adult-sized jumper. This is actually the first thing I ever knitted, 13 years ago when I made the transition from sewing and cross-stitching. I bought a Harmony Guide to learn how to knit, played a little bit, started a tunic but realised (4 inches in) that I was about 10 balls short of the required total (my first lesson in reading the pattern notes very carefully and also in the vagaries of dyelots), then bought a pattern and lots of Cleckheaton (I think) 8ply in a dark green from the local Grace Bros (which proves how long ago this was - yarn and haberdashery disappeared from Grace Bros shortly after that).
Now of course I am glad that I kept it, and that I've slimmed down enough to get back into it, because it is the warmest (and longest) jumper I own, and is getting a lot of use this winter! Style is not a consideration when sitting at my computer waiting for the heater to bring the room temperature up over 10* C.
Next, my first ever child-sized garment, some 6 years later:
Cleckheaton Tapestry, 8ply wool, which pooled beautifully across the front. I knitted this for my son when he was about 12mths, and it didn't fit him for long, because the neck is a little tight (oh those picked-up and bound-off stitches!), and the cuffs are much too tight. I'm starting to wonder whether I knitted the sleeves a size too small! Miss 2 is wearing it now, but not for long - when her hands start to turn purple inside the warm house, I will know that the cuffs have no more stretch left to allow for the natural workings of her circulatory system.
Lastly, I must share with you one of the classic errors of the new knitter. A textured pattern and the Wrong Yarn. I bought a pattern (sadly lost in the mists of multiple moves), lots of lovely navy mohair yarn at an LYS in the Blue Mountains (possibly Wentworth Falls, or maybe Katoomba) - which I think maybe the nice elderly lady at the counter tried to dissuade me from doing, but oh the supreme confidence of the craft-loving uni student - and cast on the ribbing on the train back to Sydney.