I've finished my first square for the 'Homemade Hugs' project to knit blankets for those families caught up in the recent earthquake and tsunami in Japan.
As you can see my square is a bit wonky but it is 20cm x 20cm so should be fine. Also I started in grey before I saw that they prefer colour. Grey will be okay but I will delve into my old stash where I am sure I have some acrylic pink (acrylic is ok). Apparently grey is "A colour that represents 'helpfulness' in the East."
This is a fantastic project to start off with if you are new to knitting. I stayed with garter stitch for ages and there is no better motivation than knitting to help keep someone warm in a crisis.