Hang in there Miles. There are a lot of people anxious to help you succeed.
Kanitter and Tootie- a lot of sockknitters here. Look for Rebecca especially Also look in the Knit alongs for those people doing Silver's sock tutorials.
Feel better Sultana
KnitNut-good luck with the cable sweater.
knottyknitter- I switched to Continental knitting using the videos here. Hang in there, its worth it. Also, lots of good threads on this subject can be found by using the search feature.