It often amazes me how connected we knitters can be. I've recently read several blog posts about the heartbreak of frogging and whether it should be done or not. Two that specifically caught my atttention were by blogosphere friends: Knitted Bliss wrote about having to accept the fact that she would be frogging a languishing project that just wasn't turning out right, and Erin wrote about her dilemma with deciding to frog back a sleeve or leave the mistake and not look back.
|Make Up Your Mind Tank (Julie Crawford)|
To frog or not to frog is a big question we knitters face at least once, and I guess it always depends on the project, the patience we have at the moment, and what our ultimate goals are with that project or our knitting skills in general. As one of my year of projects, I cast on this beautiful tank and happily knitted it during one of my road trips last week. It's a lovely pattern but eventually, I started to lose a stitch here and another one there. Eventually, I was off by a few stitches but kept plugging along, thinking to myself that a stitch here and there wouldn't matter much ... right? (Sorry, Julie!)
M tried it on yesterday (I'm knitting it for her) and it looked fine ... well, except where it didn't (if you know what I mean). But being the sweetie that she is, assured me that those little mistakes barely showed and it fit fine and she loved it.
I got the front part done with the straps (yes, one is slightly wider than the other) and continued on the racer back. I love the varied stitch patterns that is developed over the body of the tank and how the straps and racer back meet up to finish the top. But it's not right. There are too many mistakes, and I don't feel good about giving it to M knowing all those mistakes are hiding in the stitches. So, I've decided to frog this attempt and start over. And while it was a painful decision, one that I mulled over quite a bit, I'm taking a new approach to this experience.
I'm not the most experienced seamstress but I did make a dozen Motown-style costumes last year for M's end-of-school year musical so I know what it takes to sew up a sample before creating the final piece. Knitters swatch, but I don't think we tend to knit up samples before tackling the pattern again, getting all the kinks out, and creating the FO. Now that I've practiced this pattern (yes, I'll call it a practice run), I'm ready to cast it on again and do it right this next time. And I'm not crying (okay, just a little).