As a (very) belated note regarding the last entry... I, in fact, was not knitting wrong, but I was actually doing something called the "Combined" knitting method. Huh. I am just wondering how in the world this came about. Oh well.
So I'm knitting the regular way now, AND I've managed to conquer Continental knitting. I prefer knitting that way because it's less hand movement (and therefore less stress on my fingers) and it feels a bit more like crochet, which is what I'm more used to doing. So, yes, I think I shall be sticking to this method.
I also learned how to dye yarn with kool-aid. It is so fun.