I've had many hobbies over the years - they've run the gamut from practical to absurd. I tend to have a short attention span, and will try almost anything once. It seldom becomes something that I stick with. Knitting is the exception. I came from a family of crafters - my mom and aunts are all avid crocheters, and my mom was trying to teach me how to make a granny square from the time I was little. Crocheting did not come easily to me, but I craved working with my hands and transforming the beautiful array of yarns I saw at the hobby stores into something useful and beautiful.
One day, when my daughter was an infant, I was watching a TV program about knitting. It seemed cool, and younger people were rediscovering this art that had always seemed, to me, mysterious and intimidating. I picked up a couple skeins of yarn and some needles, and attempted to teach myself. After several frustrating days, I finally mastered the cast-on, and I was off and away. My first few projects were strange and uneven, but eventually I found my rhythm. I went on to teach five other people how to knit, and two of them make such fantastic things now that it makes my projects look juvenile.
My favorite thing about knitting is the comraderie other knitters seem to have with one another. We get excited about how a variegated yarn magically works up into a pattern of colors and textures we can't even begin to predict. Going into a yarn store is paradise, and discovering new stitch patterns is a special kind of geek-dom that only other fiber crafters understand. I recently joined ravelry.com and I'm enjoying the community and the amount of free patterns available. If you would like to join, it's free. Look me up...I'm etteluap74, and I'd love to see you there!