Monday, July 14, 2014
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?