Oh I do sympathise! You can see from the number of responses how many share your Pain!. I am new to the KnittingHelp site and I feel similar feelings to yours about learning my way around technology as you do about learning to knit! You however, most likely have youth on your side and many years ahead to practice the art of knitting. If you persevere you will come to love perfecting the skill. I learned to knit aged 5, had to give it up at 55, mourned the loss of fine motor skills with advancing arthritis but took it up 3 years ago at 75.
I was thrilled to find the basic skills were still there, I just had to adjust a few movements in order to execute the moves. I’m still learning my way around the new pattern instructions, techniques etc. Short term memory loss is the bane of my knitting life but the craft is known to help the brain improve its performance significantly and it does. So…I WILL NEVER GIVE UP.
Just to reassure you, I have undone 240 stitches and up to 25 rows 15 times on the long cardigan I began before Christmas. Each time I unraveled I determined it wouldn’t happen again and put in little strategies to help me pay attention. Markers, a life-line, a strict self imposed rule not to do more than 2 rows at any one time before a break etc., the one my husband came up with was a good one: he gave me two whiteboard pens, if I had the red one showing he couldn’t interrupt me. If the green one was on show I was on a purl row.
I have two perfect rows completed as of this morning! My break is writing to you and any other frustrated new knitters out there who might read this.
Maybe I shouldn’t use this reply to give you basic tips I believe would make your knitting life easier but being so hopeless with technology I don’t know where else on this site to go or how to get there. So I can’t even respond to the invitation to ‘Introduce yourself’ which I received when I first joined. Having said that, I suggest if you have unravel too many times so that you yarn becomes wooly (no pun intended) wrap it around the back of a dining or kitchen chair so you have a ‘hank’ and carefully tie the strands loosely together. Then dunk them into a tepid bowl of water with a dash of wool wash/ eucalyptus wool mix - just a little - rinse, squeeze out excess in a towel and hang it over a coat hanger to dry naturally. It will be restored to its former glory and you will not be able to tell it apart from your new balls. Of course you will have to make up a ball without tangles, I do this either with the help of my husband who holds the strand apart while I ball or by putting it over the back of the chair again being careful not to stretch it.
I hope wherever you are you will feel more encouraged each time you pick up the needles. I will be on the look out for up-dates to your progress.