My granny taught me to crochet when I was about 9 and every so often I get an urge to crochet something. Usually what happens is that I buy the wool, start off ok, then it all goes wrong and I lose the desire so the wool gets put away and that's the end of that project! Last weekend I decided to crochet myself a hat and found a pattern on the internet. I tried for ages to make a hat that fitted my head, but my lack of forward planning let me down, as the wool that I'd bought was a different thickness to the one in the pattern and the crochet hooks I had were different sizes too. After many hours of crocheting and unravelling I gave up. But then I had another idea - I'd make myself some arm warmers as I get cold hands when I'm working on the computer but can't work in fingerless gloves. This time I didn't have a pattern but just worked the size out as I went along. They're not perfect (I'm not even quite sure they're the same size as each other!), but they are unique. Initially I could only wear them when I was sitting down as they fell off when I walked, but thanks to some shearing elastic I can now walk in them too!
I don't think they'll start a new fashion trend, and I won't be making anymore, but they're bright and cheerful and will keep my arms and hands warm when I'm working. (I couldn't photograph them both, logistics of a camera and not enough hands, but there is a pair really!).