I am 38 and from Italy, and since I have found you I have become an addict.
My mom has taught me to knit when I was a child, 8 or so, and she taught me the French style - passing on the one herself, my Gran and my aunties have always used. Then somehow I lost it because it needed all the patience of the world and I did not have it! I learned back to knit in my teens, on my own: only, it was so weird because my works never actually corresponded to the pattern I was following. And people used to say that I knitted in a "strange way": this tends to be very annoying, when all the female members (and they are many) of your family are saying it ...
So I stopped again.
Then, like one year ago, having found out that my soon-to-be mother in law (I'm getting married in October
) is a super knitter, I took out AGAIN my old needles, bought some yarn, started knitting again, again had to come to terms with the fact that patterns did not fit, again become frustrated... then, on a boring day I surfed the net, found YOU and my life as a knitter started anew
! becaouse through you I understood that I am a Combination style knitter! I am NOT weird! oh JOY! I think I will remember that afternoon of elation for the rest of my life! Since then, I have knitted furiously, four pairs of baby boots and three baby hats - now I am trying a baby cardigan. Thanks to you and your tips and links I have learned how to increase and decrease correctly, and I am SOOOOOOOOO happy
So a HUGE thank you for your fantastic website and for making me happy!