Mommy always used to knit and crochet when we were little (insert "missing" photo of sisters dressed in handmade crocheted Easter dresses). I've recently decided it was time for me to learn, for reals. I had been given this particular skein of yarn and a "knitting loom" for Christmas, from my Secret Santa at work (because I had indicated an interest in learning, and my fave color is purple). Took the loom to my local fabric store, because a "knitting loom" is not going to teach me to knit. Returned it for store credit and then wandered the yarn aisle, looking at needles and hooks. Another customer quickly advised that crochet was the easier skill to learn FIRST, and then she gave me and Stephanie a brief lesson using available yarn and one of the hooks she was buying anyway. I had Stephanie run out to the car to check the weight of the yarn I had, and I ended up buying a set of four rather large hooks (the yarn is considered "bulky", which translates to bigger needles or hooks, bigger stitches, and a really soft and warm end result). With the discounts that Jo-Ann offers automatically, I was able to pay a grand total of $.53 (after the store credit) to make this thing!
Stephanie tells me that it is The. Law. that I now make these for all of my nieces and nephews. It took me four days, with stops and starts and do-overs, to make this thing for myself. I can see being able to crank out one a week for nieces and nephews. You'll have to clue me in on how long/wide you'd like them to be (this one would likely swallow whole any of the children we have in mind), as well as preferred colors. I don't think The. Law. specifically excludes adult family members, and there's probably no distinction between "nieces and nephews" and "GREAT nieces and nephews". So let me know your deets! There's a world of yarn out there, waiting to be turned into Moebius Scarflets!