I come from a long line of stitchers. I resisted it at first, like you do, but slowly came to appreciate the beauty, functionality, and meditative quality of working in yarn. Yarn is a beautiful thing on its own. Tiny tiny fibers all spun together to make a strong cord, made stronger by working that cord into a knit fabric.
The different fibers that can be spun into yarn have their own beauty, as well: linen softens when wet, wool will still keep you warm even if it has been soaked by a nor'easter. Cottons remain strong and wash easily while wool has this magical ability to grab onto itself and shrink down to a thick fabric that is able to stand on it's own or be cut without fraying (that's felt).
And then one day last winter I was down sick, feeling nasty and gross, and I pulled on some socks, knit by my mother, and huddled under an afghan, crocheted by my grandmother. And that's when I realized why I really truly knit, and encourage others to do so. I knit because those garments and blankets and pillows and bags are love, in physical form. They're a hug, and a wish, and a care.
Where to go from here...
These are some of my favorite places to go for patterns:
Knitty publishes a web-mag quarterly full of awesome, free, edited knitting patterns.
Ravelry is an amazing warehouse of patterns, yarns, and people! You have to join, but it's free and they won't spam you. That resource where you wish you could search for patterns by the yarn you want you use? This is it.
Interweave Knits is my favorite print magazine and source for fashion forward really wearable designs.