Thursday, February 5, 2009

F is for Frog

It seems as though I've been doing more frogging then knitting this year. I made this hat for my brother and, as with most hats I make, I had to frog it because I'd made it ginormous. I got some Wool-Ease and didn't check Ravelry to see what number of stitches people were casting on for hats in Wool-Ease. I just relied on my clearly faulty math. The hat was huge even for my big-head husband.
So I ripped. And redid. It was actually a very good thing I redid it because my less-then-stellar fair isle skills made the first hat's skull look skinny and lumpy, more alien face then skull.
Here's how it came out the second time...

Modeled by my lovely husband...
Pattern: my own devising - CO 96, rib for a bit, knit 4 rows stockinette, do the skull chart from Debbie Stoller's Happy Hooker, knit 4 rows stockinette, do the spiral decreases from Yarn Harlot's Knitting Rules book, BO, seam up the back.
Yarn: Wool-Ease in black and in gray.

I made a pair of Fetching's for my SP pal. No ripping here - yay!

I was designing a vest and hoped to have it finished for January entry for the Sweater-a-Month KAL . Sadly, after ripping and restarting 5 times it's still not looking the way I want it to so it's making yet another trip to the frog pond.
I had to use my cop-out already. Here's the Mason Dixon nightie I finished on October 2007. The only thing it needed was for me to sew on the straps. I couldn't find straps I liked so I ended up buying a cheap bra that had what I was looking for.
Please excuse the dorky look on my face and the excess weight on my bod...
Pattern: Mason-Dixon nightie
Yarn: Ornaghi Filati Gong
Not a lot of frogging with that project but my February project (and yes, kmkat, you were right, it's the February Lady Sweater), I've ripped it out at least once so far. I did the cast on and got to row 8, then ripped it out and started over. It's a top-down sweater, free pattern, and the raglan increases call for bar make-one's that don't leave little holes for the increases. BUT, if you look at the pictures, there's clearly holes along the raglan increases. I like the holes, they look pretty and decorative to me. So I ripped and started over, using YO increases to get the holes I wanted.
Whenever I have to frog something, I always grit my teeth and think, well... it's a good thing I love to knit because now I get to knit this again. sigh.
I also think of a bar near U of A in Tucson called Frog 'n Firkin. It's an English style pub and as I rip out the yarn, I say to myself, Frog 'n Firkin, Frog 'n Firkin. It almost sounds like cursing and it makes me laugh.
I'm a simple girl, Ruth!


Yarnhog said...

Oooo...I love that nightie! Really cute! Of course, I don't wear nightgowns and I've never quite figured out the point of lingerie, since it only stays on for 3.2 seconds after I put it on anyway, and it's totally overkill;, like most guys, my husband just doesn't need that much encouragement. ;)

Nell said...

Nice Fetchings! They look soft and squishy.

As for frogging, the more you do it, the less it hurts. Or so they say.

Darcys Knotty Knitter said...

I love the skull hat and fetching and your nightie is gorgeous:)Hugs Darcy

k said...

Over from kmkatt's.
5element? interesting. will hang around, if you don't mind.

Sam said...

OMG love, love, love that nightie!