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.