Knitting's really easy and relaxing, so it might be worthwhile to get a pair of large needles and some craft cotton, to make dishcloths as a beginner's project. If you actually have them in your hands, someone who knows how to knit would no doubt be happy to help you along, should you get stuck.
My suggestion would be to make something in patchwork too, maybe hexagons which don't easily lend themselves to machine sewing so would be ideal for a hand sewing project.. You can buy precut templates and papers and even precut fabric pieces (I don't like the cutting out bit!) or just use up scraps of paper and fabric. You don't even have to decide what to make straight away. Just start sewing and see how far you get. Could be a cushion or could be a whole quilt.
You could try learning to knit from a book if you have the time on your hands. I find it easier to learn from a book than a computer anyway. You get more time to sit and examine instructions.