I started knitting when I was 5 or 6 because my older brothers (6 and 7 years older than me) were doing it...I always thought I should be able to do what they did
. My knitting was so tight that I could barely get the needle in the stitches so never got beyond slippers and dishcloths and finally gave up on it because it was such a hassle. If I saw something I wanted I just said "Mamaaaa" and she would knit it for me :D . After her death I learned to cross stitch and needlepoint because she had SO many unfinished and unstarted cross stitch projects, and it gave me something to do.
Then about 10 years ago the owner of a LYS showed me how to knit continental style which kept me from knitting so tightly. Unfortunately she couldn't show me how to do much more than knit and purl so I pretty much stuck to knitting the occasional dishcloth, concentrating on my needlework. I have a close friend who is an avid knitter and I would buy yarn and patterns when we went to the LYS but never got much farther than casting on since I couldn't figure out how to do the advanced stitches continental style.
Because of health problems I can't hold my arms up to do the needlework right now so was going nuts with no hobbies. Then I found this site. With the help of the awesome videos I now think I can do anything with a pair of needles !!!
I have finished knitting my first sweater (haven't put it together though...gotta figure out how to do that yet) and am almost 1/2 way through my 2nd one now!!!