Monday, July 14, 2014

July 14

How long do you wait before you frog a knit-in-progress? I just went scrolling through my photo archives and found this photo, from almost exactly a year ago. That's the beginnings of a Swallowtail shawl – my third attempt, and markedly more successful than the previous two. Nevertheless, right after that photo was taken the shawl went into a bag and the bag went into a bin and I think it's still there, preserved pretty well exactly as you see it above.

Beautiful yarn, lovely pattern, and I've seen so many great versions online that I know I'd love it when I finished it. But I really wasn't loving the making of it, so much so that I I don't think I'll ever finish it. I'm starting to think that I should put it out of its misery (or me out of mine).

And yet...I'm reluctant to take it out. (Maybe I just can't bear the thought that one day I'll change my mind and start again for a fourth try.) So, what are your criteria for moving something from the knit to the hold pile, or from the hold to the rip pile (or back again)? Should I frog it or leave it?


  1. I have been in-knitting and un-quilting a lot lately. If I get to the point where I just don't feel the love, it needs to be undone or given away. I don't want to leave behind pieces that don't tell the story of how much I loved my crafts.

  2. I recently frogged a whole sweater because the edges didn't sit right and I knew I wouldn't wear it like it was. I have learned a few things along the way about blocking as you go, so I'm using this as a learning experience~
    I love when you blog everyday about every day life!

  3. I think you have to go with your gut. If you're not loving it, you're not loving it. But if you would feel more successful to have powered through than you will feel a failure to rip it out, maybe you power through. But sometimes you just let it go and will yourself not to feel bad about it. I'm not much help but I'll support whatever you decide! :)


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