This was used at a miniature knitting seminar a number of years ago. It won't be quite as useful when one can't actually feel the samples, but perhaps it will be helpful. There are two needlework shops mentioned by name, both of which are in the Denver area. Now that I'm in AZ, I have access to the marvelous needlework shop, The Attic, which will do mail order. They carry some of these items.
I would encourage any beginning mini knitter to experiment with many different fibers. You may want