I was thinking about how I started crocheting.. like most Italian girls, I grew up watching my grandmother crocheting with thread, making doilies and lace items. I asked her to show me how to do that, never thinking it would be so hard.. but I did manage to get the idea of chain stitches and single crochet stitches. The thread was just too hard to handle.
Growing up in the 1960's and 1970's, I saw all these cool fashions using the granny stitch, so I got myself a book, a needle and a skein of yarn, and taught myself to do all the stitches in yarn. I decided to make myself a skirt (no pattern, didnt know how to do that yet), and it didnt work out.. ended up making it a bag to hold my yarn and stuff and I still have it to this day. Will have to take a picture and show you.
Then, while attending Annunciation High in Buffalo, NY, a nun taught me to read patterns and how to combine stitches for making patterns, and that is all I needed..
Tomorrow.. I will continue.. and hopefully have some pictures..