A friend at work has an amazing blog (it's a Pretty Modern life) that I recommend you check out if you are interested in anything crafty. If I remember correctly, when she started the blog she was new to sewing and crochet and basically taught herself to crochet from the internet. I also tried to learn crochet from the internet. I was not as successful and needed a real life lesson-but she, like me-taught herself to make Amigurumi. If you've ever seen my stuff and think it's cute...well... her stuff is fantastic!! She even gives tutorials and offers up her own patterns!! I highly recommend checking it out, and she has a pretty sweet contest right now!
Here's to you Amanda!!!!!!!!!!