My mom has been knitting for as long as I can remember and she tried to teach me when I was younger, but I couldn't get the hang of it. It wasn't until late February or early March of last year when a good friend had posted photos of her finished Dead Fish Hats on Facebook. I thought they were so cool and decided to teach myself how to knit so I could make one. I bought a beginner kit and a skein or 2 of yarn and found this site when I Googled videos on how to knit. I don't have my first swatches because I frogged them all for projects, but I do remember that the stitches were a bit uneven. I tried to learn Continental based on advice on the 'net, but it just didn't feel right to me. English is much easier and, like a previous poster, I also hold the yarn wrapped around my middle finger vs. my index finger.
My first project was a pair of ribbed wrist bands I gave to my sister. She loved them! I've since made several hats, a couple of scarves, a few felted purses, and a couple more pairs of wrist warmers. I'm now working on my first intarsia project--a baby blanket--and my first sweater--a Central Park Hoodie. Once those are finished, I'm going to teach myself two-at-a-time socks.
I still haven't made myself a Dead Fish Hat but I'll get there eventually!