Answer: Thank you YouTube for saving me with this video.
Anyway, here is where I am so far. I actually started working on the hat yesterday and realized I had made some pretty serious mistakes after 10 rows, so I ripped it all out and started again. While this should have pissed me off, I'm pretty zen about the whole thing at the moment because it's good practice since I haven't ever combined both knitting and purling in the same row before now. Also, I think my new circular needles are making everything go much faster.
When Tara and I were at KnitWitts on Saturday, I bought some bamboo tipped ones which are a dream to use. The yarn stays on them nicely but then again it slides off easily when you want it to. I don't quite know how to explain it. Anyway, I think I might have to start replacing all my other sets with bamboo as well because I like them so much. I shouldn't be surprised really... I always gravitate towards the most expensive option for everything. Just ask mom and dad; they have decades worth of proof.