Hey Frances!! It feels nice to be in a community with other beginner and all these amazing geniuses! I know exactly what you mean! I used to think I´d never be able to get anything done with knitting because I couldn't understand it... and when I landed here I couldn't believe my luck! This is the place to be!!
Thanks for wishing me luck with the sweater - I had to stop working on it lately because I suddenly wanted to try making mittens (second go), this time with a nice pattern that someone here suggested... and I made half a mitten on a Saturday morning, and then went to a birthday party, and my big mouth opened to offer the not-yet-finished mitten and its pair of course so... here I am trying to make them perfect in reasonable time! I am stupid for doing that, note to self... well at least I did not promise to also make a cowl and a hat in matching colors!!
Good luck with your blanket! I think big projects need to be put aside for a wee bit every once in a while, so that we can fulfill our novelty-seeker nature by switching to other projects