I sat down with a crochet hook last night.
It was harder than I imagined it would be.
I had no idea what size crochet hook I needed. So I picked two to try. I had two different fiber blends-100% cotton or a cotton rayon mix? I chained. I counted. I swore. I found the 100% cotton on a larger hook made a fabric I could work. The rayon is a little soft for me to handle just yet. Maybe later.
I put it away. I tried a less favored color and a motif in one of my books. Then I chained my requisite 109 stitches, and tried again. I was glad I accidentally bought a Japanese "how to crochet" book, because each stitch's symbol is shown next to a good graphic demonstrating how to execute it. I have no idea whether I am working a half double crochet-in my mind it is "looks like the Easter Seal emblem." Doesn't matter what it's called, does it?
This is not easy for me. I am a competent knitter. I am only a mid-level beginning crocheter. But damn, I have high expectations from my knitting! It's slow going. I found mistakes in the short amount I have done. I have a miscount. If I yank back to it, I think it might help the color pooling I have on one end....at least I'd like it to.
Don't think I haven't considered just knitting the damned thing in Bear's Paw.