I'm Jeffrey, a native of Long Island, NY, but living in southern Florida since 1997.
I'm 38 years old, male, and got into knitting for two reasons:
- around 1993 or so I discovered a love for knot tying when my brother got me a book on the subject
- my mother, who died in 2001, was a phenomenal knitter for decades, and I wanted to be "closer to her" in this way
For some stupid reason, I never got Mom to teach me to knit all during those early years. I guess it just never occurred to me how cool it would be to be able to make knit projects (like she had always done). I stuck with my knotting, which was (and it puzzles me now how it could have been) enough for me.
When Mom got sick, we were going to have her teach me to knit so I could carry on the tradition, but unfortunately her decline was far too rapid to allow for it. So after a good deal of procrastinating--during which I learned to fly and to skydive--four years after she was gone, I marched down to a local knitting store ("Great Balls of Yarn" here in West Palm Beach), and signed up for a beginner knitting class.
So that was 2005. I've known how to cast on, knit, purl, and cast off, for four years. It's time to learn more!! (Right?!) So I was back at the store yesterday to inquire about an intermediate class. It was so funny--when the manager of the store came out from a side room, she trumpeted, "WE'VE GOT A MALE!!"
That kinda feels good, y'know?
So the next intermediate class is on 11/14/09 and I plan to join in.
My ultimate goal is to be able to knit myself a ten-pound sweater (I kid!) like the kind of huge cable knit thing a sailor would wear in a Nor'easter off the coast of Maine. Something in heavy black wool, about an inch thick, you know? Maybe natural color, I dunno.
So, I guess I'll see you all around this forum as I try to learn more about this stuff. I've already learned the "long-tail cast on" from the video on the main page, so thanks for that, whoever is responsible for producing it.
Nice to find this site here!