For Christmas, I gave Emma a get-back-to-knitting kit. Emma is a fantastic knitter, but suffers from lack of follow-through; her attention gets distracted by all of the other things she does well. I had hoped that she might be tempted by having yarn and needles at hand. My ploy seems to have worked:
I purposely picked a project that could be finished quickly; Emma knitted it in a few days. It is called the Cecilia Cowl. The gift consisted of a photocopy of the pattern (it is a free pattern designed by Rachel Atkinson for Loop, which you can find here), a skein of Freia Super Bulky Ombre in the colour Nautilus, and a US size 17 circular knitting needle. I had thought that I would be around to give a hand if needed, but Emma knit the whole thing on her own, mostly during the wee hours (she arrived Christmas Eve so was very jet-lagged).
This is a great project for beginners – the pattern is easy but is also engaging enough to keep your interest. Best of all, the constantly changing hues of the yarn make it hard to put the project down: it is a “just one more row” kind of project.
Emma is flying back to Canada tomorrow, but I am hoping that her interest has been snagged enough for her to take advantage of all of the great knitting shops in Vancouver. I am a great enabler, am I not?
I hope that you have all had a lovely holiday, and enjoyed some relaxing knitting time.