I am another learned it all here gal.
My MIL tried to teach me about 7 years ago but between the metal needles and her german accent I just couldn't get it.
I was crocheting since I was 19 (but that had been in the back of my closet for some time) My neighbor (our children are best friends) was outside crocheting one day and I thought "Hey I should get mine out"
Then she showed me the double hooked needle and I loved that, then she brought out the knittings needles....WOOOOAHHH.
I got the knifty knitter looms instead. Then I realized most of my time was spent wrapping the yarn around the pegs, and if I got one of the S shapped ones, I may have a lap gahn in a YEAR. So I went to Michaels and bought some needles and came to the internet.
I was trying the cast on my friend was doing but it was very difficult and I always ended up with a big loop at the end.
A co worker told me about this site and I have been knitting since. (Bout 6 weeks) I have made 3 scarves, have two on needles as well as the one rectangle done for a childs poncho.
I tell EVERYONE about the site!