TreasureGoddess Christine Posted on Monday, August 18, 2014 at 3:37PM
Well, that pile of lovely hand dyed awesomeness is my 2nd attempt at a swatch for a new pattern design of a shawl. I used to do almost anything rather than frog a project, I'd unknit (also called tink) one stitch at a time back through ROWS and ROWS of knitting to save the heartbreak and terror that used to grip me with the idea of just pulling out the needles and ripping back the yarn. Now, I get a sick sort of happiness by doing just that. I don't necessarily rip the whole project out, but now I just slip those needles out and give the yarn a tug or a HUWHAAAAAAAA (my verbalization of frogging) while using my arm in a full extension arc and RIPPING that yarn away stitch by stitch, row by row, PILING up the yarn on my lap, the floor, or wherever it happens to fly. It's empowering, actually. Then you calmly (really) pick up your needles and either slip them into the existing stitches or if you are working with fiddly yarn, tink yourself back a row one stitch at a time and all the little stitches are back on the needles ready to try that part again.
Here is start #3 of my fabulous shawl pattern idea. Well, it's fabulous in my head. On the needles, it hasn't been behaving itself very well the first two go-rounds. I've gotten a bit smarter this time and frogged the entire thing and cast on fewer stitches. Just enough to test things out and get a repeat of the pattern going and see how it develops.
Almost any fiber of yarn really will behave itself and not immediately drop all the stitches back to the bindoff if you pull out the needles. I promise. I used to FREAK THE HECK OUT when someone suggested I pull the needles out of my work and fix a stitch or two. FREAK OUT. Now it actually makes me smile. I'm not saying ALL the stitches stay right there no matter what, one or two may drop down one row, but that's easily fixed stitch by stitch on the next time around the needles. Just take it slow and LOOK at your knitting. Or find someone like me at your next knit night who has a sick pleasure in ripping back knitting a ways and getting things corrected and going right. :) There's one in every crowd. In fact, my little group actually has a few that LIKE weaving in ends. Boggles my brain.
Yes, I have actually been introduced to the idea of putting in lifelines, but for this little swatch, it doesn't seem like it's worth the effort. It's probably just as fast for me to frog back and start again at the point where I last had things going right.
OH, and for those not sure why people call it frogging? As shown on the top picture, when you say out lout "rip it, rip it, rip it" it sounds like "ribbit, ribbit, ribbit". Hence, Frogging. May all your knitting projects behave themselves and you not have any frogging in the near future. But, if you do, remember, it's not a horrible thing, it's like a second chance, a do-over.
PS, the yarn being used is some of my own Cashmere Treasures Lace Yarn. It wants to grow up to be a TreasureGoddess Shawl of Awesomeness. How's that for some pressure on designing a good pattern? Hopefully this swatch will grow up to a good start of the design. Wish me luck!
Here's the view I had this weekend while knitting away on the first 2 attempts of swatches...(my husband and my lake doggie Rio).