Just a little fill in: I've been knitting off an on since college, that's like 25 years but never really got serious with it. Knitting and purling, lot's of garter stitch. Then I quit smoking and suddenly got serious - boderline OCD. My neice lent me her copy of Knit 'n Bitch and I realized I didn't know diddly and that I had some really bad habits. So this is my new journey - learn to knit a new.
I'm now knitting in one of the conventional methods - Continental. On the advice of the guys here I started a practice scarf so I could get use to thins new method. I'm about 8" into it and the first four inches look pretty lame but the stitches are starting to even out, I'm finding a nice rhythm and moving faster all the time. I must remember to always heed the advice of MMario 100%. He suggested that I use "el cheapo" yarn - the only suggestion of his I didn't heed and probably should have. Although the yarn isn't terribly expensive it is 100% alpaca and I really like it. It's a deep O.D. with tiny specks of red, white and blue. It's taking to the K1,P1 rib nicely but there are mistakes that I will deal with one way or another. As an old art major my philosophy is that there isn't a sow's ear that can't be made to look like a silk purse. Ralf ,my SO, loves it and says he doesnt' see any mistakes, love, aint it grand.
I'll post pix and see if anyone can help me with some of the problems I'm having.