I learned basic crochet from my grandmother, embroidery too, but didn't really take to either of them as a child. I preferred knitting and needlepoint. Many years later when my aunt and I had a Knit shop we both taught knitting, she taught crochet. I still wasn't to taken with it though I did have her give me some lessons so I could help customers who had a problem.
A few years ago I saw a piece of freeform crochet and thought that was something I would like to do, definately not my grandmother's crocheting. However, I didn't do anything about it since my skill was limited. I could do your basic single, double, triple and make a granny square. In fact I have a lovely ruana that I made back when we had the shop and I still love it. I've also made a couple granny square lap robes and given them away.
Recently I saw a class on the internet.... Freeform Crochet. Guess it was time to learn I was suppose to get all the same yarn in 5 or 6 colors. I think I once posted about giving up sewing but still buying fabric. Well I still have a stash of yarn too even though I no longer knit anything more than a scarf. So I'm using what I have and already knowing I like doing this and I have some ideas for other things. What we are suppose to be working toward now is a purse. I've also discovered that crocheting doesn't cause my hand to go numb as knitting did. The numbness is the reason I quit knitting. The pieces I've done so far aren't blocked because I still plan to add more color and stitches to some of them.
A plus to taking up something new... again. This time I really don't have to go out and buy all of the equipment. I already have most of what I need.
I've also been doing a bit more in my studio. In the process of clearning piles I came across some monoprints that were waiting for me to go in with the collage elements. This one is a start. I don't like the dark blue and I think I'd like more green, partly in the bush on the left.