It is a good thing you all gave me such good ideas for beginner projects - turns out 3 more of my friends from law school want to learn to knit. So, next Wednesday five of us are going to get together and I'm going to attempt to show three of them the basics of casting on and the knit stitch (keyword = attempt). I'm going to try to remember to bring some of my mid-size straight needles and some leftover cascade 220 with me next week so they don't have to go out and buy anything to get started.
Tonight was my weekly after class girl's night out, and eventually our conversation got around to knitting (thus the upcoming knit night). My friend who I mentioned before who is a beginning knitter asked me if I used "the turbo needles." Apparently she uses Addis and loves them. One of the non-knitters was a bit confused by the turbo needle reference, and said "whoa - I thought knitting was supposed to be relaxing - why would you want to use something called a 'turbo' needle - sounds a little intense!" Ha! It is much more intense when you're trying to scoot dozens of tight stitches across a bamboo (or otherwise high friction) needle. I'm guessing she'll understand after trying it out next week!
If you have any other tips for teaching people how to knit, please let me know! This will be a first for me.