How long did it take from the time you learned how to knit to finish your first project?
Well, since Em talked me into making just a simple bracelet, it only took me a few hours from casting on to bind off and seam the simple strip of garter-stitch fabric. I also experimented with a couple of mug cozies and headbands of rather similar design (strips of varying ribbed fabrics, held together around a mug with simple threaded ribbon ties or seamed with basic sewing skills) before I embarked on what I’d call my first real project.
I feel like doing a bunch of small projects first definitely helped me gain confidence in the basics; if I’d jumped straight to a scarf (or two, or the two hats after that, or the shawl after that) I might’ve gotten bored, frustrated, or just burned-out before I really fell in love with knitting. Instead, I have a small collection of adorably weird strips of yarn to remind me of when making sure I remembered how a knit stitch worked was the biggest of my technical concerns.