Hi Meredith, you mentioned in your note that you wished to learn how to knit.
There is this terrific website, especially good for visual learners called:
knittinghelp.com. The creator of the site has provided free videos of (so far) every technique I have needed to see, ranging from basic cast ons, knits and purls to intricate increases and decreases.
I have found it extremely useful, and even now, after I have been knitting almost every day for several years I still find myself going to it to learn a new technique.
I adore the internet.
Here's the page all about Cast ons.
And never hesitate to ask a question, knitters are friendly folk, for the most part :-}