All the above advice is great, I will just add that if you have a good LYS, take as many classes and workshops as you can! (time and pocketbook allowing of course:wink:) Learning from a real life person helps a TON, and I got to know all the LYS ladies, and I adore every single one of them, they are always so helpful, even when I run into trouble and there isn't a workshop going on. I am a big advocate of shopping at local shops of any kind, but really of this nature, so we don't lose just the great yarn, but the awesome knitting wisdom that resides there! :teehee:
Also check to see if there is a local knitting "club" or group that gets together once a week or so. My LYS has one Tuesday nights (and THANK GOODNESS for my Tuesday nights:woot:) , but I am sure there are some places to search online for local groups. A lot of the time they meet at the library too. I have found Knitters to be very warm and welcoming, esp to newbies!