Oh thanks! Now I feel much better. I still want to learn both ways but I'll stick with the english way for now since it feels better. I hope after I get more confidence I can learn the other way.
I got a kit at Joanne's that had the yarn, 2 large needles (15) and instructions to make a hat and scarf. The hat was all garter stitch. The scarf has garter, stockinette and ribbing. I mess up when I go from knit to purl. I think I need to practice the purl thing a lot more!
I'm not generally a very patient person but I find that when I get going it is very calming. I love to listen to books on tape while knitting.
Thanks for the advice. I'm sure I will be around here much more especially when I move on to patterns and more complicated stuff!