I started earlier this year and made several dishcloths. Experimenting with the various stitches and pretending to follow patterns. It isn't hard really, but does require a level of concentration and some time that I don't always possess in great quantities.
Nevertheless, I've been itching to move on to 'bigger and better' things in the world of knitting. So I found the pattern "Easy Peasy Hat", purchased a skein of gray yarn and a circular needle... then everything sat on the floor by my bed for quite a while. I need to work up to things sometimes.
Finally I found the time and needed concentration to begin. So I set myself to make a hat for Steve to wear when he runs in the cold weather. Which is a lot of the time here in NH.
Finally - yesterday afternoon - I finished it! It was a real, honest-to-goodness hat! I had done it!
Steve even humored me and tried it on for me to get a photo. He says it fits just the way he likes and he'll be happy to wear it.
I warned him that when his runner-friends tease him about his funny hat, he is obligated to stick up for me.