Saturday, January 4, 2014

Frogged, a new word added to my vocabulary









The Urban Dictionary describes frogged:

frogged
in knitting, a frog says "rip it rip it" and frogging refers to unraveling rows of knitted work due to an error found.
"When I realized that I had messed up my ribbing on that sweater, I frogged half of it to make it right."
I started these socks a week or so before Thanksgiving. I was in a fall colors mood and this seemed like the perfect yarn to fill my love of everything fall. It's Mountain Colors Beautiful Hand Painted Yarn in the Poppy Trail colorway. These iPhone photos do not show the true beauty of the colors.

I cast on the Tuscany pattern from the Toe Up 2 At a Time Socks book by Melissa Morgan Oakes. I hated the pointy toe, so frogged it and cast on a different toe, starting with 12 stitches instead of 8.

Things were going pretty good until I got to the heels. I still do not understand the wrapped stitches and then picking them up and knitting them, so I had to rip out the heel on the first sock and start the heel all over again.
Things were going great after that. I finished both heels and was starting the legs. Now the pattern does say this makes a tight leg, but I could not get it over my foot. That was my final blunder.
So last night I ripped out both socks. I felt sad for all the time I had spent on these socks, but also relieved that I could make the decision to not waste any more time on something that wasn't going to fit or turn out correctly.
Sometimes, you just have to admit defeat. This year I will be blogging the blunders with the triumphs.


11 comments:

Catherine said...

I'm full of sympathy about the failed footwear, but it's very refreshing to hear about it! Thanks for sharing the disasters as well as the triumphs.

Flying Blind... said...

Disappointing but emancipating at the same time xxx

Strawberry Patch said...

My full sympathies are with you...just last week I ripped out a fully finished sock because it was too big, I am so thankful it is now re knitted and over with!

Patchwork and Play said...

I admire the courage it took to rip it all out and start again! (I might have just thrown them out!) And then sharing your journey! I hope they work out better next time!

Katy Cameron said...

Boo to the wasted time, yay to retaining circulation in your feet :oD

Sally said...

This is my exact frustration with knitting… I hate having to frog something after I have invested a goodly amount of time in it :( However, I am determined to knit myself at least one pair of socks this year...

Marcia R said...

I vow NOT to try my hand at knitting cause I don't need another hobby, but I am constantly un-sewing. I just tell myself that whether my project succeeds or fails, I am learning!

Leanne said...

Knitting can be like that, but one just starts again and on we go. When you are making both the fabric and the garment at the same time, sometimes you need to start over. And you have identified the reason why I just make one sock at a time, despite the advantages of making two at a time. I hope you will use that beautiful yarn for another pair.

Dianne Neale said...

Sorry you had to learn the "f" word! But you have prompted me to frog my sock, and get on with a new pair!

Jackie said...

To me, getting a sock that fits perfectly isn't easy. I'm also not fond of wraps either. I tend to like dark yarns and am a bit of a tight knitter. It makes it hard to see the wraps. I've heard about the Fish Lips Kiss heel and that's something I want to try. Offhand I'm not sure if that works toe up or not.

Annabella said...

Whenever I drop a stitch I usually frog the whole thing...you have my sympathy. Your blogging NYR is a good one.