To Frog, or Not To Frog

January 11, 2013

Thermis Thermis

I've saved my last two knits from December for a separate post because they both fall into the To Frog, or Not to Frog category. The first of the two is a cowl I made for a friend. I like the pattern well enough, but I wasn't happy with my personal execution. For example, I think the wooden buttons are a little tacky. Simple fix: change out the buttons for something a little more sophisticated, true enough. Unfortunately, there are other issues. My button band is wonky, and it's not something I can block straight because the yarn is mostly acrylic. Still, I'll try to switch out the buttons, and if I still don't like it, I'll probably unravel it and make something else.

Textured Shawl

And second is my textured shawl. This is actually the second textured shawl I've knit, and possibly the second I've decided to frog as well. I love the pattern, I love the color and the feel of the yarn, but I don't love the two together, so I want to unravel the shawl and use the yarn for another project.

Thing is, I've had a lot of disagreement regarding my decision to frog this project. And while I'm flattered that people like it enough to make a case on its behalf, I also know myself well enough that this shawl won't get any use. Still, I haven't frogged it yet. I'm giving myself plenty of time to think it through and change my mind. Call me thrifty, but I'm not the sort of person to leave something lying around that won't get used, even if it's beautiful. I plan to make a proper textured shawl someday, with the yarn it actually calls for. I think it'll be worth the investment of time and money for me.

So that's it! The end of my 2012 knitting. It really is astonishing to me how much I was able to accomplish last year despite everything we had going on, and I'm satisfied with the way most of my projects turned out. As for this year, I've just finished my first pair of proper socks, and I'm in love. As soon as I finished my first pair, I started in on my second. Pics to come next week. Until then, have a happy weekend!


  1. To fix the button band, you might consider backing the button-holed side with ribbon for stability. It might give the band the shape it needs.

    I think the textured shawl is gorgeous! I need to knit mine up very soon. I can totally understand your reasoning for frogging it, though. I frogged the second sweater I ever knit because I don't wear it and the yarn could be something wearable. Do what your heart tells you!

  2. Ooh, thanks for the idea about the ribbon, Ness. I'm going to try it. :)

  3. I also had problems with the button band on that pattern. I ended up frogging, but I will definitely go back to it... In this case, I think the ribbon and new buttons could be just the thing. Perhaps in a highly contrasting color (a dark pink or red could work well with your color), that would give it just the boost it needs!

  4. I like the wooden buttons in theory, but you are right in that they don't quite work with the blue. I wonder though if a carved, dark walnut button wouldn't do the trick. I wouldn't give up on that one yet. It has real potential.

    The shawl on the other hand should become something that you will use. In this world of over consumption and waste, why have a thing that has no place. If you won't love it, but it can become something that you will then I say go for it. Make something new that will be loved and have purpose.

  5. The cowl is so pretty, I hope you'll find a way to make it work for you and keep it :)
    I can see why you don't like the shawl...I think the color is too soft for it even though the texture is beautiful.
    Making stuff can be so frustrating sometimes, right?

  6. I hope you choose to steady the bottuns and replace them. The cowl is lovely.

    However, if you could use the wool from the shawl otherwise, then frog it. It will make you sad otherwise!

  7. I have knit quite a few things that just sit and aren't used. Frog it and use the yarn for something that will make you as happy as your socks!

  8. Beautiful knits, as always! While I think both are lovely, I have to agree: shawls are meant to be worn! So, if you aren't going to wear it, I would save your yarn for something else. It'll look gorgeous no matter what, so you might as well put it to good use! I can't think of anything sadder than a hand knit item that sits on a closet shelf or in a drawer.