Welcome to my pity party.
I posted here recently about learning to knit. I've made a couple of scarves that required nothing more than casting on and knitting rows, then adding fringe. But then I decided I wanted to try using a pattern, and found one for beginners that makes up into a very cute scarf with a tab that wraps around and buttons. Sure, I can do this. Easy peasy! And famous last words. I have now started - and stopped - and started again on this scarf no less than 8 times. Today I took it out and was going to attempt a new stitch that is called for on one of the rows that is past the halfway point -- and discovered I'd completely missed a row that called for another special stitch about 15 inches ago. I attempted to unravel to a point where I could go back and correct my mistake, and the whole thing just became a mess. I'm now starting over again. Try #9.
I feel like such a dolt for missing an entire step that was clearly spelled out in the pattern. I'm starting to doubt my own reading comprehension skills at this point. I'm trying to look at my trials and many errors as a part of the learning curve, and attempting to consider it all good practice ... but I'm frustrated, and feeling incredibly stupid.
So make me feel a bit better and tell me about something that you wanted to learn to do, but it took you awhile to simply grasp the basics. I guess I'd just like to hear about other starts and stops and restarts. (Truthfully, I'm licking my wounds and would like to know I'm not all alone in my patheticness!) I know one doesn't usually become skilled at something overnight, but dang. Does it take 9 or more tries to do something very simple?