I started teaching myself to knit about a year ago and lost patience with it quickly because, if I'm honest with myself, I found it a little intimidating. Circular needles and stitch counters and double-pointed needles and ack! Scary.
One day I looked at my old yarn stash and saw this cute hat online that was crocheted and decided to make one for myself. I watched some crochet videos, made an afghan, and fell in love with hooking. ( ) Since then I've gotten fairly competent with a crochet hook, making all sorts of things, and I realized that I could really improve my skills by learning the knitting basics. So I signed up for a class at a local yarn shop and learned to purl, knit, use circular needles, etc.
I've started knitting again and am finding it really fun and terribly challenging, since you have to sort of wrap your head around a different concept of making stitches with needles than with a hook. I still love to crochet and have started combining both, adding crocheted edges to my knit pieces and so on. But I think, if I had to choose one, I'd go back to crochet. There's just something about it that really appeals to me.
Anyway, this thread has pretty much no point at all. I'm just curious what you mamas prefer, and why, and anything else you want to chat about when it comes to making things out of yarn. I'm still something of a novice and find it all very interesting.