So that didn't actually suck. In fact, I think it's kind of cute, although charmingly crooked. The book that I'm working from is really good at describing knitting procedures, so I didn't even really make any grievous mistakes. Unfortunately, outside of knitting they're kind of vague, with directions like "stitch the sides together", which assume that I know how to stitch.
I faked it okay, though, and I don't think it's likely to fall apart any time soon. I ended up with a pile of knitting needles from my mom (and grandmother), so up next is a scarf for my husband, once I find the right kind of yarn for the pattern. He told me he wanted 'something exciting' when I asked what color he'd like, so I'm thinking hot pink.