I first learned to knit and crochet from my mother when I was a school-going kid, and promptly started to knit a sweater. (Ambitious much?) I dropped the project midway, and my mother had to complete it. I didn’t really knit a lot afterward.
I got reacquainted with knitting and crochet a long time later, when I had to wind down and let go after long days (or days that felt very long) at work. The process was so therapeutic, and creating things (even the just-passable ones) from yarn was so happiness-inducing, that I got hooked [pun intended] on it.
There weren’t many yarn stores near home in the early days, and I made do with whatever I could buy. Eventually, when yarn and related items became more available, I bought bucketloads of yarn, quite a few circular needles of varying lengths (they’re my favorite needles), and crochet hooks. I graduated from following patterns to creating simple ones. And now, there are more yarn stores, as well as options to buy things online. Bliss? You bet.