Many knitters will say that Elizabeth Zimmerman or Barbara Walker or Lily Chin or some other "insertfamousnamehere" knitter opened up the world of knitting to them.
For me it was Carroll Overby....on Thursday, September 7th, 2001, at 6:00 - 8:00 p.m., 4 weeks "Learn to Knit" class at the Knitting Corner.....4 of us began the class but ValM and I completed. Both ValM and I had taught ourselves to knit and Carroll didn't tell us we were doing a thing wrong. She gently lead us to different cast-ons and bind-off's, fixing mistakes without starting over, and cables. ValM and I went on to become knitting instructors and lovers of the craft.
Carroll Overby died last night after a long long battle with cancer. I miss her.