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Ah, yes - another addicted, um - ahem, enabled crafter! Hope you have fun in knitting or crocheting (or my favorite, cross-stitch)

A couple of hints when starting: 1) Go to your local library and check out a book or two on beginning crochet or knitting. Scan them, pick a pattern you understand and Then go to the craft store to pick out supplies. 2) Pick an inexpensive but not cheap yarn to start. How do you tell the difference? Inexpensive and cheap may be the same price, but cheap yarn is coarse to the touch, and "squeaks" when you rub it between your fingers. It will wind up frustrating you because it will irritate your fingers, and tangle easily into knots. Buy something you like to touch! The expensive 'oh-so-soft' yarns are better left till later. 3) When in doubt, pick a pattern with a larger, but not huge, needle/hook size. "Broomstick" patterns work up fast - but look terrible unless you have already practiced keeping an even tension while you work. 4) You might want to look up the "afghan" crochet stitch if you like to make afghans - very easy to learn, do, and even create your own patterns!

Have fun! Let us know what you pick?

p.s. I did some pottery while in college (basic throw pottery with raku and salt glaze). Fun to do, but as you say - not portable <sigh>!
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