I began to knit and crochet at a very young age. I don't remember learning, so I couldn't have been much older than 7. When my family began reenacting the US Civil War in the 1980's I brought my needle-crafts along. In 2001, I began to craft again in earnest when my (at the time) soon-to-be husband said he didn't believe I knew how to recreate a blanket we saw for sale at a local charity event.
If it can be made into yarn, thread or cloth, I work with it. My favorite fiber to knit and spin is merino wool (even better with some silk thrown in for good measure). I use both natural dyes and professional acid dyes for my fibers and yarns (and sometimes revert to my first ever dyes which are made for Easter eggs but do create a beautiful pastel pallet).
When my daughter began preschool I meditated for a long time about what I wanted to do with my "extra" time - before she was born I was a technical trainer (teaching computer applications to professionals). I thought about what I might enjoy doing that could earn me a little extra and I came up with one of my favorite pastimes: knitting. Thus the fiber exploration began.