I did it.
It was my first time.
I feel like a real grown-up knitter now.
I taught my friend to knit.
It totally did not push it. She came over (from the other side of the country, no less) and more or less instantly demanded that I teach her to knit. So I did.
I broke out the bamboo needles and the Koigu (because it feels so nice in the hand) and got her started on garter stitch.
She was pretty good. A couple of weird yarn looping problems, of course, but she was cruising along, unsupervised, chatting and drinking herbal tea all the while.
I think we have a new member of the coven, sisters!