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 in Bangalore then, and I made do with whatever I could buy. I then moved to USA for a while, where I bought bucketloads of yarn and 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.
I’ve moved back to Bangalore, and find that there are more yarn stores now, and options to buy yarn online as well. Bliss? You bet.