My grandmother did a lot of knitting. In winter we had cute mittens with faces and long braids down the top. I specifically remember those. We had hand-knit sweaters with chunky cables up and down the full length.
When I began having kids myself, my Nana sent more knit goodies for the kids. I still have those, but all the rest have vanished.
If only my Nana were around today, I could learn so much from her! What fun it would be to sit with her and knit up something special, with her giving me advice along the way. Personal advice from an experienced knitter can't be beat.
I remember trying to knit as a young girl, but it seemed way too difficult, so I gave up. I felt the same way about playing the guitar! Ah... youth... we quickly move onto the next thing.
For me, knitting instruction came late in life when I lived in New Hampshire and a local woman gave lessons in her home. It was also a yarn shop which featured local hand-dyed (mostly wool) yarn. I got far enough that I could make hats, and those are some of my favorite items to knit today.
With the basics down, I've recently decided to take up knitting again. Although I live in a hot climate, I am determined to keep improving my knitting skills.
Online videos can be very helpful, and there are a lot of good ones. Unfortunately you must wade through the truly horrid ones to find them!
Books are my first choice when it comes to knitting advice these days, because most books will give instruction and patterns. Everything is all in one place. Find a comfortable chair to browse the pages, highlighting what catches your eye.