hello all! I havent been dead, i've been knitting and knitting and writing crappy stories. :D sorry.
but on the bright side, i have some patterns for those knitters out there to use! some of these will need circular needles, some of them not. also, a great tofu-shaped pincushion which i am currently making myself :D
http://knitting.about.com/od/mittenpatterns/p/fingerless.htm: this is a great one, fingerless mittens knitted with circular needles.
http://thecraptastictruth.blogspot.com/2008/03/little-black-handbag.html: a cute, durable black clutch (i think it's a clutch?). you can knit it it with one strand of yarn, or two.
http://knitting.about.com/od/knittingpatterns/ig/Easy-Knitting-Patterns/easy_wrap.htm: like a shawl/wrap thingg... includes increasing and decreasing stitches, so better learn that :D
http://bittersweetblog.wordpress.com/2006/06/15/tofu-for-you/: this is the very cool tofu pincushion, which even has a little face on it! you can make it whatever expression you like, and it's very easy to make.
http://www.lincraft.com.au/view_project.php?id=251: a pretty bolero knitted with bamboo yarn, for beginners (or so they say).
http://www.knittingpatterncentral.com/patterns/alluring_halter_top.php: halter top :D is cool looking.
have fun knitting, and i will post a picture of my finished tofu pincushion, complete with weird expression, as soon as i finish it! :D oh, and maybe i'll try making those fingerless gloves too.
edit: hey look! what on earth are these? well, they're websites that i found really helpful for expanding my knowledge of knitting. they'll get you started; i suggest you roam around the net for some cool stitches, like moss stitch, and pretty techniques like cabling.
http://www.theyarnco.com/instruction.php: all the basics are here :)
http://www.knittinghelp.com/: a wider range of stuff, complete with videos.
http://knitting.about.com/od/learntoknit/a/begin_knit.htm: some helpful tips and tricks.