@jrs: I don’t think I’d ever seen this collection before, but I love it! There’s a cowl on there that’s caught my eye, he’s expressed interest in making one and it looks like a quick and cozy project!
Just make sure he uses 100% wool yarn.
@VieRadek: thank you for the suggestion, however, it doesn’t quite fit the bill in this situation, as mentioned in the OP. I will be keeping the pattern around for myself or another friend, though, as I enjoy working with wool.
@sabograd: a blanket is a great idea! One of my favorite projects I ever made was a sampler blanket as a baby gift; it was so well received, and like you, I was far more confident after completing it. But oooooh a vest! I should definitely tempt him with a sweater vest pattern. Maybe a fun kaffe exploration is in order
@JennR: Such a good point! Maybe we’ll have an afternoon of exploring some of the patterns I have, get him set up on ravelry to look around, and recommend some of the blogs and youtube channels I know of.
I was so honored when he asked me to teach him!!
@Benbenberi: I hope you share your future knitting adventures! Socks are one of my favorite projects, and I’m planning a project to teach myself Fair Isle soon!
@LisaSimpson: I love the idea of learning based on (1) what you want to wear/use AND (2) what you want to learn. Such a good foundation for knowing you can learn anything you need to in order to make future projects that might feel out of reach.
@ZoeOB: You’re absolutely right! I should be encouraging him to see any pattern within his reach with just a little determination. Thank you for the Juniper Moon Zooey recommendation! I’ll be looking it up, shortly! I’m wondering if maybe a bamboo rayon would give a nice swingy drape to the pattern. Perhaps I’ll be exploring synthetics to get some of the fuzzy halo worked into the original, as well. I love a nice big swatch, I’ll pass along that advice, and the reference links! You’ve got a wealth of good suggestions!!
@riker.lynn: For some background that I didn’t think was necessary initially, I’d like to add that I personally do use animal-based fibers in my craft, and my partner respects my choice to do so. I see no reason to disrespect his own opinion and consumption choices, either. We have made space in our relationship with each other, and with others as well, to disagree without arguing, and to respect each other without inherently agreeing. My request for you is to respect that space we cultivate. Like I said, you don’t have to agree with us, but you don’t have to try to change his mind, either. You can consider joining this creative brainstorming session to make our craft more welcoming to those avoiding animal products - but please don’t ask us to think inside the box.