Monday, April 14, 2008

The Scoop that was...

frogged. Yes folks, my oldest WIP is no longer. It truly was inevitable.

The Sco0p that was
Scoop du Jour
I cast on in 2005 and used my very first Addi needles knitting the back. I didn't know much, except how to knit and purl, and it was my first attempt at a sweater. I also knit my first decreases on this back. For some reason, I just didn't work on it for a long while. 1 year later I picked it up and worked on the left front, and attempted the right front. But for some reason, I just didn't finish. I wanted to..but just didn't. Then the sock craze began.

Knit when Purl should have been
This tiny area that has a row of knits instead of purls in my ribbing is what actually brought me to Knitty. I wanted to know how to fix it. They told me, but I was chicken to purposely drop a stitch. So it stayed as a design element.

The decision to frog instead of knit on, has been a while coming. I finally had to admit to myself that my knitting gauge has changed dramatically, and there must be some inner hidden reason why it never interested me to finish. Plus, that ever fear of "will it even fit". There is nothing wrong with the pattern, it was just me!

So onward I went, used my niddy noddy for part of the frogging and then my swift, once tied off, into the water it went.
Frogged and ready for a bath
Looks like it's walking on water, hehe, all crinkly looking.

drying The larger skein was on the niddy noddy so that was easier to dry and was straight. The other one needed the weight of the can to get a bit straighter, not the best, but it'll do.

Once dried, it was soooo soft. Oh..the yarn is Cotton Ease in Ice blue which is no longer available, but I bought a ton of them when they were on clearance.
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All wound up and ready to go!
To start again
It's next life will be this sweater below, I'll be knitting with my pal. :)

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22 comments:

Sarah Jackson said...

Sometimes, you gotta do what you gotta do. It's better to frog and knit something you love.

Knit & Purl Mama said...

Too bad you had to frog it, but I guess it just was destined to be something else!

Great color though!

weezalana said...

Frogging can be exhilarating! And now you can use that yarn (LOVE that color) for something even better!

Javajem said...

Well good for you for actually ripping! I usually just through things in a corner and ignore them!

hehe

aija said...

Good for you!!

Lauren said...

The color is great! I'm glad you finally worked up to frogging it so you can make something you'll love. :)

Amanda said...

It's a gorgeous color - you SHOULD be wearing it rather than letting it sit. Way to go on finally getting motivated to frog it!! Can't wait to see the new sweater. :)

sgeddes said...

It looks like blue Ramen noodles in the sink when its all wavy like that!

cpurl17 said...

Good girl!

Ilove the design feature! I'm no longer afraid to drop a stitch unless it's on lace or cabeling!

turtlegirl76 said...

Good for you! Way to frog! Felt good didn't it?

kemtee said...

Good for you. Can't wait to see what it was truly meant to become.

Sonya said...

Sometimes a project just isn't meant to be. It's beautiful yarn though. Gorgeous shade of blue. I used Cotton Ease after a 100% cotton stretching fiasco. Great stuff.

Virtuous said...

Wow! Now that was a serious frog pond!
You did great in restoring for the new cardi!

Can't wait for progress pics!

Have a great knitting week Z!

Ragan Knits etc... said...

Oh my! Looks like you and Karen both had frogging parties! Wow.
I hope the yarn likes the new project better!

Karen said...

Oh, good for you!!! Nothing better than a good frogging session, huh? Don't you feel like a weight has been lifted? And the new sweater pattern is going to be great!!

aquaknits said...

So long Scoop! Congrats on clearing out an old project, I tried to work on something from way back and also found my tension has changed big time!

I'm glad the project served a good purpose in it's lifetime--bringing you to Knitty!

Jess said...

You have actually motivated me to frog! Its a good thing! The old sweater looked good, but the new will be oh so much better! Love the color.

tiennie said...

Oh wow! I have an old WIP that I should do the same too but you're much braver than me!

freshisle said...

I loved that sweater on the cover, too! It will be beautiful in that gorgeous blue yarn.
I'm still drooling over all those strawberries. And soooo jealous of your weather!

bloomingknitter said...

Oh, that looks so scary, but seeing the nice little cakes of yarn after it made it through the bath is worth the effort. I need to do this with one of my sweaters, but I am too chicken to try. I am afraid I will end up with a balled up mess.

Carol said...

That is a great blue. Isn't it nice that knitting is one of the few crafts where you can take something apart and re-purpose it? Not like sewing where you have cut up the fabric, or pottery where the clay is done once it's fired.

IrishgirlieKnits said...

Good for you! It would be worse if you knit it now and then never wore it right?! Now you have more yarn!!