Very happy to have found this site. From the posts I have read, this appears to be a very friendly and helpful site. I have been knitting for about 8 years. My Grandma and Grandpa BOTH knitted and crocheted...Grandma had the worst finishing technique, lol and my Grandpa knit angora sweater coats for my mom, sweaters for my dad and the work was beautiful. It's hard to believe that I picked up the love for knitting at the age of 47, I would try and try and never could figure out why I couldn't make a stich, for real, no lie. My mother in law came over and I asked her what was I doing wrong,.. when I would try to purl I wasn't putting the yarn to the back...funny now but frustrating then. I would love to hear begginer stories..I practiced with one ball of yarn for a month. Knit some new stitch, rip it out, try another stitch, rip that out, oh yes I was the frogger pro...