I'm sure Pip of Meet Me at Mikes is a very nice person. In fact, I know she is because she has spent an inordinate amount of time and gone to a lot of effort putting video tutorials on her blog to teach ninnies like me how to crochet. I'm sure she has no idea how much grief she is causing as a result. She has no idea.
Here's the thing: I know my efforts are supposed to look something like this:
Believe me when I tell you that I have studied Pip's videos until my eyes hurt. I have mastered the individual bits - chain, trebble, slip (see, I even know the right words...). But somehow this is what I have ended up with: