I have been in love with crafts for as long as I can remember. When I was a little girl, I loved coloring books, making loop potholders, and baking in my Easy Bake oven. I would take little pieces of string and cloth and make clothes for my Barbie dolls. In the summer, I would make gimp bracelets. I loved Brownies and Girl Scouts because we always tried new crafts. When I was about 10 or 11 years old my Aunt Mary came to stay with us for the summer. She was knitting an aran sweater full of cables and fancy stitches. I would just sit in awe and watch her knit. She got out some extra yarn and needles and taught me how to knit. I made a garter stitch potholder.
I would not really knit again until I was newly married and working with other women who enjoyed crafts. They taught me cross stitch and then helped me refine my knitting skills. One of my first sweaters I made was for my son when he was a baby. Of course I still have it. It's a sentimental keeper. When I brought it out, I was surprised to see a zipper in it, and the seams looked so nice. This is something I would be afraid to attempt now. My co-workers must have helped me through it.
Again it would be over 10 years before I would pick up my knitting needles again (except for a few scarves). I had heard knitting was good for your memory and I was having a lot of brain freezes. I really think it has helped. It's my creative outlet and I can't imagine my life without it!