Beyond the occasional crochet provisional cast-on, I haven't touched a crochet hook in years. I actually learned to crochet long, long before I was shown the basics of knitting. I was on a family vacation to South Carolina and my cousin was dating a girl who crocheted with her grandmother. Stacy showed my mom, my sister, and me how to make a chevron-style afghan and for quite a while afterwards the three of us would crochet together. You can't possibly understand how remarkable that is given my sister's usually firm lack of interest in crafts and my mom's impatience with them.
My mom and sister never turned their projects into anything human-sized (I think a doll might get some use out of them, though!), but I worked on mine off and on for years. I finished it sometime after high school, though I never did get around to weaving in the ends (maybe this winter). I also made a couple of pairs of mittens and attempted some snowflake ornaments before my interest in the craft dwindled.
Why? This all pre-dated Ravelry, Etsy, or Pinterest and my hometown didn't have any craft stores or local yarn shops. Basically, I really didn't know where or how to find patterns and I didn't have any direction to continue going.
However, I was casually browsing Pinterest the other day when I saw a really lovely crochet bag pattern. Unfortunately, the link took me to Flickr (any Pinterest pattern browser can relate to that woe), which is almost always a dead-end. Thankfully, the photographer titled it "Lucy V Shoppingbag," which was enough for me to find the pattern page for the Lacy V Shopping Bag by Cathy Phillips on Ravelry, a free pattern.
I've been thinking for a while that I'd like to try to relearn to crochet (because, you know, I really need more projects in my life). I have pinned a few things here and there but I know they are all too advanced to start out (see above). They're just inspiration for now. But the Lacy V Shopping Bag looks like a really nice beginner project. Maybe I can muddle through it and end up with a nice summer purse? I think I would add a cloth lining with some pockets and I might look into using jute or hemp so the bag is more rigid. It's definitely got me thinking!