I've been lurking for a few weeks, checking out all the good advice. This site has been a really big help to me.
I'm relatively new to knitting. I've always wanted to knit. I asked my mum to teach me how when I was a kid, and she only knew how to make a knit stitch English-style, so we (incorrectly) cast on some stitches and I made some garter stitch fabric that I kept for years and years because I was so proud of it.
I got older and decided to teach myself from books. I knit a scarf, then gave it up because my ex-boyfriend thought it was a waste of time and money and wasn't happy with me knitting.
He had some rather twisted feminist ideas and thought that if I was knitting then I couldn't possibly have any other 'worthwhile' ambitions and all I wanted to do was become a homemaker.
(Wow, I got a little ranty there, sorry.)
Anyway, a year later, I moved to Canada where it is really, REALLY COLD and I caught the bug again when I decided to knit a cunning hat (Jayne's hat, from Firefly) for the (new) significant other. He loves it and everyone else thinks its neat so I'm really happy. I then knit another three hats in a week and a half, and I think I'm seriously hooked this time. I can't wait to try new things like cables and lace.
P.S. I bought my first skein of malabrigo yarn this weekend after seeing everyone going crazy over it and wondering what the big deal is. It is sooo pretty...