Been knitting for 55 years. Knit my first sweater at 7 and a shawl and layette for my baby sister when I was 12. Nowadays I love to knit shawls and wear them a lot. I'm really appreciating beading as a new skill in my shawls. I grew up in Scotland and learned to knit with the right needle tucked under my arm. I still prefer straight needles to circulars. I buy longer straights from Europe. Recently I have learned other knitting methods because of worsening arthritis in my right hand. I knit continental and purl Portuguese style. This helps me knit with circular needles and I can knit for a longer time also.