The summer of 1999 was a magical summer! I had this rather random thought that I wanted a new hobby. Knitting was the first thing that came to my mind. I knew less than nothing about knitting and I did not know anyone who knew how, or so I thought.
So with my new brilliant idea for a hobby, I took a field trip to the yarn isle of AC Moore. I found this beautifully expensive "Learn to Knit" book complete with color photos, etc etc. I then embarked on the yarn and needle mission; I turned my then craftless bones around and saw .... TOO MANY CHOICES!! Just as if scripted, a lady walked down the isle methodically picking this and picking that, looking oh so knowledgeable. I asked her, "I want to knit and I picked up this book. Where else do I begin?" She smiled and gentally took the beautifully expensive book from my grip and said, "You don't need that book. This book will do just fine." She gave a small book to me, one that cost about 80% less than the one I'd chosen and it also included crochet instructions. After she gave the book to me, she picked up some needles, hooks, and yarn and sent me on my merry way. I proudly carried the tools for my hobby to the register and spent a wopping $15 (approximately). I would have spent dozens more if left to my own devices.
At home, I settled in for some quality exploration time. After reading the little book cover to cover and decided to try crochet first. I spent some time with that and said ... ok ... onward to KNITTING!! Well, I had the slip knot under control from the crochet lessons. BUT cast on did not work so well. I was determined and would not give up. I took my new hobby to work to try to figure it out at lunch. A co-worker noticed my perplexed face and approached. I told her my story and how I couldn't figure out the picture for cast on. Unbeknownst to me, she'd been knitting her whole life. So perhaps she found my predicament amusing Anyhoo ... she showed me how to cast on, knit, and purl. From there, I took off and the little book made more sense to me. That little book taught me bind off, inc, dec, yo and the rest is history!!!
You might be asking, "What happened to crochet?" Well, for a time, I knitted and crocheted, but my crochet works never looked as good as my knitted works. My crochet guage was always fickle and my turns always looked horrible. For some reason, I find it difficult to count crochet stitches. I suspect that's why the AC Moore lady gave me the tools for both, so that I can discover for myself which I like best. In a nutshell, I know how to crochet, but I'm a knitter at heart.