Somewhere Something Went Terribly Awry

So I have seen lots of examples of brioche stitch, and tend to think they look rather nifty.  Then the other day I read a two sentence description of the gist of the process.  Armed with this rather scanty information, I decided I could do it.  I had seen a picture where two different colors of yarn made vertical stripes, and I decided that would be an excellent place to start.  Turns out I’m not that cool.  Not even a little.  Not by a long shot.  I ended up with the mess over there on the left.

Now it’s a bit hard to see exactly what’s going on, as these are two rather colorful yarns, so I did a bit of a solid color swatch to see if I could figure it out.  That’s over there on the right.

Alas, they are decidedly non-stripe like.  They are a few other things though…namely stretchy, seriously smooshy, the same on both sides, and completely curl proof.  It might have potential.  But before I get too distracted by it, I should figure out a few things.  First, what the heck is it?  I’m sure it must have a name other than bungled brioche.  Second, where should I go to figure out the proper way to do brioche (as I apparently can’t simply intuit it on my own)?  Does anyone recommend a particular book or website?