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A friend was bemoaning her knitting progress and how many times she had knit, found a mistake, and needed to reknit a large potion of her project.  She said it was not fun.

Granted, it is not fun and it does not create good feelings about this craft when it is rife with error. The project may sail across the room, followed by many "technical terms" but, at some point, we pick it up and start again. Knitting errors are not like breaking a favorite teacup. Knitting can be fixed, it is within our control, and it can be put back on track.

Many times I have needed to frog, tink back, or completely restart a project. Perhaps there are people who can knit all the way through without error, but it will never be me. It is in my nature to misread, or misstep, with my knitting and the only thing to do is to begin again. 

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I feel as if I am an expert in the art of reknitting. My beautiful Henley is a mess and it's by my own hand, by my lack of knowledge of the yarn and how it would work with the pattern.  A big swatch might have helped me figure it out, but I didn't knit one, and even then, it may not given a complete answer. The point is, the sweater is waa-aay too long. I'm telling myself it's because I loved knitting the pattern and loved working with the yarn, both of which are true. However, the real truth is, I was not paying close enough attention.

With the realization we were headed for a trip to the frog pond, my heart was broken for a time, and I knew a separation was necessary. Time apart has been good for us and now I am ready to face the task. A few inches will be frogged and the process of reknitting, and finishing, my beautiful blue Henley will begin.

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As I told my students in 6th grade, never fear mistakes they are a learning experience. At least some are. Happy dipping in the frog pond! I'm sure it will be worth it in the end.

Knitting lace too far into the evening last night, I reminded myself that perfection is not my goal; growth is. Each time I make a mistake I learn something new. Of course, "Don't knit lace into the wee hours" is a lesson I still can't seem to master! Enjoy the frogging. I always see it as an opportunity to give my audiobook more focus! :-)

Sounds like a good attitude to have...

And it WILL be beautiful, I have no doubt about that.

Despite how loudly and fervently I cuss when I screw up my knitting, the ability to frog is one of my favorite things. I find it comforting to know that I am never committed to having a knitting disaster. I can (almost) always rip it out and screw it up until I get it right. (Frogging fuzzy mohair laceweight might be the exception - that's a one-way ticket to crazytown.)

I always need a little separation, too; time to run through and process all the emotions and then build my resolve! It always feels good to get back on track.

I like the ability to fix our knitting too and mostly don't mind the process of ripping and rekinitting at all. Actually, I wish I could have ripped something right now! :)

It is quite freeing to actually be able to . . . let go. . . of a project enough to either fix it or release it. It's kind of a metaphor for life, actually. Projects with that kind of investment and that kind of potential are WORTH "fixing."

It's going to be just beautiful, Margene. And you'll be so satisfied that you took the time to make it just right -- for you!

Courage and fortitude, my friend!

Once again, you give me hope!

It's going to be beautiful. And you will be happiest when it is perfect instead of "good enough".

I love the color!

The sign of a true knitter is the ability to not only recognize an error, but to fully understand its cause and be able to repair it. When I think back to my early knitting days, I hadn't a clue!

Most excellent. Crrrrrroak!

This is timely to read. Last night I found an error on a sock that will require ripping out all the progress I've made past the toe. This is the same sock that I have reknit several significant portions, before discovering above the heel (toe up) that the needle I'd used was off by .25mm and it needed to be completely ripped out. It sat in time-out for many months, and I just pulled it out to restart this weekend. I've been wondering, "At what point do you decide a project is cursed and will never, ever be finished?" I think we'll go for time-out again.

Ok, so since you seem to be the heir to the queen of frogging (me), I'll tell you a secret. The easy way to frog: get a much smaller needle and pick up the stitches where you want to frog to. Commence frogging - you will be stopped at stitches on a needle, ready to knit again. Ok, so sometimes there are a few that aren't quite right, but that's ok - it doesn't take long to sort them out and get back to it.

I frog all the time. I am rather severely ADD, so don't concentrate like I should... If there's a small mistake, like a purl under the arm where there should be a knit, I leave it. I've adopted the Navajo ideal that only the gods are perfect. However, if a cable suddenly goes the other direction, or I find a huge mistake in a lace pattern, back we go. (Actually, if it's a cable, I just unknit the cable by dropping the stitches down to the mistake and knit back up.)

So, frog on with confidence and hope through all crises (with apologies to Elizabeth Zimmerman, rest her knitting goddess soul).

I do love that, in knitting if not in life, you can go back and fix your mistakes.

That yarn is too beautiful not to work for you perfectly. Rip with pride!

A timely post for me, as well. I just picked up collar stitches, and the ribbing doesn't seem to be working quite right.

I'll need to ponder for a while though. Is it me or is it the pattern....

One of the things I love about knitting is that we can fix it when it breaks. It may stink but it can be done.

You are patient. Obviously. Sometimes I have to give things a LONG timeout before I can tackle the reknit. :P

The sweater will be worth the extra time spent, I'm sure.

The yarn is lovely, and I'm sure the Henley will be, too. I think if I ever knit an error-free project I'd have to go lay down and recover. LOL!

Funny thing about "frogging", I never think of it until the very last...I was knitting a hat, It was too big (considering the yarn)...I kept thinking about the changes I would make NEXT time I knit it. All of a sudden, in a church service if you must know, it occurred to me that I could just pull it back a repeat, BEFORE I finished. Problem solved. And I didn't have to wait until next time.

If that's not divine inspiration, I don't know what is!!

Sometimes the Pissyfairy comes to visit when we least want her, but she is not infallible. We can beat her!!!!!

At least it's absoulutely gorgeous yarn, right? :)

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