Frogging

Not every project turns into a prince or a princess. Sometimes they just stay frogs. So treat them as such and rip-it out!!

Sometimes my humor is so bad it hurts.

In all seriousness though, it’s never fun to frog a project. Not really. Not even if you know, in your heart of hearts, that the project just didn’t work with the yarn you have. It’s not fun because with each stitch you pull back, you think of all the minutes you spent working on said stitches.

Yesterday I spent several hours frogging a project. And it wasn’t fun.

It was a project I knew I had to frog, though. In actuality, this is the second project completed with this yarn that I’ve decided to frog after the item was finished.

And for once, it wasn’t me. It was all the yarn’s fault.

The yarn is Knit Picks Stroll. It’s decently priced, has good reviews on Ravelry, is super soft and squishy when you get it, easy to work with…

And is absolutely horrible.

Perhaps it is just working with sweaters, but both projects I have made with this yarn have stretched. To gigantic proportions. I don’t think I would use it for socks, personally, as I’d be afraid of the cuff or foot stretching super easily when worn. Other than how soft it is, the yarn is terrible and I will never buy it again.

Enough ranting, though.

After finally mourning the loss of a second sweater to this yarn, I got up the nerve yesterday to frog the project. Which, considering this is the second time I frogged this yarn, was a bit frustrating as now it is even more sections of mini skeins.

Although, when you finish frogging a project that’s sat for several months, it is fun to play with the Ramen-like product.

I decided to be slightly lazy and didn’t soak the yarn for a long time like I normally would. I just ran it under hot water and squeezed the excess out. I also didn’t put any weight on it— mostly because this is the second time frogging it (have I mentioned that before?) and I was a little worried about too much strain on the yarn or too much stretching.

I then hung the yarn to dry on hangers along the fence.

I’m sure my neighbors think I’m crazy. Every few weeks I have some yarn or fluffy fiber hanging on coat hangers, drying in the breeze.

Final photo: here’s an image of my dog watching me from the porch and probably thinking the same thing my neighbors do…

Have a great weekend everyone!!

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4 responses to “Frogging

    • Thanks!! I’m not super upset about it anymore and now I have a design I think I am going to try with it. This time a cowl— so even if it stretches it won’t look so bad!! :)

  1. I’m glad you didn’t weigh the yarn down while drying it. That could cause problems the next time you use the yarn! Especially if it is wool. Wool has a memory – if you dried it stretched out, knitted it, then washed (or blocked) your knitting, suddenly your fabric will look different because the tension on the fibers will have changed. (Normally though, wool relaxes in a wash/block).

    Good on you being brave enough to acknowledge when a project just doesn’t work and reclaiming the yarn. Happy (re)knitting!

    • That’s exactly what I was afraid of. I occasionally weigh down my yarn when I’ve finished spinning/plying it— especially if it has some over/under spinning issues— but I know that’s a bit different. So I decided against it, apparently wisely. :)

      Thanks for your comment and encouragement though!

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