These were the first pattern I followed when I learned to knit, so they really are a good beginner project. You just need a little peace and quiet for the first pair!
I made a pair this weekend that were supposed to be for me, but I hadn't felted with the yarn I used before, and they ended up fitting my husband perfectly -- not a bad deal since it was a quicker knit then following his size! I'm working on my own pair now with quite a few different random ends of skeins I have around.
I have given a few pairs of these as gifts and everyone is always impressed. I don't like the bumper on them though -- I think they look better without, and it saves me a bit of time.