Advanced, I guess. I have met a few patterns that stumped me, so definitely not expert. I'll try any pattern that I fancy, can figure out a way to bead almost any crochet pattern, and I have designed a few pieces. Never thought about it actually, and I've never added a "level" needed to any of my patterns. Is this something I should try to do?? Hmmmm..... I cannot make a bullion stitch...it has frustrated me for years! Maybe I better back myself up to an "intermediate"
I use Dawn dish soap and COLD water. Dry completely. If there's any natural oils on your hands, it just makes the situation worse! I've been know to powder my hooks, but haven't powdered my hands!