I worked hard and long on this project and it deserves a little highlight in the blog. In January, I decided to try something I've never done and join a 20 part Crochet Along (CAL) called Sophie's Universe. By the time I got my yarn and started, it was nearing March. I worked on it until our big move to the UK in May. It was packed and put with our air shipment items which didn't arrive until August. I finished it up a couple weeks ago and am very proud of the result.
Sophie's Universe CAL 2015
I used Caron's Simply Soft yarn with a size H crochet hook. I was concerned about cost, but I wish I'd gone with a cotton yarn that would have less pilling. My tips, as I learned the hard way, are 1) count, count, count, 2) use stitch markers as recommended to help reduce the counting, 3) use a good quality yarn because this is a long project and you'll find the early rounds start to pill as you get farther along, 4) when they recommend going up a hook size, do it because I didn't and my square is a little wonky due to all the tight single crochets you do in the later round.