Today’s post is about giving it up, starting over, and trying to move on.* No, sillies, it’s not “personal”. It’s about frogging a project that just doesn’t seem to be working out for you. Whether it’s the yarn, the pattern, the combination of the two, or something else that makes you strongly dislike a project, sometimes you just have to “let it go”. (cue the characters from “Frozen”)
I have been struggling through this project for the last two years, really struggling. What seemed like a great idea at first soon became a chore once the yarn was purchased and I started crocheting.
Originally, this was going to be Paton’s Soft Drape Kimono Crochet Jacket. I love anything Japanese, but this just doesn’t match my idea of a kimono so that may be one reason why I’m not keen on the idea. It’s an easy pattern with half double V stitches and very little shaping.
I choose Berroco Vintage in #51103, Clary. It’s a very nice yarn which is easy to work with and should hold up well with its acrylic, wool, and nylon blend so using it for another pattern should not ruin the yarn.
It Must Run in the Genes
My mother is the Queen of Frogging. She once frogged a cardigan that she had washed and blocked because it just didn’t fit right. That must have been fun since I’m sure that the fibers had started to felt together after being washed even once. I swear she frogs more than she finishes. It has gotten to the point that all the ladies at the Knitting Social at the Library just roll their eyes and hold their tongues.
The Final Decision
I do not blame the pattern or the yarn. It’s just not a marriage made in heaven. Unfortunately, I have been procrastinating “doing the deed”. I wanted to persevere so I could have my own crocheted cardigan to wear when the house gets cold. Nope. Not happening now. And this makes me happy.
I keep seeing the olive green as a nice triangular shawl with some sort of pattern on one side. Maybe I might (gasp!) knit this shawl. (pant, pant, breathe, breathe) Okay, moment of insanity over. Whew! Back to your regularly scheduled crochet blog post. 😉
So It Starts…
I made up my mind a few weeks ago to frog my kimono cardigan, but today I will start. I’ll put the yarn into nice cakes later when I can do it at my mother’s place on her yarn winder. But for today I will start frogging and rolling the yarn into balls. Who knows maybe I’ll skip the cake part and use one of my crocheted yarn bowls to make sure it doesn’t become a bunny toy.
Do you have a project that is driving you crazy or sitting in the far corner of the closet? Maybe you should also admit defeat and just start frogging it. It will feel good and you can move on with your life. Or you can finish it and give it away to charity. Either way, you really need to get rid of the “trash” in your life. Let me know. I might have to start a frogging support group with my mother as President.
*Disclaimer: This post is 100% about frogging a crochet project that is bothering you. It is not at all about anything else. I’m saying this because some people misread my posts which drives me insane! 🙂
Have an excellent day!