Thank you everyone!
Whatever the end product, it's still one stitch at a time, one row at a time. I think that everything in knitting looks a lot more difficult than it is. Don't wait for lessons--give it a shot. I'm sure there must be at least a few yards of extra yarn laying around your houses somewhere!
And Silver--the hardest part of the St. Moritz sweater was the mile of plain stockette stitch until I got to the patterning. I think I dozed off a few times, but it was a good carry-around project for a while.