I realize I posted some ramblings on my blog before I properly introduced myself.
I'm Brian. I'm 36, live in Columbus, OH, and am addicted to yarn and knitting.
I crocheted quite a bit as a youngster (mentored by my paternal grandmother) and tried my hand at knitting, but knitting was a bit too complex for my crochet-based mind to grasp. All of my projects were way too tight and ended up triangularly-shaped. Hence, I hung it up for about 26 years.
Flash-forward 26 years: Said grandmother was overdue to go to the nursing home. She was eventually admitted to assisted-living (at 84 years old). She passed down all of her needles (crochet) and yarn (Red Heart Super Saver) to me due to her arthritis.
I decided there was no sense in letting anything of this sort heartfelt donation go to waste, so I said. "Screw it", and crocheted three skeins of Red Heart Super Saver multi-brown into a 'project satchel'. Everyone was calling it a purse, but it was a big messenger type bag that I started carrying my projects in.
After about two weeks, I completed the project satchel and realized that I really, really don't like the texture, feel, and general look of crocheted items. It reminded me too much of the bright yellow sweater vests and scratchy leftover acrylic afgans that Grandma used to well-intentionedly force upon us.
Therefore, I decided to try knitting again. I figured I was pretty damned smart, and that it couldn't be that hard. I also had a friend at a gay campground who was very, very good at knitting (and I've recently started talking to him again on Ravelry.), and I was always impressed with his work and enthusiasm.
So, I went to the local library and borrowed a copy of "Knitting for Dummies". It was very, very helpful. That, coupled with YouTube videos, started me on this wonderfully addictive path in April of this year.
I also quit drinking on March 25th, and knitting has given me so much more to do than sit around and be bored and go out and drink.
I quit smoking a month ago, and it has given me something to do with my hands and has distracted me to the point of forgetting to want a cigarette.
So, basically, the point of this long-winded diatribe is that I really love doing something that I should have picked up years ago, and I plan on doing it as much as possible, everywhere possible.
I am already teaching my 14 and 11 year old nephews this wonderful art.
Keep on knitting on.