You'll be dishing out advice in no time Unravel, I dont know much but it feels good to help.
Youtube is my knitting teacher and like Antares suggested knittinghelp has some brilliant tutorial vids too. I had no idea how to knit and no one to teach me, Im a bit of a recluse. Youtube was my teacher for casting on, casting off, knits purls, reading patterns, what needles to use, what style of knitting to do ie, continental or english, the list goes on. I watched alot of videos before I finally got the courage to put the needles and wool together.
I found this knitters videos very helpful.
Oh heres another good site which I stumbled across while reading here.
They have heaps of free patterns as well as cheap ones if you want to buy them. The users do the projects and you can read about any problems they might have had and see how the end product looks in their photos. You can muck around with your profile, add patterns to your queue (todo list) put up your own projects, join online knitting groups, its a great site. Im quite a busty hippy woman so I have some difficulty finding patterns that suit my shape, I joined some groups pertaining to that and have found some priceless information there. You can even look up groups in your area and meet up for knitting and coffee. I live in Australia and found a couple of friendly knitting groups who do regular meetups in my own suburb, Im yet to attend one but once I get the courage up I'll go. :oo: