Yesterday, I was looking at my older posts because I needed to link an old post with yesterday’s blog posting. While I was searching for what I wanted to link I noticed that I had blogged about “Another Hat” that I was doing. Umm … I finished it and I didn’t like the outcome. I “frogged” it. For new and non-knitters, the expression “frogged” means to rip out; and it makes a “rib-it, rib-it” sound like a frog. Yes, I ripped out the entire finished project.
I referenced the book, The Book of Patterns by Ann Budd. And yes, I really do like the book. The hat turned out exactly like Ann’s directions said it would. I just wanted something more. It was just a blue tam, knitted in the round with a nice I-cord knot on top (that’s in the book too). I learned how to do many other stitches now, and I want my work to show that. Then I found Weekend Hats by Cecily Glowik MacDonald and Melissa LaBarre and I fell in love with all the patterns. The parts are simple to challenging with wonderful instructions and helpful tips. I enjoyed making the “Trellis Hat” from this book and then I thought, “hey do I really want to wear a plain blue tam on top of my head when I just made this really nice striped hat?”
But let me say this, I didn’t feel like I wasted any time by knitting it. I enjoyed the experience and the process of creating the hat. I enjoy the excitement of how the project is going look when it’s finished. So at the end of the day, here’ my rational: “why would I knit something and then not wear it?” I had my answer: I frogged it and put the yarn in my stash for another project.
Tip: If you are going to rip out a project like I did, check out this link to see how to get the crinkles out of the yarn so that you can reuse the yarn.
The Martini Knitter