I learned to knit when I was in middle school to have something to do while I was watching movies. I knit my way through high school, but I didn't become very advanced until I learned to crochet. It was easy to be adventurous with crochet, and they made me feel confident that I could be equally adventurous with my knits. When I started knitting garments, I had a hard time finding sweater patterns that I liked. I gathered all the books I could find on sweater construction, and I started designing my own patterns.