When I turned 36 I gave myself the gift of knitting lessons. Prior to that, I had convinced myself that the quilting, sewing, needlepointing, gardening and painting (to name a few!) that I did was more than enough to occupy my spare moments, and that adding yet ANOTHER passion would be a mistake. But I could not stop myself from walking into Nina and Nancy's little yarn shop in Rhinebeck, where I would run my hands across the enticing skeins of yarn, brightly announcing that I was "just looking"!!!! Who DOES that? The owners just smiled. They knew that the yarn had me at the door.
I signed up for a class. We jumped right in - no scarf for this beginner. I remember that I chose a Rowan cardigan pattern. It took me a very long time to make this choice because the yarn shop had so many patterns to choose from. I determined right then and there that I would never duplicate a pattern - that I would ALWAYS create something new and uncharted! And this worked, that is, until I met the famous FEBRUARY LADY, Pamela Wynn's brilliant interpretation of the EZ Sweater on Two Needles. Thanks, girls.
It pains me to tell you how many times I have violated my own rule with this pattern. I need both hands for the count. And I've never been happier.