It may have taken all morning and most of the afternoon, but I got the job done. I watched one video about 10 times before and during the work of warping. I don't know why, but the directions that came with the loom are just plain dumb. The video was a Godsend.
I'd like to point out that I may be a little dense myself. That's fingering weight yarn for my first project. I think a wiser novice weaver would have selected a phat yarn. The warp yarn goes from top to bottom and is stretched fairly taut across the loom. I used Socrates in dark gray. It's so soft. The middle piece with the slats is the heddle and shifts the yarn's position when I pass the shuttle (the piece wrapped in pretty yarn) back and forth. The heddle also beats the yarn into place after each pass. The weft yarn is moved from left to right and back again, over and over and over. I chose a variegated yarn from Lorna's Laces in beautiful shades of gray, black purple and blue. It's striping on the loom which thrills me to no end.
As you can see, I' haven't gotten too far, but considering how long it took to warp the loom, I'd say I'm making progress.