Hello! I’m Kate. (chalimar16 on Ravelry) I learned to knit from my college chaplain. My first project was a garter stitch scarf. I cast on way more stitches than suggested by the yarn shop owner, because it looked so narrow. It was perfect for the first five inches, as I yanked my yarn tightly after each stitch. Then I relaxed, and it was enormously wide. Despite going back to the LYS twice for more yarn, it was pretty short because I got sick of it. What do you do with such a funny-looking first project? Give it to your mother, obviously. A year later, when she saw me frogging another project to correct a mistake, she suggested I do the same with her scarf.
“But Mom, don’t you like the scarf I made you?”
“Darling, I absolutely love it. And think how much more I’ll love it when you’ve knit it again.”
Well played, Mom. I reknit the thing at a reasonable width, and had enough yarn to add fringe and make a matching hat.
That was fifteen years ago. The situation has improved since. (Although I still knit for my mother.)
Now I have three Shetland sheep, acquired a spinning wheel last year, and am learning to process and spin my own yarn. It’s a delightful challenge, and there is so much to learn.
Random trivia: I lived in Japan for six years after college. In Japanese, my name is pronounced “Keito” (kay-ee-toh). That happens to also be the Japanese word for yarn. Fate!