Thanks for the quick reply.
It's good knowing others have been there too.
I'll have to remember that about the lifeline. It looks useful! It should save frustration if I put it in the row before beginning the cable... *ponders*
The balls of yarn that've been frogged repeatedly, I've begun to use for loom knitting. Less chance of knots there.
Thank you again Antares.
It helps knowing there's others out who also struggled and managed to learn to knit anyway. Er, something like that; it sounded a lot better in my head.