Thanks to Sarah, I discovered Margaret Oomen's gorgeous blog and her crochet-covered sea stones. After checking out the tutorial, I knew I had to make one!
I really am still a crochet novice and got confused with the directions; I do better with a chart. I couldn't make step 5 work out, and so I don't think my rounds start out at the right place, but it doesn't matter. I ended up with something that looks kind of like the original picture.
I've already been inspired to make another. I was going for a nautilus design to pair with Margaret's sea-urchin-inspired pattern. It occurred to me to try to get a proper Fibonacci sequence, but I was already up past my bedtime and my brain would not come up with anything that made sense, so I approximated the shape. I'll post a little pattern once I figure out how to write it out.
There are so many things about this project that I like. It's fast and fulfilling. I love the juxtapositioning of contrasts: the warmth of the fiber against the cool of the rock, the light airy texture of thread against the unyielding heft of stone. I especially love how the crochet molds itself around the rock until the two meld together like they were destined to be like that. It's romantic! Looking at them makes me happy and calm.
I wish I could say that I picked up this rock while strolling along the beach, hand-in-hand with my husband, while our barefooted children ran happily alongside us, their ebullient laughter startling the seagulls. [sigh] In truth, I picked up a bag of rocks from Michael's, LOL! But you can bet I'll be looking for more rocks on my travels so that I can bring home a bit of souvenir serenity.
More pictures are on my Ravelry project page.