My first project (early 80s) was a pair of slippers. I don't have them, or any of my early projects, but here's a photo and the pattern still active today and on Ravelry.
I remember holding two strands together, a dusty blue and light blue, straight needles...and adding a pitiful pompom on the top. I made many pitiful pompoms till I learned how to make an awesome pompom, mostly by trial and error. I love a big, fluffy, dense pompom. Bet you didn't know that about me. The pattern was in a booklet my mom had, she knit them with me. We quickly moved along to other projects. But this was the first. I learned the joy of starting and finishing a project. Many of my first projects didn't get finished...but that's another story for another day.