Abi, Nicole (friend from work) and I came to my house on Tuesday for the 'Stitch & Bitch'. Nicole ended up having to leave early, but was able to get what she needed to start. First lesson: casting on. I've got that mastered and have begun the actual knitting. I had to start over a couple times (I also do that when I begin a crochet project to get it 'just right'.) I've overcome the awkward (such a funny looking word) feeling of holding both knitting needles, for the most part. According to Abi, it is best to begin with wooden needles to give the yarn a better grip on the needle. And it's easier to start with 100% wool yarn to learn. Hopefully we will be getting together again next week for the second lesson. Thanks Abi!!!
I looked up how to cast off. It may not be perfect, but I'm happy with my first try. Now on to lesson #2 this weekend!
And after weaving the loose strands of yarn through my work: