Frogging, Frogging, Frogging…
Sometimes you knit something pretty, you think it’s lovely, then after a couple of months, you need to face up to the ugly truth about your pretty knitting. It needs frogging. Yesterday with a heavy heart I started frogging the half moon shawl I made over winter and described here.
Why? Well, a few reasons conspired to mean I simply wasn’t going to wear it… ever! Yes, I know I put in hours of work and it looked beautiful while blocking on the outside clothesline, but honestly what’s the point of its existence if all it’s ever going to do is sit in my bedroom draws?
Is this knitting followed by simply storing something you do? I’ve done it in the past and it always leaves me with a slightly unclean, I need a shower to get rid of a dirty secret feeling tinged with knitting shame. In the past, I’ve knitted items that didn’t fit or looked downright horrid when put on. Typically they end up hidden in a wardrobe or chest of draws while I do my best to pretend they don’t exist.
Sometimes I wonder how I was so blind during the knitting process that I didn’t see the nightmarish disaster of biblical knitting proportions that was winding its way off my needles. Of course, the answer is simple, I’ve either been seduced by a pretty pattern or photos of a cleverly photographed stick thin model. You know the sort of photos I mean, the ones that make you I forget that style makes a woman with curves look like a bad sculpture made of out dumplings by a five-year-old. How many knitters over the years have spent hours and hours of their lives knitting something which once put on and viewed in a mirror, does a better job at stripping their self-confidence than a dozen ex-partners could have managed in a month of Sundays?
Anyway, I’m digressing. Back to the shawl. Why was a frogging it? Well, I’ve reached a stage in my life where I’m not overly concerned with how much is in my wardrobe, I’m more concerned that what’s there is useful. I don’t own a lot of clothes but I do wear what I have. So the question became very simple, was I going to wear this shawl? The answer was no for two reasons.
1) (and I should have guessed this one in advance) Since I tend to wrap shawls around my neck more like scarfs, a half moon shape creates a lot of bunching up
2) The yarn choice was wrong. I knew making an item that needed blocking out of yarn with such a high percentage of manmade fibre was a risk. Initially, after blocking, everything looked ok, but after a few weeks it reverted to it’s unblocked shape. Making it unwearable even if I wasn’t bothered about the bunching up issue.
So I’ve frogged and I’m re-using the yarn to make another ‘Junction Shawl’ (you can read about the first one I made here). When I bought this yarn (Batik Swirl by Stylecraft) I used the other ball for a Junction Shawl and that pattern has been more successful as it’s a different shape and the blocking isn’t anywhere near as critical.
I could get upset about this but instead, I’ve decided to take the attitude that I’m getting twice the knitting enjoyment out of a single yarn purchase.
Take care and if you’ve something that needs frogging, know you’re not alone and plenty of other knitters understand that rip it, rip it, pain you’re going through.