In early 2011, my mom offered to teach me how to knit. Although I had done other needle crafts, I had never tried knitting, and it was something I was interested in. She sat down with me and taught me the basics — cast on, knit, purl, and cast off. I practiced these for a while and soon I was ready to try making something.
I decided on a 2×2 ribbed scarf using Lion Brand Wool Ease in a nice forest color and my first needles — bamboo circulars. I had to ask my mom to again show me how to cast on, but once I started the ribbing, I got into the hang of it very quickly.
I diligently worked on the scarf, even while traveling and sitting at the airport waiting for a flight. I began to enjoy the rhythm… knit, knit, purl, purl, knit, knit, purl, purl…. It was relaxing for me, and I felt like I was accomplishing something. It wasn’t long before I finished the scarf, and I was (and still am) quite proud of it. Such a simple piece to me now, but that was what started my love affair with knitting.