Frogging is good

It’s only January 3rd, and I’m already frogging everything in sight! My Lenten Rose sock was so boring. It plagued me all day yesterday while I was at work. The minute I got home I ripped it out and began a new, improved one, even though I was almost to the toe decreases. Sensational Knitted Socks came to the rescue again — this is a five-stitch pattern, Yarn Over Cable. It’s fun to knit, and easy to remember. I like the way the yarn’s subtle shading works with the stitch’s texture.

I’m very pleased with myself for ripping it out right away, rather than going through all the stages of hand-wringing and tossing the offending knit into a corner for days/weeks/months before the final admission of dislike and defeat. It felt so good that I did the same thing to the beginning of the blue scarf. It was knitting up into a fabric I wasn’t fond of, even though I was getting gauge. Too dense for me, so I went up a needle size and I’m happier now, even after just a couple of inches.

If I have a knitting resolution for 2007, maybe it’s that I will learn to act on my instincts more than just sometimes. I know when a fabric isn’t working, or when a stitch isn’t just right, yet sometimes I leave things as they are, hoping for a miracle. The other day I re-skeined two sock projects, last night this latest one, and this morning it was the scarf. It felt right. I have a few more stale projects here somewhere. Once I reclaim their yarn, I’ll have a nearly-clean knitting slate, a good start to the year, and some really gorgeous yarn.

10 thoughts on “Frogging is good

  1. LOVE the pattern as well as the color! Good for you! Always listen to your “yarn heart.” I am into a scarf now that I just couldn’t settle on needle size or stitch pattern. Many frogs later I finally hit on the combination of needles and stitch the yarn was asking for. Frog away Jane!

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  2. Good for you … taking control over your knitting and frogging right away. Everytime I’ve ignored my instincts / internal voice, I’ve realized I should have listened.

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  3. That is lovely! Always follow your instincts. It’s a hobby, there is no prize for sticking with something you hate.I am a ruthless ripper – I can be way into a project and just wake up one day and realize that I don’t like it, I never did like it, and it’s going to suck when it is done, too, and there is nothing as satisfing as ripping it out. Aaaaah…relief!!

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  4. Ooh, I love the sock! I am unsure about what to do with it yet. So many of my yarns are multi-colored and I want to use a pattern that needs a semi-solid. I’m with you on the frogging, I’ve just put aside half a sock and started over to make it right! I think 2007 will be my year of the sock, now that I’ve finally figured out how to make them fit me! I’m not giving up big projects, but I think I’ll need a sock or two on the needles to fill in the blanks this year (and use up my sock yarn!)

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  5. That sock is gorgeous!! I must knit some socks in that pattern.That’s a good thing for me to remember, too – follow my instincts instead of denying them.

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  6. Jane, that is really a beauty of a pattern. Wow!And I love the soft yellow of your blog and the way you have it arranged. I do miss your watercolor in the header, though. Oh my, I might go home and tweak some code. hehe

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  7. Very, very gorgeous. It’s nice to see your watercolor again. And the fine hand – thanks for sending me the font! (And it’s nice that my computer can find you again.)

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