I don't think you need a class, you seem to be able to figure out things on your own. If you run into something you can't, there's always us.
The way to stop the needles from hurting your fingers is - don't push the tips! You shouldn't need to unless your sts are too tight; I grasp the whole tapered part of the needle with thumb and finger if I need to move the sts.
sue- knitting heretic