This was the first knit project I started, and one of the first I finished. The yarn (yes, cheap acrylic, but I'm glad I learned on that) and needles (size 10) were both gifts from a friend switching to crochet. (Actually, the herringbone scarf I've posted is for her.) It is all done in bamboo stitch with a garter edging. It's about 7' long, which is about what I wanted.
I started on the cheap aluminum needles, but the dye started wearing off and my scrap yarn was turning weird colors. I got a pair of Quicksilver needles, which I utterly loathe. I ended on bamboo, which I'm now using on another scarf.
And *this* is why passing stitches over is no longer intimidating. ;-)