Tag: frogging

New Beginnings

The weather changed its mind and went from cold and grouchy to sunny and pleasant and so did my mood. The snow we got last weekend came with some raw temps, and I had to haul out my scarves, hats and mitts. I drew the line at the down parka—not going to wear that in April! I felt as dreary as the gray sky.

Tuesday was frustrating—two out of three family cars were out of service and my husband had to coordinate towing and repairs. My brain felt jangled and I couldn’t think straight. He suggested I walk the dog. What a good idea! A little exercise always helps, as well as the company of a frisky pup. I stepped out into the sunshine. What a blessing.

I didn’t need gloves or scarves. A cool breeze whisked away the jangled thoughts and I relaxed in the sun while Lexi did her business, then we were off. I let her lead and we had a very pleasant walk sniffing the good sniffs and enjoying the sights. Sometimes a little change is all you need to bring on a new outlook. The cars were repaired with a minimum of fuss and things are back to normal.

I started a new knitting project. It was fun to match up some yarn from the stash I got when a local store went out of business with a pattern for a short cape. It is just right for this weather, now I have to master the pattern.

It is one of those deceptively easy ones with a three stitch repeat, but the challenge came when I tried to work in increases. The first time around it looked awful and I had to admit after 16 rows I must have gone wrong somewhere. I pulled it all out and started over where the pattern began. The second time around it looked better, but not exactly like the picture. I kept going until I got the 16th row and discovered I had made a mistake. A mistake that looked great, in fact it actually matched the picture. Yay! So I frogged it again—back to the beginning of the pattern and went for the third attempt. So far, so good, we’ll see what happens when I get to the 16th row, but this time I have high hopes.

Maybe next time I should swatch the pattern to make sure know what it looks like on a straight piece before I put in the increases. What do you think?

Meanwhile, enjoy the beautiful day, even if it is gloomy where you live.

F is for Frogging

Frogging is what you do when you have to take your knitting apart. It is not fun, especially if it is a finished garment with all the loose ends carefully woven in.

“Don’t you knit a swatch?” I hear my loyal readers exclaim.

I do, but sometimes I relax as I knit and the gauge gets looser. The sweater gets bigger, and by the time I am done, it fits like a sack and I shove it in the closet. After it has hidden in the depths for a while, I decide the yarn is worthy of a better project, and out it comes. Yes, I have completely remade at least one sweater.

A year or so ago I made a “capelet”. The picture showed an elbow length pullover with a hood. I thought it would be cute for those days when you need a hat and neck warmer, but not a whole coat. It also was reversible with a two color style of knitting I had just learned. I got the kit on sale for an amazing price, and hauled out my circular needles, eager to cast on.

My swatch came out all right so off I went. One problem with knitting in circular needles is that it is hard to judge the size as you go along. Due to the two color reversible pattern, I had twice as many stitches on the needle as usual, making it even harder to judge. I forged ahead, certain that my gauge was right.

Alas, it was not. By the time I got to the close fitting hood, I knew something was wrong. The neck opening fit around my shoulders, and I did not think the Emperor Palpatine look was for me. I finished it off, because that is the way I roll, but it has been sitting on the floor in a corner ever since.

I recently found a sweater pattern that would look perfect in the colors of the capelet/circus tent, so I began the frogging. After a couple of nights watching TV and winding the yarn into balls, I was ready to go. I checked my swatch, accounted for my ease when knitting and started anew. So far, all looks well, and I am hoping for the best.

All was not lost with the capelet—I worked on the two-color reversible stitch and decided I will probably use it on small items like cowls rather than an epic cape. I also learned how to graft the ends together. This involved a trip to the local yarn store where I got a handy laminated cheat sheet to keep in my project bag.

Come fall, I should have a beautiful sweater. I have discovered a couple of problems with the pattern, so I have thrown in my own preferences. Now we’ll see how that works out—I don’t like to frog anything twice.

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