I'm glad I got this book at a closeout price, because as an experienced crocheter, I didn't find much of value in this book other than a couple of edging and motif patterns. On the other hand, I probably would have appreciated this when I was teaching myself to crochet. The author has a pleasing writing style, but the book is peppered with Mommie Dearest anecdotes that I could have done without. Maybe her own experiences with her mother are what made her so rigid about some aspects of crocheting, such as how to hold the hook. And, just to add a pet peeve of mine: Pattern instructions are set in italics, which are more difficult to read than straight type. As any publication designer worth her salt knows, italics should be used sparingly --certainly not for directions.