I learned to knit at a young age, i was 5 or 6 and mom and grandma taught me how to knit. to this day in the family photo album is pictures of me sitting staring with great intensity at the knitting needles and my work.
i made grandma a tea cosey. it wasn't fancy, it was a varigated white/yellow/green wool, i had two green metal knitting needles and i knitted 2 sides which mom helped me sew together with holes for the spout and handle.
i still have the green needles. they have traveled with me forever. knitting fell off my radar for a long time. on occasion in high school i picked up the needles and knitted squares. eventually i put together a blanket for my grandpapa and that took a couple of years. never anything fancy just a knit stitch.
i suppose the next big push came when we hit New Zealand in 2005. at the Agrodome in Rotorua Blaise and I were blown away by the hand-dyed wool. we each bought a set of wooden needles and a ball of wool. i knitted up a scarf, still a simple knit stitch but with a neat twist where you wrap wool around the needle and then drop the loops off next row.
back in Canada i made a couple more scarves in this pattern. then in December 2006 Binary Scarf reared its head.