By George, I've got it!
You wouldn't believe how much effort and starting over again I did just to get this point last night, but no matter. I've done it! I knew I could. I also knew it would be something someone says or shows me that would open the floodgates and let the knitting ability flow into my body in a huge gush. This is why I have asked over and over again for information and suggestions on knitting. I knew this would happen some day.
Danette's response to my questions in the comment section yesterday did it. I knew as soon as I read it...
And "Throwing Over instead of using the needle."
THE MISSING LINK
So I sat at my computer and searched and watched YouTube videos on how to "Continental Knit Cast On," and how to "Continental Knit Stitch," and how to "Continental Knit Purl." I tried over and over again until I felt I had it down.
Then I moved to the bedroom in my happy spot with my doggies and got going. By this time it was already 11:00 pm. I wanted to stay up and knit, knit, knit, but I knew I couldn't because I had to get up this morning for an appointment.
I'm painfully slow. I'm painfully awkward. But I know it's just a matter of repetition before it's second nature and I can knit whatever I want with confidence. That is my goal.
I'm sure I have MUCH more to learn, but I'm off to the races at last!