Nope, I don't think I'm a real knitter. Not a Velveteen Rabbit, no way.
Because, you see, I can't/won't master the purl stitch. I've tried, and I can do the stitch. What I can't do is make it look right along with the knit stitch. One or the other is too tight, so when I knit into a purl or vice versa I end up with a lopsided, bumpy, weird stitch.
Though I don't know a lot about knitting, I know it is wrong for my stitches to look that way. Stockinette stitch is supposed to be a smooth field of little lined-up v's, all lying up against each other smooth and snug.
Have I given it a fair try? Possibly not. I have tried with acrylic, cotton, and wool yarns. I have tried with bamboo needles and plastic needles, straights and circs. Am I giving up too fast? Quite possibly!
I might be able to master the purl stitch with lots more practice. Maybe I should have the strength of character to push through the barriers and solve this tension problem.
But, here's the deal...I find knitting boring. I'm not a "process" knitter, I'm a "product" knitter. So far the only product I can produce is garter stitch dishrags. I would like to make mittens, socks, and a shawl. But if I have to spend months making boring swatches trying to get purling down, I may go crazy before I get to any of those things!
I'm thinking of cheating. :) I crochet and don't have these problems with crochet stitches. Shawls can probably be crocheted, although it may take some searching to find a pattern for a thin, lacy crocheted shawl. But here's the cheat I'm considering for socks and mittens:
Sock Knitting Loom
Mitten Knitting Loom
So, am I giving up too soon?