It's amazing what nieces and nephews can motivate me to do -- like knit stuffed animals and baby blankets!
As I put in my profile, my mom taught me to knit dish rags when I was about 5 years old. So I did these simple, garter stitch dish rags off and on growing up until about the time I hit my early teens, then stopped knitting all together. In my mid-twenties, I decided to pick knitting up again. Rather than knit up something realistic for my skill level, like a garter or stockinette stitch scarf, I jumped right into a cable-knit sweater done flat, teaching myself from books. Well, I worked on that for a few years off and on, completed the front, one sleeve, and about 1/3 of the back. The poor thing lied fallow for ages, but I never threw it out.