This has helped but hasn't solved my "does the end justify the means?" dilemma. What I have learned in all of this is, I love the knitting process MORE than the product. I have been known to just knit, no product in mind, just knit something I know I will TINK when I am done. Even though I desperately love the Rainbow Cardigan product, I do not love the feel of the cotton yarn and I am still not knitting steady enough to get in the zone; to reach the yoga of knitting. I have 180 stitches in a row. Every 20 stitches I have to stop and make sure the yarn is twisted properly so there is no hole. I do that 9 times. So I knit 20 stitches then get interrupted by something tedious and boring, knit 20 stitches then get interrupted by something tedious and boring, etc. Like I said, it is about 50/50 if the juice is worth the squeeze.
Not to sound like a complete whiner, I made another trip to my new favorite LYS Knit 'n Purl. I really thought I needed to find something that would put the spark back in my knitting. It was so fun! I introduced myself and was treated like a celebrity! Everyone made a wonderful fuss about the blog about Knit 'n Purl. Marvelous Molly was there. I love her. So I bought a couple of things