It's so great to read everyone's stories! Knitting is definitely much more then just making things.
My mom was actually a knitter / weaver type as her main profession. So I swore it off as a rebellion.
But I've found myself coming back to it, not with the same mentality, but just because it is so relaxing and, unlike bad card games online, it produces results you can keep around for a long time... or give to others for something, which is always better.