1. Using different yarn colors in the same project. I don't know why this seems difficult to me, but it's probably just a pain to have to keep switching colors and having to weave in a million ends when you get done. I couldn't find any good photos of small projects that I liked, but I'm thinking maybe a pot holder or fingerless gloves.
2. Knitting "in the round" (pretty much knitting in circles). This is useful (and often required) for hats and some garments. I think a good way to start would be a basic beanie-type hat in a bulky yarn, like this one:
|That Favorite Toddler & Baby Winter Hat (Photo credit: A Crafty House blog)|
|Knit Hedgehog (Photo credit: The Purl Bee, Purl Soho)|
3. Cables. Maybe I could start small with a reusable coffee cup sleeve:
|Woven Cable Coffee Cup Sleeve (Photo credit: Purl Avenue)|
|Cardigan knitted from 1940s pattern (Photo credit: Elegant Musings)|
|Sweater knitted from 1930s pattern (Photo credit: Elegant Musings)|
5. Socks. I'd like to knit some wool socks for Ed (and for me, too), because they're surprisingly hard to find around here for a decent price.
|Sporty Striped Peds (Photo credit: The Purl Bee, Purl Soho)|
|Homespun Boot Socks (Photo credit: The Purl Bee, Purl Soho)|