QUESTION 1-I am wanting to practice crochet - Dawn send me a beginners video - but I gave all my wool to charity - can you or any of your ladies recommend the best wool to start with and where to get lovely colours cheap??
Jeanette recommended Deramores for reasonably priced yarn. Another good place to look would be in charity shops, on Freegle/Freecycle. I'd recommend a DK yarn, and you're looking or one that doesn't split easily. I've also found Freecycle/Freegle can also be a good place to go too. You're looking for a yarn that doesn't split easily, and a DK is probably a good ply to start on.
QUESTION 2-I really like to crochet (although i'm not very good) and I started a project to make granny squares for a blanket/throw but I've given up - I cant seem to join the colours very well - are you supposed to know themwhen you swap over - someone once told me just introduce the new colour and carry on, but my squares have gone all sloppy! So if you could help with that, that would be lovely! (I'm using cotton yarn to crochet with which proabbly isn't helping me - my tensions a bit all over the place!)
Maxime- All depends on what sort of square in making - sometimes I change after each round of other times I change for just the last round or two. There's no hard and fast rules - it's personal choice
With regard to tension- I find this tends to come with practice and feeling comfortable with your work. The more you do, the more you relax and the more consistent your tension is. I found that the only way that works for me, is to hold the yarn the same way I would if I was knitting. I'd be interested to hear what you do. Janet winds her yarn round her fingers as if she was knitting too
How to change colour: