New knitter here as well. Working on my second hat which is also my second project. I was just talking to my mom the other day about the speed of knitting. I told her that I thought I had done quite well by knitting my hat in 3 days. I even knitted a logo into the hat with a different colour. Wow, I almost felt like a pro. I was silently feeding the ego a bit until I came across a comment made by a pro saying that hats make a good quickie project because they can be done in a couple of hours.
As for needles clicking, they do that?!
Every knitter had to start some time. I'm just glad that I had this site to use when I started. Keep up the great work and please show pictures (and be proud even if it took a really long time).