I've done it!
So, anyway, last Sunday one of the girls at the Quarter Stitch sat with me and showed me how to knit and purl in the proper English style. I came home and took out some scrap yarn and began practicing. For two days it was very discouraging. It seemed as if I just couldn't get into a rhythm. On the third day I decided to try knitting the way I used to and see just what the differences were. Once I realized that the only difference was what needle I was moving the yarn to, it all made so much sense. I switched back and found my rhythm. Not only that, but I was soon purling as well.
On Saturday I felt confident enough to put the practice yarn away and begin my first project. I'm knitting a new scarf for my niece El. I had her pick out the yarn a couple of months ago and she chose a lovely red chenille. Saturday afternoon I cast on 30 stitches on my US 13 needles and began to knit. Except I'd forgotten how much of a pain in the butt chenille can be as it's easy to split stitches. So I started and frogged twice. By the time I cast on the 30 stitches for the third time, I was too tired to continue.
But third time is definitely the charm because I picked it up during El's birthday swimming party yesterday and worked about 15 rows without any problems. I finally have new WIP. Yippee! I'll post a pic as soon as I have made some decent progress.
I had really missed knitting. Yesterday I read the directions for a YO in Stitch N' Bitch and I now actually understand it! I'm on my way to creating all the fun stuff I've been wanting to create. Ah! :-D