I think it's great seeing someone get (back) into sewing. I also things it's cute seeing someone who isn't 100% comfortable take all the long-cuts. I realize how lazy I sometimes am about pinning because I've gotten comfortable enough with my machine that I don't need to pin.
In knitting stuff, I finished a new winter hat. It's stranded (I can't stand intarsia, I'm afraid), so it's super warm and was super easy to make. I don't feel like double-posint pictures, but I have it on ravelry: Fireside Cap.