I tried to do some knitting a few years ago and I still have the wool to prove it. I tried and tried over and over again to no avail. My mother came over and I asked her to show me what the best thing to do was, for ease and simplicity, she made my knitting life so easy for me. She was a bit surprised by the small needle size and project I was given and said it was no wonder I struggled with it. So now I am knitting a simple scarf in just a knit stitch opposed to a knit one purl one (I will try this again for a hat) and I am really finding it therapeutic, I can watch the kids playing and it keeps me away from the laptop.
Here it is so far: