My plan to teach myself to crochet by ear started officially with this blob. My mom brings home leftover craft supplies sometimes from their volunteer work, and there was almost a full skein of nice practice purple. How my plan was going to work, was that I was going to just crochet along, and end up with a cute hat. Stop laughing at me! ;p The purple blob did start out ok, the kids teased me that I was making a coaster. But it was round and getting bigger...and then I 'discovered' a new stitch, which pulled my little coaster thingy into almost a hackey sack. Which, if I could figure out how to close it off, would have been ok, it's just practice after all. I started over with some verigated yarn, and frogged this little mess.