Yep I did- I don't have any knitting guru. ;-( I wish I did! There are some gals @ my church who knit I could ask though, so really I do have local help too!)
Exactly - what you said about picking up the stitches just so. It was making me insane. I couldn't understand how they went until I started stitching them.
The videos and forum here have been a lifesaver! I was thinking a few months ago of starting to knit, found this site, found Yarn Harlot's blog and was thus inspired.
And now I am just a hair shy of buying some sheep, getting shears and a spinning wheel, and rolling around in yarn all day long. :inlove: I even dream of knitting. It's nuts!