Ok, its been about a week since I purchased some knitting needles. I've mastered the knit and purl stich, as well as long tail cast off, and simple binding. I've made large swatches (and partial scarves) using the garter, basketweave, ribbing and stockinette. I've used cotton and an alpaca/acrylic blend (rather chunky) with the above. I did find that I learned so much better on the cotton since I could clearly see the stiches (it was striped cotton to, which made that even easier). I've been solely using bamboo needles (size 7 and 15).
So, with no "projects" beckoning...what should be the next thing I try to learn? My eventual goal is to make a blanket made from 100% mohair (my mother raises angora goats and would like something substantial made from her animals).