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.
One of the best knitting tips I ever got...
Circular needles aren't just for knitting in the round! They're also GREAT for flat knitting (back and forth) because you don't have the long straight needles sticking out past your elbows! It's like working with smaller, more manueverable needles, much more comfortable.
And you can choose a length that's appropriate for your project. I'm working a scarf on 16" circular needles right now. If you're doing something bigger, like a sweater front or back, you can use a longer set that will accomodate all of your stiches and the needle itself still fits in your hands.