And so... *drumroll* I have acquired crochet hooks! Their shininess makes me very happy indeed and I can't keep my hands away from them. Of course, since I am a complete n00b to crocheting, I have been diligently reading instruction books. Hooked on Crochet provides easy-to-follow instructions. I can now make a decent single crochet stitch. And I can't say enough about Craftyminx's Crochet School! School's out, but you can still access all the material and practice to your heart's content. Thank you, Craftyminx!
So, what am I going to make with my newly acquired crochet skills? Definitely one (or many) of these, some of these, and some sort of variation on these. .... Now excuse me as I go poke my hook through more loops.
P.S. - Yes, I did try storing my hooks inside the matryoshka doll. Nope, they didn't fit. I have to get over it and move on.