I suspect my unhappiness with knitting had more to do with the project and less to do with the knitting. I was unhappy with how it was working up. I had to fudge the number of stitches a few times and then I stupidly twisted one of the fronts when I was knitting the bits all together. There was no fudging that. I ripped the whole sucker out, fixed myself an ice cream cone: mocha chip and regrouped.
I don’t want this pattern to beat me so I’m going to give it another go. I’m also going up a size just to be safe. Wish me luck!