It's hardly worth blogging, but dishcloths are what started it all for me. A little over two years ago, I challenged myself to learn how to knit dishcloths like this (with a gentle prod from a friend who was already learning to knit) because my mom loves them so much. She's terribly hard to buy for and is allergic to precious metals and nearly every fiber other than cotton (and polyester! LOL!), I knew that these humble little dishcloths were the perfect gift for her. Obviously, I've ventured beyond these since then and am coming up on my 2-year knitting anniversary. I am quite a slow learner when it comes to knitting. I knit six Sophies before the whole design "clicked" for me and I figured out how to count rounds correctly and how to do left- and right-leaning descreases. The Booga Bag was a bit more straightforward and I learned circular knitting (and i-cord) on the Booga and discovered a serious NORO addiction. I love the bits of organic matter embedded in the yarn and I get so much pleasure out of knitting with anything NORO.
This year, I am conquering sock-knitting and shooting for a finished pair of socks every month. It will likely take my knitting several pair before all of it clicks for me, but I'll continue to do it because I just enjoy it SO MUCH. There's nothing like facing your fears (sock-knitting was a huge fear) and discovering new things about yourself.
Next year -- Fair Isle. I scare myself.
In a totally unrelated vein, I came across some excellent copyright links at Bonne Marie's Chic Knits blog this morning. The links are in her sidebar. I have seen several well-meaning people (and not just knitting-related sites) blatantly stealing others' works. Some of the most serious offenders knew better but did it anyway. Of special interest to me was 10 Big Myths About Copyright..