I’m enjoying this thread. I was surprised at how many of you have taken up knitting in the last few year. I think it’s great!
Almost 40 years ago my grandmother came to visit and taught me to knit. I remember sitting at her feet while she taught me. My grandmother was a professional knitter. She made part of her living knitting coats and other items for people. She also rotated through her 30 grandchildren knitting items for each of us. I still have the poncho she made me when I was 10 along with a photo of she and me in our matching ponchos.
There was one little hitch in her teaching me to knit. She insisted I learn right handed and I am absolutely, helplessly, left handed. My squares looked like trapazoids! So for about 10 years I didn’t knit that much.
However when I got to University I decided I wanted to learn. By that time I had been crocheting left handed for several years, and didn’t have much trouble making the switch to left handed knitting.
I knit on and off through the years for my girls and as gifts. Then a couple of years ago my daughters were invited to a local knit group. They asked me to come along. Neither of them knit, they both crocheted and I encouraged them to both give knitting a try. Now one knits as much or more than I do and the other knits when she can fit stitches in around her little ones.
I knit more now than I used to because I have perfected the use of small projects. I mostly knit larger projects in the past and waited for time to tackle them. Now I knit a lot of socks, toys and small items that are easy to take along or do a few rows here and there. Creative outlets have always been very important to me, and knitting allows me to fill that need even during busy times, since I can just take it along and knit here and there.