I'm diligently hacking away at the Aran. It crossed my mind for a brief instant to simply bag the whole project because I'd made a mistake that required frogging.
I didn't. I frogged a bit and fixed it.
Advice to go with the flow and let the cables come to you is nice, but I need to get into the project a bit more to recognize the twists and turns. It took me a whole sleeve to ingrain C2F, T4B, T4F, C4B, etc. without having to go back to the chart explanations to figure out which stitch or stiches get held where.
I tell you what though, GREAT practice for cabling without cable needles is that Koolhaas Hat (Brooklyn Tweed). I'm so glad I did that before tackling this, because if I had to deal with a third needle every four stitches, I think I would have bagged the whole project.