Now you see it…
Tuesday July 29th 2008, 2:16 pm
Filed under: Knit

Going, going...And in a moment you won’t.  I think.  I could just keep going as it is and knit a perfectly nice shawl. Only problem is, I want this exact yarn to go into that exact new idea and it doesn’t in its current state. I was swatching and swatching and swatching with a different yarn to the side last night, feeling restless with how I’d planned the thing even though it was a perfectly good idea, and at bedtime, having finally figured out my way through to just exactly what I wanted, I was skipping down the hall like a little kid: I DID it! I GOT it!  This is SO cool!

Only, I didn’t entirely yet–I have to frog this down to row four and have a do-over.  Part of me says oh just go knit that idea in something else and let this one be, there’s nothing wrong with it.

Except, I don’t want to.  I want THIS yarn to be the new idea. So there.  Because I’m the mommy. I said so.  Frog it.

…Tomorrow.  Lemme think about it first.  (Casting on to test the new idea in yet another yarn, and then…)

Moral of the story: and *this*, children, is why we have stashes.  Basic playground equipment is essential.

(Edited to add: I did it.  I took it all the way back to zero and got it past the frogging point again.  It was so worth it.)

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I am a firm believer in frogging.

Comment by Sonya 07.30.08 @ 2:29 am

There. We’re justified. Thank you for explainin’ the yarn store in my house. 😉

Congrats on the new idea! Oh, your next book is going to be a doozie! Can’t wait.

Comment by Toni 07.30.08 @ 4:36 am

Alison, I’m glad you can enjoy the victory of persistence and have your knitting exactly the way you want it. Can’t wait to see the finished project.

Comment by Joansie 07.30.08 @ 4:38 am

That’s me right above this comment; had to redo my info & forgot to add my mountains…it’s early here.

Comment by Toni Smoky-Mountains 07.30.08 @ 4:38 am

as much as I hate that first frogged stitch, once it’s done, I’m always happy I did it.

Comment by Sandra 07.30.08 @ 5:29 am

I just read “Knitting Without Tears” for the first time (I know, I know..) you’re the BOSS of your knitting.

Comment by Diana Troldahl 07.30.08 @ 10:42 am

You know, frogging caused me great pain until lace. I can’t explain it, but since I started knitting lace, ANYTHING can be ripped back to the start without much more than a second glance. The colors are lovely, and I look forward to seeing what this grows up to be!

Comment by Channon 07.30.08 @ 10:47 am

Wow that is beautiful. I have been reading you since Chan asked you about her to be gifted shawl. I have been wanting your book – it’s on my birthday list 🙂 Lovely shawls, beautiful yarn. I can’t wait to see how this one grows up. Oh, I also love how you display them – guitars, and what other non-traditional item did I see wearing a shawl – it was fabulous! g

Comment by gaylen 07.30.08 @ 10:55 am

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