Thanks, usamacka. Something like a sampler afghan would've been a really smart way to learn knitting....which I did several decades back (I recall one of my first projects being a navy, acrylic sweater coat which actually turned altho no idea why LOL). Gauge, stitch patterns, selvage sts, joins, seaming, etc...they would've saved me some of the many disasters along the way. The afghan was more fun than I thought it'd be.
Keeping to the knitting basics