I told my mom last night that she should learn how to knit (since I find it totally calms me down and she’s kinda high-strung…3 kids, full-time job, etc :)), and she said I should teach her over spring break. I’m going to buy some nice yarn to bring her as a present for her first project (probably a simple scarf), but I’m wondering what would be a good choice. I learned on Misti Alpaca bulky, which was lovely, but I also learned in the dead of winter. Since it’s getting to be spring, I’m not sure what to start her on…I found it much easier to start with something thicker and bigger needles, but I’m looking for suggestions. (Another consideration is that I want to get enough for her to finish a scarf, but avoid spending too much money in case she doesn’t like it and doesn’t finish, so I’m looking for something cheapish…hopefully <$10/skein or so, if I’m planning to buy 2?)
Also, I’m right-handed, so I knit English and could never really get the hand of continental, but she’s a lefty…does that mean she’ll have trouble knitting English? Should I learn continental enough to show her, and expect that it’ll be more natural for her since it’s her dominant hand? Or is it like driving, and everyone can do it with their right hand?