I will never forget my first 3-4 attempts to make sticks, they were a complete disaster. Learning to knit on your own and having nobody to help can be a real set back. However I did not quit trying and the first time I actually managed to knit a sock I was super happy.
I'm currently trying to write my own sock pattern for the complete beginner. So far so good, hope it will actually work out well but I have to do a lot if testing. The first pair I'm making is for my boyfriend, half way there. Next one will be for me and then one pair for my best friend, this way I'll have tested 3 different sizes.
Let's see how this turn out.