Cool. I think you'll find it worth the effort to learn. Maybe Mom can help you get the knit stitches going too. I think having someone to show you would be helpful. Just don't forget to come back and let us know how it's going!
I should never overestimate my basic arithmetic skills.
So I've done another two rows or so. I took the liberty of taking a picture of the work thus far. What do you think? Its not the most professional looking knitting, what with the messy stitches and all, but its my knitting and I am proud of myself for doing it.
I think it looks terrific! You've got it and you're on your way. Good for you. Now knit, knit, knit and when you're happy with it, try the purl stitch too.
(The best to be said about my first rows of knitting was that they sure were pink.)
Long tail cast on is great once you get the hang of it, and as a beginner, I like the Clover bamboo needles. I also had a LOT of difficulty with some of the yarns I tried at first, so try a few different ones.