Everyone who knits frogs, why do you?
I tend to frog when I don’t think the yarn, needles or pattern are not working to my satisfaction. Not when I’ve made an error. I like to think I creatively incorporate my errors into my patterns.
I like to let mistakes lie for a bit, let your knitting sit overnight, often in the middle of the night, or during a dog walk, I can come up with a improvisation to allow me to continue. If the error is not obvious to anyone but me, I often let it go. Can I make it into part of the pattern, add some design, or shaping? Or just outright ignoring it, especially if in an underarm or other inconspicuous area. I even found a dropped stitch once that I couldn’t ladder back up and tacked it down.
I also take into account how far along I am, if not far, well I’ll rip it out, almost done. Start thinking creatively. Of course if you are going to “see” the mistake every time you look at your item. Definitely rip it out and fix the problem we must be at peace with what we knit. Most of us have left in mistakes that in retrospect we wish we hadn’t and at other times felt we wasted a lot of effort correcting something that wasn’t worth correcting.
On the other hand, I am very particular with my projects, I like the pattern and the yarn to be perfect. Even the needles have made me rip it, and start over with a pair with sharper points, bamboo or circulars.
The yarn talks to me, I can be halfway done or more, and have to chuck it all and frog it, if it’s not making me happy. Then, I’m off to find a new pattern that would be a good “match” for it.
It is good to give your self “permission” to get silly and playful with the yarn again.
So which kinds of frogger are you? What is your tipping point?
May your needles fly as fast as dragonflies…
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