Thank you all for such wonderful tips and encouragement, as well as such great photos of your FOs and WIPs. After knitting once some 15-20 years ago, I started again earlier this year. I've been reading posts, though not posting much, and have learned a great deal.
Below is my first FO of my "revived" knitting career - a scarf that I've given the DH. The other is my first. sock. ever. It's not very well done, but it IS finished and I can wear it. Inside the house. If no one else is coming over.
Off to try to make another to mostly match it.