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I’ve been knitting on and off since about junior high. A neighbor taught me the basics, and I took off from there. My first project was a cabled sweater from Vogue Knitting. I felted it. Accidentally.

I actually crocheted more than knit in my teens; I crocheted a couple afghans, at least one lacy sweater, and a slew of slippers (with some hideous sparkly acrylic) before going away to college.

I didn’t knit at West Point (’89 grad).

I did, however, take up knitting again when I was in the Army stationed in Germany as a Military Intelligence officer, in the early 1990s. I started a stranded sweater that I never finished and subsequently frogged. (I actually used it for several small projects.) I also started an intarsia Adrienne Vittadini sweater in pink cotton. Frogged that, too. Learned I’m not a fan of intarsia (but things change!).

I didn’t knit again until the early 2000s.

I don’t think I started because of the boom in popularity; I think it was just time for me to do so again. (Ten year cycle perhaps?)

But this time it stuck.

And expanded. And flourished.