I knit a sweater many, many months ago for my then-baby first daughter. I used a modular approach from a pattern given on an episode of Carol Duvall. It looked ok once it was finally finished, but my baby only wore it once, maybe twice. The sleeves were hopelessly too long and the entire piece too bulky to be comfortable. I had bound off two pieces only to find later that they were too narrow, so I just fixed them using crochet, not having any idea how to cast back on to a finished piece. I never wanted to knit again.
But things do change. While watching another episode of Carol Duvall, I saw Suss Cousins demonstrating a project. I don't remember what she was making, but I do remember that her movements were much more fluid than mine had been, and her knitting just flowed. It was like crochet, but with two needles instead of a hook. I had found continental knitting and I happily filed the knowledge in the recesses of my mind.
Fast-forward to September. I saw a youtube tutorial, I found some lovely yarn on clearance at JoAnn, and I was lucky enough to find knittinghelp.com which has wonderful video tutorials. I made my first scarf, and here it is:
I sent it to my sister for her birthday.