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.
I did, however, take up knitting again when I was in the Army stationed in Germany in the early 1990s. I started a stranded sweater that I never finished and subsequently frogged. (I actually still have the remains of the yarn in my stash here on Ravelry & have 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.
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.