A couple of my projects just aren't cutting it. Frogging these WIPs is a step in owning my knitting, showing it who's boss, and being The Knitter. (Like the Decider, but less... stupid.)
So, the frogging. Some knitters fear or hate the idea of frogging a knitted project, while others find it freeing and exhilerating. I guess I'm in that second camp, but it wasn't always so easy.
It's not that I want to rip out all those wonderful stitches that I so lovingly made, but that it's necessary. And it's hella theraputic!
There are different reasons to frog a project: mistakes, wrong yarn, crappy pattern, change of heart, and many more. But at some point, hopefully before the project is completed, you'll come to the realization that this just ain't gonna be.
Of my 11 WIPs, I have decided that 2 must go. (Yeah, not a huge number. But still a loss.) My 2 Rips are.... [drumroll please] Baby Kimono and the Jitterbug State Fair socks
Baby Kimono Sweater - I've seen this knit around and lovelovelove it. (Another great Mason-Dixon pattern!) I think it may be the sweetest thing for little baby girls. And it was easy as fabreezy to knit up.
I've had this natural-dyed, super soft cotton bouclé in the perfect shade of lavender since our Thanksgiving trip to Baltimore in 2005. It's Sugar Knits pima cotton, and it's good.
So what's the problem? This completed (seamed and all) baby sweater is too small. I didn't pay any attention to the yarn weight or gauge when I grabbed the pattern, needles, and the yarn and tucked them in my travel knitting for New Hampshire. (It amazes me that we've not blogged about this vacation.)
So, although I am sad to see it go; go it must. Perhaps I'll try again with the yarn doubled or recalculated stitches. Both the yarn and the pattern are too nice to give up on (and really, they were great together other than the size issue).
Jitterbug State Fair socks - The sad tale is posted here. Basically, I'm not in love with this sock yarn + pattern combination. And I'm so ready to move on.
So what's next for my WIPs? Some of these projects only needed a swift kick and a bit of finishing to call them done. Get out your dancing shoes, it's time to celebrate.
Yeah, that's right. SIPs - Socks In Progress! Makes sense, no?
You read the first part of my WIP story here. Now you can read about that special category which becomes an obsession with most knitters - Socks!
The socks may take a bit longer to show progress on (more than just seaming or sewing on buttons), but I want to get these done as well. I think the secret to completing a pair of socks is sock monogamy. Not project monogamy, mind you. No, just one sock at a time.
Next up, the first steps in attacking this WIP pile. What goes and what stays?
You must WIP it!
Yes, I am mis-using and abusing this wonderful song so that I can tell you about my WIPs (works in progress). Learn how I will whip them into shape, shape 'em up, knit straight, go forward, move ahead, try to detect it (dropped stitches?), it's not too late, to whip my WIPs!
Whip it good.
Sorry 'bout that, but I have a bit of a problem here with my WIPs, and music soothes that savage beast. I've been lax in my knitterly pursuits lately and this has left me with a mess of partially knitted items. Some of these WIPs are nearly done, while others have creatively shriveled on the vine, but all must be accounted for.
To make matters worse (or normal), I’m starting to feel the pull of the strings (literally) for some new knitting projects.
My WIP pile:
Tomorrow, the sock WIPs!
In the next few weeks, I'm challenging myself to whittle down some of these WIPs to either FOs (finished objects) or rip 'em! Let's see what I can get accomplished, and perhaps, if I'm good... I can start something new. Please?
Um, and wow. I went back to find starter posts about most of these and came up with a lot of nadda. What have I been doing that I haven't posted about all these projects before now? Yikes