It did not disappoint. The instructions were clear, plus the book came with everything to get started: a crochet hook, two types of yarn, yarn needle, stitch markers, button, and a cute handy case. Once you have the book, you're good to go. I spent a couple of months learning the stitches, doing some things over and over until I understood them, and making everything in the book.
Projects include a jewelry roll, a clutch pouch, flowers (I had to make several before I got the five petals it was supposed to have -- I kept getting six or seven), a hat (which turned out well but too small for my giant head), a granny scarf
and a mesh bag for soap, which now hangs in my shower and gets regular use.
Everything was made with the included yarn except for the hat and scarf. Those are kind of the finale projects and you need to buy your own yarn for them (which by this point you actually look forward to doing).
After finishing the book, I felt confident to delve into whatever crochet adventures I found beckoning. Other than yarn, the only purchases I've made are a variety of bee-u-ti-ful crochet hooks -- I love their glowing colors -- and a pretty blue pair of small scissors.