I would say it took quite a lot of patience to learn to knit (and a few /throw the needles "i'm never doing this again")
put i persevered and it was quite quick to learn, you just need to get past the initial frustration. Definitely glad i did as i find knitting enjoyable now
Even if it's a lot slower to make something than with crochet. Also there's "continental" knitting that is recommended for crocheters wanting to learn, but i find it painful on my hands, so i learn the "old fashioned" way.
I laughed because I've thrown down my share of needles & yarns. I learned to crochet first and found that [for me at least] it was easier to stay with the same hand to tension yarn while learning to knit. I think that's what you mean by continental knitting since most people are right handed and tension yarn with their left hand for crochet. In any case, my suggestion is to try different methods, even after you've learned to knit. You never know what you might come across. When I found the best way for myself to knit it was like coming home. ~_~
As for zomgbiecakeses, that's a mighty ambitious first project. Congrats! He's wonderful and has personality that any child will treasure.