New commenter Kitten describes how to get up the nerve to attack a knitting project that looks daunting. You'll notice it isn't flawless, but does get you started.
BTW Kitten, my wife recommends Debbie Macomber novels, which apparently have knitting in them. She's a librarian and well-practiced in the art of advising, so take it seriously.
For the record, that bird was almost grumpy enough for me to link to.