I've been plunged into a world of knitting in the last year or so, and I've found other blogs so very interesting and useful that I feel compelled to start my own.
I actually began knitting in 2004 after happening upon a totally compelling yarn shop, The Village Knitter, in Newburgh, IN, on an antiquing expedition. The beautiful shelves of candy-like yarn and the cozy circle of wing-back chairs made me want to plop down and knit right then and there, even though I had no idea what that meant.
I investigated lessons and was in the process of arranging to take one when I found Sally Melville's "Knit Stitch." The book seemed so helpful and easy-to-follow that I picked it up to "prepare" for class, and I ended up not taking a class at all, but just learning from the book. I got some "cheap" yarn (Lion Brand Homespun) and made an afgan, shown over the rocking chair with my son, in the picture. (Lots of garter.)
After finishing the afgan in 2004, I had a long hiatus while I planned my wedding and then had a baby. I started knitting again in late 2006, making several scarves, including Christmas presents. At the end of the year and early 2007, I took on sweaters, including Sally Melville's "Einstein Coat;" a simple stockinette, drop-shoulder, oversize cardigan from Vogue Knitting; and then a pretty little spring number from Nashua Designer Series Number 4. I'll try to get pictures of these to post, soon. My "Einstein Coat" is shown on the Crazy For Ewe blog (see links; it's in the July posts). Crazy For Ewe, owned by Ellen Lewis, is a wonderful yarn shop that I visit when I get to Maryland (for work). I could go on, but Crazy For Ewe deserves its own post at a future date... I love it there!
My latest crazy idea is to start socks. I've got an order on the way from The Loopy Ewe.