I have knitted some lovely items for various friends and family members.I learned as a child,though I only ever made scarves and socks back then! In my teens I learned how to spin natural coloured fleece,so I then started to knit far more intricate things from my beautiful soft yarns. When I was pregnant I was in hospital for most of the time.I decided to teach myself to knit LACE!!! I made the most gorgeous shawl for the baby with this new skill,and I still have this item today.
If I knitted a jumper for someone it would be to insult them. I'm the world's worst knitter! Although I knit very neatly with even stitches, I add one stitch per row and no one can work out how. Suffice it to say that making a scarf is hilarious enough without me ever trying a jumper. My mum was good at knitting, my sister is good at knitting, I have friends who do amazing work knitting ..... it skipped me.
I used to love to knit and do other crafty things as a kid. But I stopped when we moved to Cairns - not much call for knitted scarves and jumpers up here! My mum knitted a few jumpers when we lived down in Victoria - they were great!
Many years ago when my son was a baby I knitted jumpers for him. Nowadays the only knitting I do is with a group who knit blankets for the homeless. I am not the best of knitters but even I can knit 6' x 9" blanket strips, four of which are crocheted together (by others) to make full size blankets.
My mother was a great knitter and she taught me heaps of unusual stitches . . feather, moss, basket, spider, to name a few. Can I read a pattern? Hell no! Therefore I CAN knit but I can't MAKE anything. Well, I suppose I could make scarves, I am able to cast on and off. Haha.
Aaaah! you do make me smile!!! When I taught myself how to knit the lace shawl,I must admit,I felt pretty darned clever!! It was SO much easier than I had ever dreamed it could be,so it was what really inspired me to knit a jumper for my step-mum which also had lacy stitches in it!
While at boarding school, I knitted 2 jumpers for myself. 1 was black & another was pale green. 6 months after I left school, i wore the green 1, the 2nd time i saw my now husband, then later, before we married, i knitted him a funny coloured brown one, & a maroon 1. He still has them both, but hasn't worn them since about that time!
I don't even know if you can still buy 'real' wool.
I've seen 'wool' on sale in craft shops, but when I've investigated the 'wool' I find is actually acrylic!!