Life at the frog pond is never easy. You do all that work and then have to sit and rip it all back. It can be very disheartening. What keeps you going as you pick up and get started again, is the prospect that things are going to be better this time around.
I've been there with "Sea Urchin", the hat that I'm knitting. It was looking wonderful (the colorway is divine) but it just wasn't looking like the pictures. I went on to Rav and found a message from Susanna IC the designer. It turns out that I am one of the first people to start knitting the pattern and so she was keeping in touch with my progress. Several messages were exchanged and Susanna graciously helped me to understand where I was going wrong. She then went back and adjusted the wording on the pattern so that even a dunderhead like me can understand the concept.
You see, my vertical ribs were just not stacking. Instead the entire hat was slanting, more like Grumperina's Odessa does as you knit it. It seems that you have to move your marker to get them to stack up right.
So, I've been frogging. In fact I frogged right back to the beginning. Frankly this Noro deserves nothing but perfection from my knitting and I intend to give it. I can't wait to see that star at the top of the hat radiating out from the centre and if I have to frog to achieve it, then so be it!