This past November, I learned to knit at my husband's urging. Now I can't stop!
This was my first project, the now infamous Jayne hat I sent to Iraq: http://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=208149
Here are projects 2, 3, and 4 for my poor unsuspecting son.
He is way too polite to tell me they are ugly. When I look at the projects I see TONS of mistakes, but he insists they are warm, snuggly, and awesome... So I can't argue with that. I've made the boy a Mickey Mouse beanie, doubleknit in garter stitch in the round - with crocheted ears (finally learned to crochet in the round AND have it lie flat, after a week of scary results... and I still don't know how to knit a circle)
My first sweater, seamed with raglan sleeves. with a duplicate stitch Jolly Roger (as I was too intimidated to try fair isle yet).
Then the piano vest - that I created myself without a pattern just by taking his measurements and figuring out gauge, etc... , this was also my first fair isle project, and my first 'top' knit in the round.
I've discovered several things, mostly what NOT to do, but here are the Top Five:
1) I HATE seaming.
2) When doing Fair Isle, I should go up one needle size. No matter how much I tug, the tension will be just a little bit tighter throughout that section than the solid color.
3) Next time I make sleeves, I will knit them together side by side on one long circular so they come out the same length and width.
4) Double-ended stitchholders are the greatest thing since chocolate pudding.
5) I am raising an exceptionally polite child that has never hurt my feelings by telling me my FOs are ugly, even when they obviously are!
Comments, Criticism, and Cash always welcome.