So..........I looked through my projects for something easier to work on and selected a pair of fingerless mitts: Cafe au Lait Mitts by Paula McKeever.
I've already knit the first 5 rows of ribbing and it's going along so smoothly and rapidly, making my frustrations go away. If the rest of the pattern goes just as well, I'll probably knit more than one pair of these - with Christmas coming up, mitts work well for grandchildren who live up north!!
Do you ever feel there are certain patterns you just can't seem to connect with and get frustrated trying?