Good for you Kathi!
I have tried to teach myself knitting on and off over the years. I can not tell you the level of frustration I suffered! For many years I have gone through this 2/3 year cycle of buying a ball of yarn and needles and a booklet.
Then for several days and many hours try to make sense of what I was reading and apply it. After a few days I would give up and put away the stuff -only to give my needles away a few months later.
Over and over again for about the last 20 years (heart breakin aint it?)
Keep in mind I am the one with dextrity and mechanical aptitude in my house. I can wire a light fixture, install a faucet and hang a picture stright just by eye balling. Im the one who builds the bikes and diagnoses why the broke stuff wont work. (yeah I do the taxes too)
I am also very crafty in general and sew and design my own clothes, know how to make shoes and had a very sucessful soap making business and can crochet anything you have ever dreamed of.
So why oh why couldnt I knit?
Then this past Christmas I did my usual 2/3 year knitting cycle and and with more patience than I have ever had before, I really paid attention to what I was doing when the instructions read "right needle" "left needle". I discovered to my, utterly right handed, amazement, that I was using my left hand to knit. OHHHHHHHHHHH!!! Well that makes all the difference in the world.
But I still didnt feel right. All the books I had showed knitting "continental" and I did not know that knitting "english" was acceptable. I imagined myself sitting at a knitting club and everyone looking at me strangely for my perverse knitting style. My self conciousness was really getting in the way. But then I found this site and the wonderful videos. Wait! That woman is knitting like me! Well knitting like me if she were using her left hand! Now I know my knitting is normal! lol
Suddenly I was off knitting like a feind. I have knit a shawl, a couple of scarves and I even knit a pair of socks on dpns! (no - they arent just right, but they fit!)
Right now I am swatching cables - I have a dream of a sweater one day.
Ingrid's signature says "If I can do it, you can do it"
I think I should amend my sig to read "never ever give up"!
Perhaps my lefty knitting style is just what God ordered though, my son is a lefty and he wants to learn to knit.