So I decided to frog the scarf.
Do you know why we call it frogging? Because you 'Rip it, rip it'. Get it? HAHA! I love that. I think it is hilarious. But I love puns too, so....
Anyway, I ripped out the scarf, sorry - I frogged the scarf. Then I cast on again. I have knit a bit on it and I like it so much more. That's the picture at the top. Same yarn, different pattern. I like it so much more.
Do you think I am crazy because I ripped all that out? How could I do such a thing, you ask? It isn't as hard as you think. I know, I know. You don't want to waste your knitting time. You don't want to pull out all that hard work. But... which is worse? Ripping out something that you are NOT enjoying because you aren't crazy about how it is turning out, or starting something over and being happy with the result. I didn't think about how much I had already knit, but how much I had yet to knit. See the difference?
I knew the future would be happier for me if I was knitting something that I believed in wholeheartedly. So I ripped it out. I may have finished the original scarf, but I didn't care for how the yarn looked. I knew it was pretty yarn! I don't think I would have ever been truly happy with the scarf. Worse, I may have not finished the scarf. It would have sat taunting me from a project bag as a never finished WIP. Neither of those options were acceptable to me.
When I knit something, I want to be something I enjoy and something that I like how it looks. I don't want to put a bunch of work into something with which I am not completely happy.
I haven't gotten too far on it, but I have gotten far enough to know that even if the scarf is a little shorter than I wanted, I will be happier with it.
It is very liberating to rip out projects that you do not love. Don't let a project persuade you into keeping it, just because you have worked on it for a time.