I can honestly say that although my "Down the Rabbit Hole" project is NOT shaping up in the slightest, it's not a failure. It's got a built-in self-taught class because I'm using tons of different techniques (some I'm making up on the fly) and styles. I will admit that I'm learning that I've never asked the questions that would've been pertinent to this project. And for some reason, I don't care. LOL
For example, does a double-knitted (reversible) item felt well? Or at all? When creating a project made of many panels of knitted patterns, is it better to knit and felt the items separately and THEN seam them together, or to affix them to one another prior to felting? Do turquoise and orange clash in a good way or a bad way? These and other questions have either already been answered or are on the verge of answering themselves. If nothing else, this project will be a huge learning experience.
An exercise in patience and creativity. Where do I put the zig-zags? Is it practical to want to have a "vein" of black and red snaking through the whole thing? To give the illusion of depth, should I just use darker colors at the bottom, or be indiscriminate and then dip-dye the whole thing in extremely diluted fabric dye, slowly pulling it out so the bottom portions are darker than the top? Or does that even make any sense AT ALL?
Even if this project ends in knitting hell, I enjoy learning and teaching myself. There's just something really fulfilling about that, whether you're teaching yourself knitting techniques/mistakes or something else entirely. Like, say, French.