Want to learn how to knit but don’t know where to begin? Quince & Co.’s gorgeous starter kit will help you master everything from winding a skein to casting off. The wooden presentation box includes a 56-page book featuring an illustrated technical guide, along with two beginner’s scarf patterns by veteran knitwear designer Pam Allen. You’ll also get a pair of American-made wooden needles, a tapestry needle, and two skeins of Quince & Co.’s locally sourced and spun “Osprey” wool in your choice of five colors. (The sheep, we’re told, graze the ranges of Montana and Wyoming.) If you’d rather just purchase the how-to guide sans extras, you’re in luck: You can pick it up, à la carte, in both print and electronic versions.

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“We worked hard to make our book really useful,” Allen said in a blog post. “To ensure that a new knitter could really learn and be empowered from the information in it. We also wanted it to be pretty, something you’d want just because, something that would make a great gift for someone wanting to learn how to knit but who doesn’t know where to start.”

And, if clothing yourself isn’t incentive enough to pick up the needles, research suggests that activities such as knitting can stave off cognitive impairment while alleviating anxiety, depression, or chronic pain.

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It’s even good for the soul. A number of practitioners claim that the repetitive action of needlework can induce a state of relaxation similar to what you might achieve with meditation or yoga.

Plus, as Allen insists, there’s nothing quite like a garter-stitch scarf.

“The classic garter-stitch scarf is the all-time favorite beginner project,” she said. “And you know what? I’ve been knitting for fifty years and I still love a garter-stitch scarf. I have two in my closet right now—long, squishy, warm, and to my mind, really attractive.”

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