I have been enjoying knitting up some holiday dish cloths for a beginning knitting class (3 sessions). The gals are all knitting like crazy and are finding that they like the circular needles. It is so fun to see someone learn to knit, enjoy the activity, finish their small projects, and look forward to the next step or skill. Yes, the new knitters are purling now and not making many mistakes, switching from knitting to purling.
By the third session, they should be confident enough to try one of these patterns, a reindeer or a bell.