I have to abandon the faux cables. I can't be squinting at the pattern right now. I'm not in the mood, and with a deadline for the scarf to be finished, I'm admitting defeat. I think I'll just move over to some bigger needles and do a basic rib and keep knitting for as long I can stand it, hopefully until I finish the ball of yarn.
I'm imagining :
(X=knit on RS, purl on WS, O=purl on RS, knit on WS)
ribbing repeated ad nauseum. I'll have to swatch it. A straight K2P2 might drive me batty before the end.
I do hate giving up on things, but why make myself miserable over a charity donation item. It sort of defeats the purpose. Maybe I should reconisder those cupcakes...