A couple nights ago, I moved on to chapter two of my book and learned the purl stitch. It was a bit awkward at first, but after several rows of alternating the knit and purl stitches, I got a little more comfortable with it, got a little faster, and was absolutely thrilled to see the familiar pattern I have always associated with knitted items:
I spent a rather frustrating morning learning how to increase stitches, but finally got it. I was having trouble keeping the yarn on the needles at first but I'm sure, like with the knit and purl stitches, with practice I'll get better. I think I'll have to pull this apart and start from the beginning again because I have already forgotten how to cast on :) No matter, though. I wasn't making anything in particular anyway. This is my "practice patch".