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Preparing a Space to Create: Frogging Projects

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So I just finished tackling part of my crafting space that was overwhelming me: my yarn stash.

My stash used to be under control…mostly. I had a few odds and ends, but most of the stash was delegated fiber: a skein of sock wool to make into a shawl, some balls of wool I wanted to knit into a pair of mittens, that sort of thing.

Then, as I was cleaning house, I realized that some of the sweaters I had knit (read: all of the sweaters I had knit!) were going unworn because I didn’t really love the fit. It turns out that asymmetrical cardigans do not fit my frame well, and I don’t love how pullover sweaters look on me so I avoid wearing them. I’m much more comfortable these days in large cozy knits, but haven’t gotten around to making any myself.

So I started frogging my sweaters (a fancy way of saying that I unraveled them).

My first sweater I ever knit out of grey Jaeger wool. I loved it, but my gauge had been completely wrong, so the sweater was large enough to fit two of me in it. This is why you spend 30 minutes to knit a swatch and test your gauge ahead of time, people! Frogged.

A beautiful teal alpaca sweater that is perfect…except that it turns out I don’t like bell sleeves and high waistlines. Frogged.

My lovely charcoal alpaca cardigan with Scandinavian closures that would be perfect if only it wouldn’t pull open all wonky when I wore it. Frogged.

A creamy wool scarf that I knit in high school but never wear because the weight of it on my neck gives me headaches. Frogged.

A variegated wool sweater that was machine knit by someone in Europe but fits no one in the family so I salvaged it to be able to use the yarn for another project. Frogged.

A tweed top my grandmother started knitting but didn’t finish, which won’t fit me. Frogged.

A blue cardigan that is no longer in style but the alpaca would be awesome in a low-hem style. Frogged.

Now I need to put all this yarn on my niddy noddy, reskein it, and wind it up until I find a new purpose for it. What to make…

Are there projects you have completed and then frogged to make something you’d love even more?

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6 Comments

  1. Debbi

    Absolutely! I’ve frogged sweaters and projects so many times when I’m not feeling the love for them. Its a good thing I enjoy the knitting process more than the final items I was working on 🙂 also, be sure to give yarn some love too and wash it to release the kinks from being in a knitted form. Makes a world of difference, especially for using it later and getting the right gauge.

    1. admin

      Yes! I’ve heard that a soak can help – I’m working up my bravery to soak it once I have it in skein form 🙂 I’m glad I’m not the only one reworking previous projects!

      1. Debbi

        It’s really not all that scary. Just treat it like a loose knit cowl but in hank form! When you have it on the niddy noddy tie it in several places and it’ll prevent tangling, but make sure the ties are loose enough to let the yarn relax while in the water. Do you normally soak & snap handspun to set the twist?

        1. admin

          It’s just been quite a while 🙂 But I’m excited to do it again!

  2. Frogging is on my list too. Are you just unraveling and rewinding or will you give the yarn a soak? I have heard about soaking the yarn before rewinding but not sure how that works.

    1. admin

      My plan is to give it a soak, but I’ve procrastinated on that because it overwhelms me a bit. But when I’ve tried reknitting with yarn that has been frogged from a blocked pattern it has been nearly impossible to knit it up evenly.

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