Good on you! Great looking card-igan (nifty idea, that) and hat--I would never suspect that you're a beginner.
And just WOW! You're learning to knit and crochet in quick succession here. Very impressive indeed.
I'm looking forward to seeing more of your completed projects, and I'm glad that not only are you keeping our beloved site up and running, but now you're also a part of the wonderful crafts of knitting and crochet!
By the way, Amy actually shares her yarn with you? Now THAT must be true love! (Would I share my yarn with my husband? Hmmmmm??? Thinking . . . thinking . . . he might have to go get his own!)