Knitting is by far one of my favourite past times. If you have not already, visit Ravelry.com to sign up for the most popular knitting and crochet community online. You can access free patterns, upload your own patterns to share, and ask questions to receive help.
I was once a knitting, crochet, and sewing teacher at a fancy yarn shop. I worked there for two years freelance and had a grand time. Then I began doing media publicity and videos for the shop. After a while of slow business, I became burnt out. I moved an hour away from the shop and still drove the commute several times per week. My accounts were drained by my gas tank. I started a job at a restaurant and still worked at the shop on the weekends. It became nearly impossible and it came to the point where I had no time whatsoever to teach classes. I felt as if I had fallen off the face of the earth and missed the shop ladies terribly. Fortunately, my friend's business resurfaced and she was able to re-establish her shop in Canton, Georgia, United States.
Please visit her shop and support her. She is a sweet and caring artist, small business owner and mother of 4. She carries Swans Island Merino, Dream In Color, Louet, Berrocco, Lorna's Laces, Evermore Studios, her own hand painted yarn line, Knitting In the Red, and many more.
Here is what I am currently knitting: Templeton
It is a very simple, relaxing and easily memorized pattern. I recommend it to intermediate knitters.
I am using beautiful cream baby alpaca from Liz at Southern Estate Alpacas. It is ever so soft to work with but very sheddy and fuzzy. It is soft on my neck so it should be fine for a baby blanket.