For some reason it is an unintentional tradition for the grandmother to teach the grandchildren. I used to spend summers with my grandmother in Pennsylvania, where she taught me the basics of machine sewing and crocheting. I was hooked (pun intended)! I've been doing both since I was about 8!
I've only got a few balls of yarn here as I'm in the process of moving. I have a few more at the new house just waiting for me to finish the little vest I've been working on for my roommate's daughter. I have a big bedding bag in storage full of wool and homespun, and the rest is at my mother's house in a big Rubbermaid tote. Unfortunately, it's about 5 hours away.