Your post reminded me of something the Yarn Harlot said during her talk today in Santa Rosa.
Someone asked her if her husband knows how to knit, and she was explaining how he learned to knit in school, and his father and grandfather also knew how to knit although they never felt the same way about it as we do. In fact, the mother of one of them (I think it was her husband’s father) used knitting as a punishment!
Every time he did something bad, his mother would cast on a number of stitches – more for something really naughty, less for a minor infraction – and he would have to sit and knit until he had a square-shaped piece of knitting.
And the capper was that when the punishment was over, his mother would [I]rip it all out and rewind it on the ball[/I] until the next time he got into trouble! I guess that would sort of tend to kill your love of knitting.
I’m glad you found a way to make knitting a positive thing for your family.