Here's the way the whole thing looks right now; these pictures were taken near sundown outside. Full width, 40 inches.
To the left is the garter stitch border, below is the horizontal (top or bottom) garter stitch border, and the next section to the right is also garter stitch.
And here is the mistake-turning-into-something-interesti
I'm now nearing the end of my first ball of yarn, and although there are plenty of mistakes, I think Project 1 is going to end up as a perfectly usable item. I've recovered my rhythm for knit stitches, am beginning to pick up a rhythm on the purl stitches, and have learned a lot about the vagaries of circular needles. The long uninterrupted knit-rows of the garter stitch top border--180 stitches--really helped with the recovery of a nearly-forgotten skill.
Still have no idea how long it will take to finish Project 1, since I have other things that must be done or else, but I'm now taking the knitting bag with me and managing to knit a row or so while in situations where I can. Which includes waiting for waitperson to take our order in a restaurant, waiting for food to arrive, and chatting with friend I haven't seen for months before church (where I used to go and went today.) The waitperson, seeing the knitting, asked if I knew that [a different needlework place] had closed unexpectedly and if I knew another good needlework place, so I was able to tell her about the place I bought my needles. The friend didn't know about stitch markers, so by the end of that conversation, I had finished a row and shown her how they easily move from needle to needle, and we decided that "Pop a ring" should replace "Lock and load" as a slang term for "Let's get going" unless you were actually in a combat sort of situation. Needing to get the family all into the car for a trip to the grocery (or church) is not a "lock and load" situation.