Ask her before you make anything. Your niece may not want a crocheted table runner.
At that time of night I'm in bed reading. I stopped snacking after 9:00 pm cuz it ain't good for you to eat so late.
Second sock syndrome? They are finished and now he can wear them, that's what matters.
Or, find a yarn shop, browse their patterns and select something special. New Zealand and Australia have designers that we don't know about.
I keep remembering what my mother said whenever I wanted something and I keep repeating this when I go into JoAnn's yarn section: "What do you need it for?" I don't buy yarn at JoAnn's unless I am actually making something. Gotta use up that stash that's taking up a closet. Now, knitting accessories are another story.
Now the school should take the girls to the hardware store and the boys to the library for makeup and hair design.
I look at snow as a blessing. It keeps me from shopping and spending money. I hear my mother's voice so clearly, "What do you need it for?" so I don't buy.
This blanket is published in the book "Mason-Dixon Knitting" by Kay Gardiner and Ann Shayne. Check your local library for a copy.
Deborah Norville yarns are exceptional in their quality and found at JoAnn's.
Include a set of "quality" fixed circulars 24" length with lace tips (Knitter's Pride or Knit Pro), a simple stitch dictionary so she can make hot pads or scarves, a crochet hook(the ones I find useful are by Susan Bates called Handi Tool...crochet hook at one end, knitting needle at other, 3" long, though other companies now make these), a notebook for jotting down her ideas and may be even graph paper if she wants to make designs. Plus a folder to keep patterns she finds on Ravelry. Yes, sign her up for Ravelry so she can see what is out there that others make.
I really couldn't tolerate the presenters voice. There are many videos to watch that are easier than this one. Though many say to use the same size hook as needle, if you don't have an M/13 hook, a slightly smaller size will be fine, just don't tighten the stitches too tight.
Since it is just a cast-on any size hook will really work but small ones but if you want the correct size it would be an M or size 13 hook. Any hook that will grab the yarn will be fine.
Try a swatch with different needle materials to make sure you are on gauge. Not all needles knit the same way with the same yarn. For me, Addi turbos(metal) are very slippery whereas Indian Lake Artisans hexagonal woods will grab the yarn because of the corners and the wood. So test what you've got to see which result you like best.
From age 3 on my children learned to write thank you notes because I insisted. Courtesy never goes out of style which means saying "thank you" and writing thank you notes. Now some of us must remind our children and grandchildren about this courtesy.
My daughter and I were in "Dollar Tree" and what to our eyes did we see but coal made of chocolate in the candy aisle. Go for it.