Everyone has their own story of how they came to learn to knit/crochet/spin. I particularly love hearing those stories, especially because I personally cannot imagine my life without knitting and spinning!
I learned to knit from my mother my junior year of high school as a way to reduce stress and anxiety. She gave me my first set of bamboo, straight needles and then bought me a skein of Rowan Cashsoft (in a pretty maroon color if I recall).
It was tough going at first and I had to come to her multiple times wondering where my some of stitches mysteriously disappeared to, but before I knew it she was teaching me how to purl.
After that I used knitting as a strategy for relaxing when I got too stressed, my teachers got used to me determinedly working on my misshapen squares during class. Now I can honestly say that knitting got me through a pretty rough time in my life (and since then it has accompanied me through some wonderfully exciting times as well).
Shortly after my mother gave me this truly wonderful gift of a new skill, she also started on a sweater for me. I actually don't remember the specifics of the pattern (Vogue Knitting?) or the yarn, but even after a few years I still love this sweater to death:
When she gave me this sweater I think that was the first time that I realized what I could do with knitting (other than knit squares, unravel them, and repeat), which really inspired me to challenge myself and learn to actually work from a pattern.
I still wear this sweater almost every week because it comforts me and reminds me of the mother who spent a huge amount of time knitting me a cabled sweater because she loves me so much. It's starting to look a little raggedy now, but I don't care, I'll cherish it forever.
This was also some of my reasoning behind working on her alpaca sweater. She gave me a sweater that I will love forever, and I would like to attempt the same kind of project for her.
As you can see, I've finally attached the sleeves to the body of the sweater and am getting pretty close to finishing! Hopefully I'll be able to send it off to her for her birthday next month.
I would love to hear your stories about how you came to knit, crochet, spin, or whatever!