I must agree with you. The videos are EXTREMELY helpful. My mom has been knitting since she was 18 (I am 21... so that means she has been knitting for a LONG time
) and she tried to show me, but I just wasn't getting it. I found this site by accident and I was able to teach myself that same night. My mom knits English style, I knit continental. My mom uses the single cast on, I use the long tail (so we are totally opposite of each other!) Actually, when I went to the yarn shop about a week later to buy some crochet hooks, I decided to buy some knitting needles too and a week later I made my first scarf from an Ella Rae book. When I brought it back to the shop to show the owner, she was so impressed, she didn't even believe I was a beginner.
Personally, I think if you start out using good materials, it makes learning easier and more fun (I started using addi turbo circulars and the yarn from the yarn shop).
I also enjoy crocheting, I have been crocheting for a year and it is advisable to learn both because of versatility.
I found continental was easier to learn because I hold the yarn in my left hand when I crochet, so knitting English style was almost impossible.