It's funny to talk about knitting on a quilting blog but I have gotten some questions so I thought I'd speak about my knitting adventures today.
My mother knitted (sewed and crocheted as well) but passed away before she could teach me more than a child could deal with. So, in my early 30s, I checked a good "how to" book from the library. I was bad because I photocopied the essential pages for future reference (could only keep the book out 2 weeks), punched holes in the pages, and stuck 'em in a binder. I suppose I've had them almost 30 years now.
Busy with family and all their activities, I never got very far with knitting but did manage a sweater at one point. Then.... the onset of arthritis in my finger joints made it painful to hold the needles and manage the work and the yarn. So... I stopped knitting and turned to crochet, which was manageable.
Almost 20 years ago, I returned to college to finish my undergraduate degree and went on to graduate school. This was the time of personal computer proliferation. Professors expected typed work and moved to expecting things turned in via email... so I became friendly with a computer and was introduced to the internet.
One benefit of computer that I never expected was finger exercise. Between grad school, typing reports, and goofing around online... the ole fingers get a lot of exercise. So, when grandson Henry asked for a red scarf with tassels and I picked up knitting needles for the first time in at least 20 years, I was surprised that I was able to knit the scarf without pain.
One scarf led to another and wouldn't you know it... I'm knitting again! And knitting is saving my sanity until my sewing machine comes home at long last!
So whether it's crochet or knitting you'd like to learn, online is the place to do it... plus zillions of fun patterns for free!
And, if you'd like to join an online community of knitters and crocheters, consider Ravelry, a social network site where you can find free patterns and see what everyone is doing!
Lots of wonderful eye candy as well...