CB, I'm so glad you're a hardy soul and didn't scare away so easily. I hope that somewhere in all this chatter you've found something useful. I guess we failed to mention that almost everybody finds purling harder. You said you crochet and remember how to hold the yarn, does that mean you're holding it in your left hand and knitting Continental? Some people work both knits and purls better English style, I can't manage purling English and can barely do knits. I'm glad there are no knitting police. There are other styles of knitting, Portugese, Eastern European (maybe the same as Russian) and combined. If you're interested in checking any of them and can't find them, someone here can probably provide a link. You should, if you haven't already, join www.ravelry.com
. It's free and you get access to tons of patterns and there is other useful stuff there as well. You'll want to learn to tink...that's knit spelled backwards and it's a way of taking stitches back to the left needle one at a time. It sounds like you're making great progress.
The Frog said, "Rip it! Rip it!" and I did.