Why do they call it frogging? Because when you want to undo your knitting, you have to rip-it, rip-it, rip-it!
Dumb joke, but don’t we all feel a bit froggish when inattention or misunderstanding has us jumping off on the wrong foot? We’d all love to have perfect, even stitches pouring off our needles and forming fabulous garments before our very eyes. That only happens in fairy tales or Harry Potter stories! The reality is we all sometimes get distracted, skip a pattern line, misread a chart, drop some stitches.
As Ace mentioned, she frogged her road-trip scarf because it didn’t look right, it didn’t feel right, and ultimately she felt better ripping out and re-knitting. Re-knitting, no doubt, with more mindfulness.
Isn’t that just like life? We do, and re-do, learn our hiccups and learn to pay attention. We learn what needs practice, how things are constructed, the nuances of life’s pattern. We learn what we can adjust, ignore, or catch in later with a deft stitch. We learn what needs a good deal of frogging to set right.
A cheerful acceptance of frogging seems to be one of life’s little secrets. Ultimately, no stitch made, unmade, or remade, is wasted. And we all feel better about the outcome.
For some wonderful techniques to make frogging easier, visit Theresa at Knitty.com here
My most recent trip to the frog pond? The Noro Silk Garden sweater I started during Hurricane Sandy got hopelessly off-pattern. I'd knit about as much as you can see in the photo below-- and had to rip it all out right down to the ribbing and knit again. It was worth it.