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To Frog or Not to Frog

In Frogged!, Knitting on January 9, 2013 at 6:00 am

It was to be an heirloom baby shawl for Elly.

Elly will turn 3 next month.

According to Ravelry, I have been working on and off this shawl for 3 1/2 years. True, 2 of those years I didn’t touch it at all, but that still leaves a lot of time invested in this shawl.

Long time readers will remember that I ran out of the kid mohair yarn eons ago. A dear friend and reader of this blog hunted down a new skein. Although it didn’t match perfectly, it was really close.

The problem is that I feel hatred toward the shawl every time I look at it. The mountains of endless stockingnette stitch is terribly boring to knit. The spot at which I switch from the old mohair skein to the new mohair skein is striking, but perhaps not in a good way.

To top it off, the main color of the shawl is red, which doesn’t complement Elly’s gorgeous red hair. As a redhead myself, I avoid wearing red close to my face. Less so now that my hair has darkened so much and is slowly turning grey, but in my youth I wouldn’t touch the color. My red hair was my best asset; I didn’t want anything I wore to steal the show. So why did I knit a red shawl for Elly? Well, I was certain she would have her father’s hair color, since red hair is a recessive gene. Happy was the day she was born with red hair like mine and like my mother before me.

So, do I persevere with knitting and finishing Elly’s baby heirloom shawl?

Do I toss it in a basket and pile more yarn overtop in the hopes that out of sight is out of mind?

Do I frog it (for non-knitters to frog means to rip it, rip it, rip it (see, it sounds like a frog, no?) all out)?

Do I stop knitting the endless stockingnette stitch and just add a lace border in red and let Elly use it to wrap her babydolls up?

I have to admit that I really want to go knit something that I will enjoy knitting. I am currently dreaming of a warm wool rug in our bedroom. Yet, adding a lace border is something that I have never done before so that would be interesting if nothing else.

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  1. Frog it! Your hatred will not lessen in time, and its such gorgeous yarn, that you can use it for something great later. Love you! Mom

  2. Bind it off. Now. Elly won’t care if there’s a lace border for her dollies, and she can use it now. If you try to use the yarn for something else, you’ll still remember your bad feelings from this project! And frogging mohair is a pain in the patootie. Cut your losses and run! Learn to add a lace border on something you like.

    • You’re right about mohair being a pain in the neck to frog. And I would hate to frog the shawl after working on it for over a year. I had even ticked back a section of the red lace to get the pattern just so. I think I will just bind off and then turn the edge of the mohair under to hide the color change and to keep the edge from curling under as it is stockingnette stitch. Brilliant plan! Thank you so much.

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