My parents have been visiting from Calif for the last two and a half weeks. And though my mom categorizes herself as "not crafty," she whipped up a set of crocheted coasters for us. See they put ice in their drinks over there in those parts and icy drinks need coasters.
However hot drinks were more necessary during their visit as we only had about two sunny days during their visit. And it's still raining, hence spots on the window - although there usually are spots on our windows even when the sun is out.
So while they were here, I picked up the crochet hook myself and made a coaster, not the one pictured, mine didn't come out terribly flat, or circular. Although I did master it in the end with more than a few chuckles from my mother along the way (apparently I'm not allowed to multitask while crocheting because I lose count.) We were going to back the coasters with a circle of fabric but ran out of time.
I saw her pattern last year and liked it so much that I thought it would be worth trying to learn to crochet again.
I followed the pattern all by myself (her tutorial is very well written.) Alice, the creator, emailed me that it was super easy, and it was - thanks Alice. I'm now experiencing that euphoria one gets with the success of a new craft. Although not technically new to me, my mom did teach me around age 8 but it fell through the sieve that seems to be my brain somewhere along the way.
Give it a try.
Note: There are various weights of crochet cotton and mine was a bit thicker than the one used for the bracelet pictured in Futuregirl's tutorial, I also used non-uniform beads. Clearly I have a lot to learn.