Great Job! Crocheting is sooooo easy..and fun!
Check out Mary Grace's Blog, Hooked On Needles...she has some really great crochet videos! Also, Youtube has a bazillion crochet videos. I also learned a lot of stitches on Nexstitch.com.
Funny you should mention the Hemlock Ring Blanket....I just finished my 2nd one yesterday. The first one that I made, I did the crochet bind off and it was the first time I ever tried crochet...you won't believe how easy it is to do. I haven't blocked it yet...probably will get to it this week.
On this Hemlock, I knitted to row 60...takes forever to go around once...LOL!
If you're on Ravelry, you can check out my projects...I'm merryknitter and I have a picture of the red one that I knit for my sister-in-law.
Make sure you post a picture of the finished Hemlock!