I also had bags of string, yarn, and cones of string for weaving. I didn't know how to knit or weave at the time. I barely knew how to crochet. My older cousin had given me a spool of string and showed me how to make a crochet chain using my fingers. So, I made a lot of really long chains. At some point, my mom gave me a craft magazine with an article about card weaving - that was so great! I took some old card stock and cut into into squares, punched four holes in each, and started weaving. The first thing I made with that was a small pocket size bag with a strap that I painted with swirls and smiley faces.
I've since learned how to knit, weave, crochet, sew, paint, print, …. I am an artist - a maker - I am constantly making things and thinking of new things to make. I still use recycled fabric and yarn in my art today and it is often from personal source and contains a lot of meaning or emotion. As an art therapist, I continue to study the relationship of fiber art and emotions - our connection to the texture and memory of our fiber objects from clothing to soft toys. My early obsession with fiber has grown up a bit even more curious.