Gotta Knit said:
Your two unopened kits might not be the best place to start. Yes they're there and were free, but if the patterns are too advanced or you don't love them, it'll be that much harder. Do something only a little challenging to build up your confidence, instead of getting frustrated with something too advanced.
I think you've hit the nail on the head there. If you have to open anything like a kit, I think you automatically raise the bar on yourself. Doesn't matter if it's a model aeroplane, a building set or knitting .... it's a kit, so you've gotta get it right!!
Maybe hop to the local shop, buy a cheapo pair of needles and a ball of easy-going yarn and just knit and play. You'll enjoy it and it doesn't put that pressure on you to get it right.
Let us know how you make out.