Correct me if I am wrong, is there a "better" type of yarn for the beginner knitter? I ask because I started with a skein of the cheap stuff from Wal-Mart, with some aluminum needles and really struggled to get to that comfortable point with my knitting. Finally about two days ago I went to my local yarn shop (Main Street Yarn, Mill Creek, WA. Great little store!) and got some bamboo needles and some pure wool yarn. Those two things seem to have made all the difference. I am now working on my practice piece that is 30 stitches across and so far I have about 15 rows down, mixing a few rows of regular knit and then a few purl, then back to regular (pardon my lack of official knitting terms here). I don't have any pictures yet, I will run it out a little further then take a pic for the sake of comments, but I feel it is coming along pretty nicely for my first try (much patting on ones own back). So what does everyone else think, does the yarn type or needle type really make enough of a difference as a beginner or is it just me?