I am also in NC. Originally from S. Texas, though I learned to knit from a great friend when I was living near Albany, NY. I am back in Raleigh now. I am really loving this area and have found a knitting group that meets bimonthly in Wake Forest. I am still a novice knitter. I am trying to adapt to continental style from my makeshift style that I devised. While my way works just fine with straight needles, I'd never be able to use circulars. (I've been balancing the left in my lap and throwing the yarn.) Ah well, no one ever said change was easy.