One of the things that for me made FFXI such a great game is that you had such a sense of accomplishment and pride whenever you did something or got a new item. I never really toyed around with crafting in this game until today, and it was a little daunting, but after spending a good number of hours leveling various crafts I made myself a Hempen Cowl (The Assassin's Creed looking armor for newbies like myself). It's such a simple and basic item, but I was so happy to have finally made it.
The crafting system may seem confusing at first, but it actually comes together and starts to make sense after looking at a few different crafts. I also learned that I need to spend tomorrow leveling Alchemy a bit so I can start turning the Crystals I have into Shards. Can anyone offer any tips or recipes to skill off of that are cheap for Alchemy? I won't be able to do any leve's for it until tomorrow evening.