For years and years, I wanted to learn to knit, but could not find anyone to teach me. I fondly remember my German grandma knitting and crocheting while I was a little girl growing up in Wyoming. She made lots of house slippers with the pompoms on the toes for everyone in the family.
About ten years ago my daughter came home from soccer practice with some yarn and needles and said "Meghan taught me how to knit." We sat on the couch, and she showed me how to knit, purl, and cast-on. Meghan's "Stitch 'n Bitch" big sister has no idea the gift she has given me three-degrees separated.
Around that same time I read the first book of the series by Debbie Macomber, The Shop on Blossom Street, where I discovered the free pattern included with the story, Baby Blocks. It would be my very first project. I had never used circulars or read a pattern. I shopped at Michael's for yarn, probably acrylic, and was nervous about spending over $3 per skein (haha!) I can still remember how thrilled I was to get started, and there were many many frogs, tears, and restarts.
The day I brought home the yarn!
The finished blanket for our niece's baby girl Emalee (now in 3rd grade).
Wow, have I learned a lot since then!