Welcome to KH.com! Knitting is a great hobby and it does a lot for you - and the ones that receive the output of your needle work.
Knitting with knitting groups is also a great social thing (I do not have a group, though).
Enjoy your hobby and venture into all the little corners of knitting. There is more to learn all the time and you are in the right place to ask a ton of questions. We will answer them all for you.
How long until your friend is back? Maybe you should surprise her and do something before she is back? You have finished one object, now there is no stopping you!
enjoy that hobby!