Originally Posted by knitfan
I agree with all these answers and I wanted to add that for me, learning to knit was like learning to drive a stick shift. It all feels awkward and frustrating and nothing meshes and you practice and practice and can never get it right and then BAM! you have an "ah ha" moment when it all comes together and it feels right and flows. All of us have to find our "feels right" moment when just beginning. Some of us take longer than others, but it will happen. I have been trying to teach my mom, but her situation sounds like yours and she is ready to throw in the towel. I see it as her not finding her rhythm with it yet; it is still in the frustration stage.
I couldn't agree here more. I still have moments, especially when trying something new, where the light comes on and things suddenly make sense. I'll try and try and fail and fail and then suddenly it'll make sense and it'll become easy.
I do agree with everyone that you may have bitten off a little more than you are ready to handle just yet. Start off with some washclothes. They're small, they're usually pretty easy. If you screw one up you don't get as frustrated if you have to rip it out, or it really doesnt matter since its just gonna be a washcloth anyway.
Don't get frustrated and give up. Get frustrated and get determined. And remember that we have all been there, and we'll all be here for you if you need help. Funny tension, inconsistent gauge, slipped stitches, added stitches. All normal for a new knitter. You'll learn how to avoid them and fix them over time.
Don't jump in the pool kicking and flailing and think you're gonna swim. Sit in the kiddy pool and wade around a little first. Then venture out into deeper water.