Just thought I'd share my happiness with all those who are just learning that I think I finally got purling down. I don't do it exactly like the book shows or the video, I seem to wrap the yarn around my left thumb and guide it that way. No clue how I figured that one out, but it works really well
! For my quillow I'm making, I'm doing this pattern of Knit a row, purl a row for 22 rows, then switch to purl a row knit a row for another 22, and so on creating a really cool square effect for the pillow part. This is such plain stuff, I know, but I never thought I could get it. It's SO funny how all of a sudden the pics in the book and the wording just makes sense and all of a sudden you're knitting.
To all my fellow newbies and newbettes, don't give up. I swear you'll get it all of a sudden when you're just about to give up. It worked that way for me, and I'm making my second project. Square slippers are finished, but didn't fit at all.
So on to this poll question... How long did it take you to figure out the two main stitches of knitting and purling?