the trunk (unstuffed) and the front of the elephant's head; the trunk will get attached in the center. Pattern from Amigurumi World: Seriously Cute Crochet.
I had to stop at this point because the next step is to sew on the face, stuff the trunk, and attach it, and I have neither stuffing nor the little white felt pieces for the face. Oops! Will get them soon, and continue. :-) So far, this has been easy (almost all single crochet so far) but a bit painstaking, since there's lots of counting to get the shape and size right. But it's really fun watching something emerge so quickly; it took less than an hour to get this far.
And if you don't yet, maybe some of these links to knitting blogs (courtesy Barbara Bretton) will inspire you: