Tuesday, March 25, 2008

My first frog

Okay, I was knitting a rectangle. I came across a pattern on Lion Brand that I thought was really cute on the model. Just not on me.
Yeah, it is just a rectangle, cast off for the arm holes, and keep keep going. I still consider myself a beginner, and I wanted to make myself something, but this was just not working.

This is how it is supposed to look. Believe me, I checked the pattern so many times.

I liked the way it looked in the back, the collar just rolls under. (Please excuse the tat, long story. Funny, just long. Ahem.)

This is the front view. I tried to come up with some idea on how to save this. Maybe a hem to stop the insane rolling, maybe a few buttons at the shoulders to hold it in place. No. This is just a rectangle.
When I was little I used to watch my younger sister take a rectangle of my mothers fabric, cut two holes in it and call it a vest for her stuffed cat, Sylvester.
I don't want to look like Sylvester.

I frogged it. Is it just me or is this both depressing, and liberating? On one hand, all your hard work is goes down the drain, but on the other hand you get rid yourself of something you were never in love with.
It wasn't so bad.


QuiltedSimple said...

It's cute - maybe make it longer? Would be cute in the summer with a tank top/camisole and little skirt. And it does look like the pattern - I'm impressed!!

Java Mama said...

It looked cute. Maybe a broach/pin somewhere to clasp it? I am not too much of an accessory girl (* see note below), so I write that half-heartedly. Anyway, chalk it up to practice! Congrats on the store! *My choice of accessories are chunky bracelets - I love the one you made.

Jenny said...

I'm right there with 'ya! Still trying to figure out what to do with all that yarn I frogged from my baby's "Jedi Knight" hoodie nightmare.

a friend to knit with said...

oh shoot. no, you don't want to look like sylvester, but i am not convinced that you did.
i actually think that it would have been cute.
is it gone?

Jodie said...

Oohhh, how sad... I had the same thing happen to me last week with a shug I was knitting for my little princess and it was utterly heartbreaking, all of that work gone down the drain. My project was only pint sized, no where near as big as what you were knitting, you must be devestated... I hope it hasn't stunted your knitting mojo and I can't wait to see what you put on your needles next... ;)


Melissa said...

I am thinking longer on the ends and one wooden (original) button to close off above the chest.
It is beautiul, however if your not happy, your not happy!

sheepish one said...

if you don't love it, rip it.
and don't look back.

I am Arizona; a person, not a place. said...

The knitting looked great, but I can see why you felt it wasn't working. It has a funky look to it. Maybe make the front much longer and call it a wrap with arm holes???? ;)

Frogging is very depressing, but once its gone it is quite liberating! I'm on my 6th attempt at crocheting a wrap. Sheesh, it is supposed to be simple, too.

Rory said...

The only thing I ever knitted was a vest for my cat too.....

Shannon said...

I absolutely hate having to take hours of work apart! You seem to have a very good outlook on it though. I am going to try and adopt it.

I just screwed up a dress for the girls...twice. Yes, twice. I took it apart for the second time and almost decided to give up but all I really needed was a break to gather myself. Its amazing what a little break can do for the spirit!

FinnyKnits said...

OMG - I totally have wanted to knit that same sweater. I saw it in their catalog or something and was like, YES, I love it! But now, I know better. I would have come to the same conclusion.

Thank you!

And don't worry, there's no shame in frogging. Now you can use that yarn for something that won't get buried in the closet.

nova said...

Once upon a time I thought frogging was the end of the world...but then I realized that if you are not going to love it (or wear it) then it's not worth it to continue knitting. I still hate frogging though.

Marcia said...

A couple rows of ribbing (Knit 2 Purl 2) would probably keep it from rolling. Also, sometimes when you block - wet it down and shape to dry- you can reshape something you knit to fit more like you want it too. Every project is always a lesson learned for the next. Keep on knitting. It looked nice, really.

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