I thought it would be cool to knit because I really liked the way knitted things look. I also thought it would be refreshing to try a craft that nobody in my immediate family also did–my mom is an AMAZING seamstress and quilter, so I always felt like I couldn’t measure up to her, and my grandmother crocheted for years and my mother-in-law is a great crocheter, so I didn’t want to feel like I had to measure up to them either. I wanted to knit because I wanted to learn how to knit of course, but also, as a way of “making something my own”. Also, I had learned very basics of crocheting as a young girl, and I was horrible at it (I think it’s a problem with my tension). I wanted to see if there was any “hope” for me with knitting I guess! :teehee: Knitting for me is also a way of being productive. I find that if I take time out for “me” which might include vegging out in front of the t.v., listening to music, reading, whatever, I wasn’t accomplishing anything (I had nothing to show for it). With knitting, I can knit and watch t.v. or listen to music, and STILL be accomplishing anything; I felt less guilty about spending that time on myself if I was busy, and plus, knitting is very portable. You can bring it with you anywhere, and be accomplishing something even while you wait for appointments, which really made me happy to be able to use what is typically a waste of time in a productive way! Being a SAHM, it’s very discouraging to have everything that you’ve spent all day on doing be undone by the end of the day, and knitting is something rather permanent once you finish your project–unlike housework, once it’s done, it’s done, and you have something to show for it (that’s my biggest problem with housework!).
Ironically enough, when I decided to learn how to knit 2½ years ago, I was unknowingly pregnant with my third child. I found out in time for my second knitting class, and was able to share with everyone there about my pregnancy, which I was in utter shock about (until about the eighth month of pregnancy! :teehee: ). I had to laugh at the cliche of a pregnant woman knitting. :teehee: