I was ill frequently as a child with Asthma and made many trips to the doctor's office and the hospital. One of the nurses that stayed with me knitted. I got a knitting kit for Christmas and the nurse taught me how to cast on and the knit stitch. Later that week she died. Later, when I was older, I tried to teach myself how to do the purl stitch but I quit because the stitch didn't work right. (I didn't know that the yarn had to be forward to purl. It didn't work in the knit position.)
I bought a book and taught myself how to crochet. I made a crocheted blanket for my mom. About two years ago, I learned that there were knitting/crocheting programs on TV on an educational (PBS) type channel in Salt Lake City (UEN). I've been watching the programs religiously! Recently, this past Christmas, I made presents for my husband, 2 children (adults) and my 8 grandchildren. It took me approx. 4 months to make them scarfs, shrugs, fingerless mitts, and hats/beanies. They loved them all! I'm finding it hard to make any thing for myself as my family is always asking me to make them something more. I plan on learning a lot more things and stitches from these great programs, books, and magazines so I can knit/crochet up a storm!
I became a nurse myself and worked for 31 years until an Alzheimer patient messed my back up. I miss working as a nurse dearly but because of my back injuries, I now can knit/crochet a lot of the time, make things for family and friends, and teach my daughter and son and grandkids how to knit/crochet the basics.