The perfect second project?
Last night after class, I got together with some of my girlfriends from school - one of whom was inspired to take up knitting after she saw me wearing "My So Called Scarf" to class last winter. She and I spent a few minutes talking about knitting, and she mentioned that all she knows how to knit right now is a rectangle, and she's tired of making scarves. Sounds like me about a year ago!
I'm going to look through all of my "beginner" knitting materials (books, etc) and see if there's anything that would be good to give to her to get her started on increases and decreases. I'd like to recommend an interesting (but straightforward) project to her so she can learn some other basic knitting skills.
My second project (after many scarves) was a ribbed hat from the Yarn Girl's Guide to Simple Knits, and my third project was the felted sheep tote. These were both good projects to learn new techniques, and weren't overwhelming to me.
What was your second project? Your third?