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Party Favors
The Daily Knitter Staff

Crafts have always been popular at children's birthday parties and are an excellent way to entertain and educate. D2knits, a handknit design company based in San Mateo, CA has begun to offer in-home ‘Learn to Knit” parties for children aged 9 and older.

Deb Doyle, D2knits owner/designer, travels to the Bay Area homes for knitting instruction tailored to each child’s skill level. Everyone receives a pair of knitting needles, an original pattern and enough yarn to complete a small hour-long project. Beginning knitters learn to make a simple bookmark, sachet bag or doll scarf. More experienced knitters may begin a party hat or a grown-up scarf. Fees are $25/child – up to 10 children - with a minimum fee of $100 per session.

"Knitting is cool and fashionable like it never was when I was growing up," says Doyle. “My friends say their 12-year-old daughters are knitting in the hallways at school. I’ve heard of boys having “knitting recess” once a week. These parties are my way of introducing a relaxing tactile art form to the next generation.”

Doyle has been knitting since she was 12. Her first real project, at the age of 16, was an Irish cableknit sweater – not realizing this was one of the more complicated patterns a knitter could tackle. She established D2knits in 2002 to produce hand-knit scarves from original designs. Her work has been sold at Bay Area boutiques such as Leaf and Petal in Palo Alto and featured at the Appel & Frank trunk shows in San Francisco.
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