Thanks for all the lovely comments about my African Flower! It now has some friends...!
To The Krafty Cupcake and B... give crocheting a go! I struggled a bit with it at first, but once you practise a bit, it does start to make sense. My Swedish friend, Anna, is brilliant at crocheting and she got me started on it. It does help to have someone with you to show you what to do, but there are some great tutorials online.
Heidi Bears is brilliant - really detailed step by step instructions with clear pictures:
Chain Stitch and Single Crochet
Those are the only stitches you need to be able to make this African Flower, which is actually really easy... especially using Heidi Bears' African Flower tutorial! For Kandi, this is the tutorial I used (I meant to refer to it yesterday, but forgot!):
African Flower Tutorial
I only crocheted up to a point - I didn't do the extra borders round the flower. This pattern is so easy to follow (even for a novice like me), with such clear pictures, that I recommend you all give it a try!! You'll get addicted - I am now considering how many different things I can make with them - cushions, throws... the list goes on!
For those who need a bit more incentive to start crocheting...
Wouldn't it be worth it just to own a set of these colourful crochet hooks?! Ordered Friday afternoon off ebay, arrived on Saturday - excellent! Hopefully I am now prepared for every crocheting eventuality!