I learned to knit over 30 years ago and have done it off and on over that time. I recently picked up my sticks again and was inspired to knit, especially with several LYS within walking distance of my house. Trouble was, I'd always been a closet knitter - until my parter found a knitting group at the LGBT community center here...now I knit everywhere.
I joined MWK a few weeks ago, but this is my first post. We went on a family cruise to Alaska - and I must confess, I spent nearly as much increasing my stash as I did on the cruise. (Qivuit will set you back almost $100 for an ounce - I have enough to make a small thin lace scarf.) Turns out, there are numerous fibre artists in the Alaskan "panhandle." Raven Frog yarns are beautiful and include a description of the inspiration the artist drew from when making her colorways - naturally I couldn't resist these as a souvenier. There are also Pink Carrot and Rabbit Ridge yarns which are equaly stunning. I know have a large bag of hanks of yarn from 220 yrds to 550 yrds. I suppose we'll end up with a lot of hats, mittens, and scarves here at home!
I just want to say I'm thrilled to find a community of so many men who knit from all backgrounds. When I was young, my interest and enthusiasm for needle crafts made me feel different and alone. At least now, I'm not by myself in my passion!