I'm making progress! I've gotten further than ever before which is rather exciting. This Knitting Olympics business appears to be working! Now I just need to work out how to detach my provisional cast-on. I'm a tad stumped on this one, and am considering using scissors (very carefully). Wish me luck, or if you have any idea of what I'm talking about, maybe you've got some helpful advice?
On another note, I eventually realised that the hot water bottle cover and wheat bag that Sally included in her giveaway prize used her very own fabric design! I'm obviously a bit slow at the moment, especially given that when she first showed us her design, I thought it was pretty fantastic. Now that I've seen it in person (and had my lightbulb moment - finally) I KNOW it's fantastic! Thanks again, Sally, and apologies for my delayed brain functioning!