Growing up, I watched my grandma and my mom crochet and mom taught me to crochet when I was 10. Most of the things mom would crochet were just basic afghans using patterns found on the yarn wrappers. She had a few small books from the store, but not many. Grandma on the other hand subscribed to Hooked on Crochet and a couple of others from Annie's. I have never actually subscribed to crochet magazines. Grandma gave me her entire collection a year or so ago since she's not really using them anymore so between those and making my own designs, I don't have a whole lot of time. I do however like seeing the work of the many other amazing designers out there right now and follow them on different social sites.