I hadn't thought about going to the LYS. I was afraid of being criticized. :( I did manage to get a few rows and I fixed a lot of my mistakes (first few times, I had made at least three). I am able to see the ribbing, even if it's a little messy.
Thank you for the help, guys.
I was very discouraged at the time. I'm bringing my current projects to a knit night at my LYS to work and get advice.