As means of introduction, I thought I'd discuss the knitting projects that're about to be cast onto this knitter of two weeks' needles.
First off, there's a nice simple little pouch that I knitted up quickly. I managed to quite mess up the button hole (I attempted a two-stitch eyelet), however, and also managed to make the decreases much gentler than the pattern's picture shows (although I think it looks nice) until the button hole, at which point it sharply decreases into a beak (which doesn't look so nice), so I plan to unravel it up to the button hole and then just add a button loop.
I tried making button loop today for practice, and it came out quite nicely. The yarn needle is fun to play with- it was rather remarkable to see the purse's flat knitting suddenly turn into an actual 3D object when I sewed up the sides with it yesterday.
Next up is a nice, simple, spiral hat knitted on single-pointed needles in orange and black. I think I'll change colors every 4 rows or so instead of the 2 recommended by the pattern, and it'd also probably look nice with a black band at the bottom, but I'm not sure if I'll be that ambitious.
In addition, after I get used to knitting in the round with double pointed needles, I plan on starting a pair of tube socks in grey with two or so black stripes at the top. They ought to be quite nice, although I'm not certain I like the ribbing, and I could only find size 3 dp needles, which might make it a tad painstaking.
Finally, I'm planning my knitbag and needleholder, which, while I probably won't start on either for a while, are rather exciting. I think that the holder will include a nice pocket with some elastic for my markers and some way to hold the yarn needles as well, although I have no idea how to keep then in place yet- maybe some tight elastic or such. For the knitbag, I think it'll be mostly an empty compartment with some pouches for stowing away various supplies and some pockets for yarn, such that I can pull the yarn through a hole in the pocket, which ought to make for quite portable knitting.