...wish i knew how to crochet!
I <3 crochet, I tried and tried to knit, and I knit so tight I couldn't get past three or so rows, so I put it down. Then, I read a few times people said they'd learned to knit much easier after first learning to crochet, so I decided to try that, I got it on the first try, and haven't even bothered to pick up my knitting needles again. I really liked the Instant Expert: Crochet book, http://www.amazon.com/Instant-Expert-Crochet-Thunder-Press/dp/1592237088, because it had photos instead of drawings. Good luck if you try it!
I used to knit SO tightly too, to the point where I quit knitting for a few years. I found that using wool instead of acrylic helps a LOT. It's natural, so it has more give than synthetic. I also refuse to use metal needles anymore. I love bamboo needles now, they are a little more costly, but SO worth it!
www.marymaxim.com is a good site for getting bamboo needles that are a little cheaper than the ones you might find at your LYS.
Off topic, but still crafty, I guess it counts, right?