I know it's not perfect--far from it, actually--but I still figure it's not too bad for my first ever project.
I had the problem sometimes of my finished stitches slipping off the end of the needle when I set them down. So I came up with the super-high-tech solution of putting a clothespin on the end of my needle.
I'm sure there's some more professional way of doing this in the knitting world, but for now, this works for me!
So, I'll keep right on knitting, until this is finished. Meanwhile, my brain is planning the next project...