I don't know if you can count me as a knitter as of yet, but I'm certainly giving it a shot...although, I'm not sure I've gotten myself into more than I can handle.
Briefly, I've been fascinated by knitting for some time, but never actually done anything about it, as I don't know anyone who I can ask for advice. However, at the end of this month, my wife is leaving town for a week, and I thought I might try to get this figured out, and surprise her with a gift when she comes back.
Over the past couple of weeks, I've been downloading online instructions as to how to knit, I checked a copy of "Knitting with Balls" out of the library, and been browsing through websites such as this one. I've went and bought a pair of Size 8 needles, and a ball of worsted weight yarn (as suggested by one site I found), and figured I'd take the next couple of weeks and work out the kinks of how this is done, and I'd be set for whatever project I come up with.
I have now spent the last hour just trying to cast on, and have had no luck at all getting either the yarn or my fingers or both to do what it looks like is called for in any of the illustrations I've seen.
Now, I'm not giving up on this yet, but how long does it take to get the hang of this? Have I set too high a goal for myself in hoping to have a handle of knitting basics in three weeks?
I suppose I'm just looking for some moral support (please, tell me I'm okay!). Perhaps I was thinking too far ahead by looking at all the pictures of fun and interesting patterns, and assumed I'd get the hang of things right off the bat.
Anyway, any tips or support anyone might be able to provide would be greatly appreciated. Hopefully, I'll get past this soon, and have more interesting things to discuss.