I thought it was about time I dropped you a note. It was interesting to hear how young you were when you started knitting. I learnt fairly early as well but only made things when I was in high school and it was part of 'Domestic Science' as we called it. (British curriculum, GCEs) I had to make a man's V-necked sleeveless sweater/vest. Like you, I don't like working from charts (except for Fair Isle.) I just bought a book 'Country Weekend Knits' by Madeline Weston, precisely because it had patterns for Aran and Ganseys WITHOUT charts. As I read through the book I discovered the author is English. One of these days I'll knit myself something Aran. I have the yarn, just need to find the right pattern. Well, I gather you'll soon be off on your trip to Scotland. Have a wonderful time and I hope you can visit a few yarn shops and pick up more patterns too! Happy knitting and travelling ... Lizzit
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Originally from Scotland, I learned to knit before I was in 2nd grade. I have knitted just about anything there is to knit. I especially like complex cable and aran patterns.