And finally back to this:
Isn't it much more beautiful now? I have never ripped out an entire project before. I feel like it was almost as big as an accomplishment as if I had finished knitting something.
Last week, as planned, I took out the seams and blocked the pieces. I took the trouble to block it because I really was leaning toward reknitting the sleeve caps and putting it back together. However, seeing it blocked clinched the decision to completely frog it. I just wasn't happy with the gauge of the knitted fabric.
It seemed like a dreaded chore but once I got going I was excited. It was like getting a gift of brand new yarn!
And I think I found a better project match for the Malabrigo silky merino. Previously, I had only been looking at Ravelry to find a new project. But when I really decided to rip out the sweater, I delved into my own pattern bookshelf as well. Happily, I found this:
It is the Neck Down Lace Pullover by Cecily Glowik, from the Classic Elite pattern booklet 9091 Alpaca Stories. I've knit a gauge swatch and I think I have found a much happier second life for the silky merino. This whole process has been vexing at times, and like anything else that fits that description, I can now look back on it and appreciate the learning process it provided. I really mean it when I say that I appreciate the lessons learned. Still I think I will now go light a candle and say a small prayer to the knitting gods and goddesses that I can get through one project without quite as much of a learning curve. Wish me luck!