I have been a knitter and a part of this community (mainly on Facebook) for some time now, so I figured I could introduce myself shortly :)
I like making things with my hands. Before knitting, I didn't to get to do that much, as I work in front of a computer my whole day. But when I was very young, I was always crafting something of paper and such. And of course, there was Lego-building!
But lately I have been feeling that craving to do something manual again. I had pottery class in my head, but the classes weren't a good fit for me time-wise, so I was searching for a new hobby.
Then - I was watching the movie called Demolition Man. You remember the scene where Silvester Stalone is for the first time out of cryo cell in his new home and starts knitting, as he had the knowledge uploaded to his brain as a therapy?
I figured I could give it a try. Needles and a ball of yarn - what an inexpensive experiment. If I didn't like it, I could throw away few bucks worth of items and be done with it.
So I found on YouTube some tutorial and made few swatch abominations and love it so much. Then I decided to do my first garter stitch scarf with two colours. It was short and narrow, but I wore it with pride, even when it started to unwind itself. I had made that, I told people and they didn't believe me! (the scarf in the pictures is the first official project ever!)
The next project was with bulky yarns, which I so like. I found out about circulars and decided to do a tri corne hat for my mom as a Christmas gift. It was a funny and nice hat and she liked it. I had some yarn leftover, so I figured I could learn that decreasing and make me a beanie!
After that I did some mittens with rib stitch, that my friends wanted too, so I made some more. It was fulfilling to be able to provide other people with something to keep them warm. I often joked that should some apocalypse arise, I would be the town's knitter!
I made more hats for my friends and headband for a daughter of my mom's friend who liked my knitting.
Now I am making my first sweater, nothing fancy, simple stockinette pieces sewn together - but it will be the greatest sweater ever created, because I made it!
So everytime someone tells you not to watch stupid action movies, send them away. Because you never know what you might learn from action heroes...