If you're paranoid about dropped stitches, maybe try using wooden or bamboo needles? They tend to be more 'grippy'. If you knit tightly, though, you'll find them difficult to use because of that.
Try knitting something very simple (like a stockinette stitch scarf), and experimenting with different ways of holding the yarn and the needles, different sizes and types of needles, and so on.
recent FOs: Shedir cap, Bricks of Atlantis, Pirates Hat, Citrine Socklets, Teddy bears, 1 entrelac sock
OTN: scraps blanket, Shedir for Teenie, Ice Serpent Hat
NIL: Qiviuk tam re-visited; weatherproof gloves; sweaters
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