Hi everyone -
I hope you have all had a lovely Holiday Season [whichever tradition you celebrate] and have a Blessed New Year. I've received many lovely gifts - many of them fiber related - and hope you have as well.
Now - the question...
What (or Who) inspired you to learn the great art/craft of knitting?
In my instance, it was an older sister who learned the basics and I was fascinated by the movements and taught myself how to do a knit cast on but couldn't progress any further. [I was about 7 or 8 then.] Several years later, a good friend/neighbor learned to knit and that inspired me to try again. So I checked out all of the books I could from the library and began the process of teaching myself. No small feat as I was - and am - dominantly left handed and most of the books were all about right handed knitting. [This was the late 1960s and I was 12 years old.] Once I got it, I never looked back and have knit pretty much ever since - despite a couple of years gap during my college years. That dry spell ended when I was showing a friend in Kansas how to knit a slipper pattern and realized just how much I missed the feel of needles and yarn in my hands.
After several failed attempts, I succeeded in teaching myself to knit right handed within the last 8 years [so as to be a better teacher] but still do it my way. Mainly socks but that is what I enjoy and am quite good at.
So...what's your story?