thank you for the welcome and the advice.
I think I will give up on the Conti knitting. I am slow but will be satisfied with just being able to knit. Like the Slowski turtles say in the TV commercials, what's the hurry? where's the fire?
I tried LH knitting for years and always messed up. Finally decided to follow E. Zimmerman's advice and try RH knitting. It works!
Used to crochet for years. Love knitting so much better. Have knitting project on my bed. When I wake up in the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep, pick up my knitting and knit away. Have fallen back asleep knitting. Funny to wake up with needles in your hands.
So far, have only completed scarfs, dish cloths, berets, and leg warmers. I was working on a pair of socks but I misplaced them and their pattern. Also working on my first sweater.