Welcome to the wonderful world of knitting!!
Everyone’s given such great advice so far, I love this board and what it’s all about!!
I would 2nd the suggestion for Paton’s classic merino. I got some off amazon for about 5 dollars a ball, and they’re HUGE! 3x the size of the ones at the LYS, and the ones at the LYS cost 3x as much! heh. I did a garter stitch scarf in the wedgewood colorway, and the changing colors sort of broke up the monotony of doing the same stitch over and over again.
Also the good thing about doing your garter stitch scarf in a wool (or other animal fiber) is that you can block it afterwards, which TOTALLY made it look awesome. Blocking is basically wetting it down, stretching it out and letting it dry. The wool will hold the shape, and what started out as a kinda short, kinda bulky and stiff scarf turned into a lovely, drapey long flowing scarf. It went from barely wrapping around my neck to being longer than my bed! Instant gratification!!
Also, having the color broken up a bit might make it easier to SEE the individual stitches. When I first started knitting what confused me the most was that. I couldn’t tell if what I was looking at was a full stitch, two stitches interacting, half of one stitch and half of the other, or what!! It’s like looking at an Escher drawing and trying to find the “right” perspective! If you’re working yarn is now green and the stitch you’re knitting into was more blue, you sort of see instantly the green yarn working through the little blue loop and things just click in your brain a little easier.
At least I think so.
And that’s a shame that the ppl at your LYS ignore you like that. Next time (if you ever go back) you should approach one of the people who work there, or sort of ask in general “I’m totally new to this, can anyone help me out?” That way maybe if the people that work there are busy, someone else who’s shopping might be able to help you out?
The ladies at my store are pretty good about asking if people need help and spotting first time customers, maybe you were just unlucky and came at a busy time? Or did they look like they had nothing else to do but just didn’t bother? Hmm. Well, either way. If they aren’t any help, you’re in luck because KH is here to come to the rescue!
Sometimes it takes 10 people to say explain the same thing in 10 different ways for it to finally click, and sometimes a video is worth a thousand pictures and a trillion words.
KH to the rescue!