I just wanted to post and brag that I'm about 3/4" from starting my toe decreases on my very first knitting project ever- a sock!
I've also managed to take the advice of one of the moderators that told me that in order to learn to knit looser, it takes patience and practice. I've been really working on loosening up and it actually makes my knitting go faster because I'm not trying to force the needle into the stitch!
Part of the issue is also that I'm knitting twisted stitches
but didn't know until the guy at the yarn store helped me with an issue. But he told me to keep doing what I was doing until I am done with this pair, then we'd regroup.
I'm getting there!!