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I was in a car accident when I was 16 and in my senior year of high school. I had always been interested in needlework, but I had no one to teach me. I did have an aunt who crocheted, but she was busy with kids, etc.

My mom went to the local Woolworth's store and bought needles, yarn, hooks, embroidery supplies and a learn how book. She could help me with the embroidery, but that was all. She told me to teach myself and I did.

I continued to try on my own for years. I had trouble learning how to purl and because I had never seen anyone knitting. That was close to 50 years ago. I have other hobbies over the years, but I always come back to knitting. It has helped me get through many things over the years by calming my nerves and helping me focus. I highly recommend it.

What a great story, Patsy, thanks so much for sharing. I agree, knitting is to be highly recommended!

In the last 3-4 years, I noticed more and more women were knitting - at conferences specifically (I am a scientist, and go to a few conferences a year). It intrigued me, especially seeing younger women take it up.

At the beginning of 2009, I made a resolution to take up a new hobby. I went to a conference that January, and saw numerous women knitting and decided right then and there to teach myself. So, the weekend I got home, I went and bought myself a starter kit.

So, I've only been knitting for about a year now. I'm still very much a beginner, but would really like to get better. I'd like to join a local group if I could, because I tend to learn by watching (learning to knit by book is really hard!).

I also don't spend a lot of time knitting - it takes me months to complete a project!

I'm sorry to hear that you're allergic to wool, but I'm so encouraged that you don't let that stop you from knitting! Good for you! There are so many very nice synthetic fibers today and the things that they can do with cotton is amazing! Surely you must find plenty of wonderful yarns inspite of your allergy. Thanks for sharing your story :)

I enjoyed reading your story. And I love the little booties in the previous post. Thanks for visiting my blog today. Happy Knit & Crochet Blog Week!

Alyssa, thanks for sharing how you got into knitting. I hope you find a local knit group soon - it is a wonderful way to learn/improve and share the knitting experience.

Thank you for sharing your story. I remember the first time I started knitting I freaked out because it was wool this & wool that.

I was allergic to wool as a kid but thankfully as an adult I grew out of it but funny enough I still don't use wool.

I don't know if its just force of habit of not being able to mess with wool as a kid.

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