* before sewing buttons, flowers or any kind of trim onto your crochet project - glue it down lightly with fabric glue first. It will be so much easier.
* to remind you what hook you used for a project that you put down - use a safety pin reminder. Attach the pin in your last stitch and you should be good to go when you're ready to pick up that project again.
- or you can take a picture of your project with the hook laying on it
* to keep your ball of yarn from rolling away from you - place the ball into an over-sized soup mug or a clean, recycled ceramic flower pot.
* having trouble putting together color combinations for your projects? Take a look around your house. Pick the colors from your favorite painting. Or maybe the colors from the print of your couch. Look at the packaging of your food products. There's lots of ideas there, and chances are, if the colors look nice together on the package - they will look nice in your crochet project.
* I prefer to not mix different yarns together - and by that, I mean cottons, acrylics, wools, whatever. Washing and drying instructions are different for each fiber. Cottons will shrink if dried in the dryer - and so will wool. Acrylics need to be dried in the dryer so it will retain it's shape.
* I do not block any of my crocheted projects. When I'm crocheting and my project starts to take on a cup shape, then I know that I need to go back and add more stitches. If my project starts to do the wave (like the crowd does at a football game), then I know that I need to go back and remove some stitches. It's all in the math I suppose.
* weave in all ends as you go along. It'll be so much better for you because when you're done - you're done.
* a good way to keep embroidery threads, crochet threads, ribbons and what-not, are on small pieces of plastic canvas cut in the shape of a capitol 'I'.