My knitting background:
I learned to knit when I was about 20, having failed to teach myself while away at college, I learned the basics at home from my Mom (stepmom). I wanted to learn to knit because I had learned to spin (and dye a little) and was creating a lot of yarn that I needed to do something with.
After at least half a dozen lumpy scarves made from home-spun, home-dyed yarn experiments, I didn’t care much for knitting. I tried a baby blanket and I dabbled in crochet as well, but I was slow and awkward and unimpressed with my results.
About a year later, I learned to love the yarn crafts after a couple of knit and crochet projects for my husband went well, and I finished a simple skirt of my own design. Knitting fever then truly took hold!
Everyone is tremendously supportive of my knitting efforts, but special thanks go to my husband who listens to every new idea and can hold forth in knitterly discussions and jargon as though he were an accomplished knitter himself, and to my Mom who constantly brings me inspiration with yarns, patterns and all the things she learns at the many fiberly workshops, classes, and guild meetings she attends. Much love also goes to my sister who is occasionally inspired to knit wonderful toys and is the third leg of the “family knitting circle”.
I’m also on Ravelry, username: polycrafty.