January 11, 2013
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.
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!