Heh! I was thinking as I read through your post, "Well, of course the double crochet on large hooks won't work for colder climates; maybe switching to smaller hooks and shorter stitches would be better." And then you came to the exact same conclusion!
I'm happy to hear you're enjoying your crochet venture--and to hear that you're making it work for your needs. Some knitters tend to knock crochet, but I always say it can do anything knitting can, but in a different way.
Thanks for sharing your wisdom as you travel the crochet road again! The tutorials and patterns you've posted are such valuable sources of information--and you did all the hard work of finding them. I really appreciate it!
So I wonder--what's next for you? Tatting? Knooking? Weaving? Spinning?
The sky's the limit!