I taught my friend Michelle to knit a year or so ago. After a few hats and other simple projects she was ready to branch out. One of my favorite projects is the Sampler Blanket from Knitting Central. There are 30 different swatches in the blanket so by the time you complete the blanket, you are suddenly an intermediate knitter.
She did a great job and she came to my house to soak it and block it. I have the perfect spot - on top of the pool table. I think the pool table gets more use as my blocking surface than as a billiards table.
Michelle is making a second sampler blanket for her other daughter. I was very inspired, so I pulled out the sampler blanket I was knitting last summer. See how friends help each other!