I finished this blankie the other night. I started it 3 or 4 weeks ago and made the multi squares but got a bit peeved with sewing in the ends lol. I stopped when I'd reached 36 squares and then crocheted the single colour squares. I fly when hooking those so the blankie came together very quickly. I also used the join as you go method that my friend L showed me when she was visiting the other week.
I've used Rico Cotton Aran weight bought from The Cucumber patch . Their service is fantastic and the yarn arrives the following day.
I have just started another blankie, I'm creating flowers and then putting those into squares.
Prior to hooking I papercrafted and had loads of tools and toys. With crochet you don't need a lot, just hooks, snips, tape measure and yarn. I've just found these hooks- Susan Bates, only available in America but I love them. I have numerous other hooks, far too many realistically as you only need one of each size but unfortunately I've loved then all along the way. I started with bamboo and then found prym but have since found these Susan Bates ones. The ones I buy have been adapted with polymer clay to thicken up the handle. I keep them together in my eldest daughter's discarded pencil case