Almost all the women in my family knit or crochet. My maternal grandfather was a furniture builder but during the great depression when he was out of work he used to do tatting. I am a frantic Type A personality that must be going or doing something every waking minute of the day. I started to crochet about 20 years ago and found that I could really relax while "sitting and stitching". I want to learn to knit because I like the kinds of projects and textures that knitting provides. tHere seems to be such positive energy from the men on this site. what a welcome change.