I was doing a bit of nocturnal reading last night and all that was to hand was The Happy Hooker by Debbie Stoller. It's a how to crochet book. I always look for the minimum time possible at the photos of hooks and hands and then jump straight to the patterns. Reading it last night was very interesting and suddenly crochet makes a lot more sense to me. Would recommend it to any crocheters who like me still have their L plates on.
When talking about the history of crochet she says that sometimes the employers of these poorly paid crocheters would require them the supplement their income in the age old fashion. Hence the name hookers, she suggests.