Monday, November 1, 2010

Lofty Ambitions: or How I Think I'm Much Awesomer Than I Really Am

I always drop the ball (of yarn...ha! Ehhhhh.) when it comes to knitted Xmas gifts. Such lofty ambitions...but ask yourself, why would a person who has never done a two-color stranded knitting project decide to write her own pattern because she didn't like any of the ones that she looked through? The result was inevitable:

How did I not see this coming? And when I'm on the mighty Xmas deadline with more bitten off than I can chew as it is. Note to self: YOU ARE NOT AS AWESOME AS YOU SEEM TO THINK YOU ARE.

People tend to call tearing apart your knitting 'frogging'. I feel that this is an unfair characterization. Frogs are really pretty cute, when you think about it:

Awww, look at that little punum.

And think of the great frogs throughout history:

Come on. I propose a new word defining the torture that is tearing apart a project, one that truly captures the pain, one that's not so fucking cutesy. Go ponder, I'm thinking of something along the lines of 'searing gas pain-ing', 'UTI-ing', or 'shards of glass-ing' Those might be a little too cumbersome, but you get the idea.


  1. If we're going for a "painful" word, I, ummm, vote for the UTI-ing.

    Been there, done that, have the operations to prove it. Ouch!

  2. Hahaha. Nice! My husband asked me the other day if I was going to reuse the yarn for a failed sweater that I was trying to make. He says "you call that frogging right?" - was all proud of himself for paying attention!

  3. Ah you learn something new every day -- "frogging"! (Well, something that should apparently be replaced.)

    Just wanted to say thanks for your blog! I just start up knitting again and happened upon your great knitting patterns (ie. the cozy cabled hat) and your even greater blog. Love your humor, it really brightens my day. :)

  4. Hehehe, I couldn't agree with you more. Frogging is much more painful and violent than the word suggests.

    And don't worry - you're still an awesome knitter. Your eyes were just larger than your knitting needles, in a manner of speaking. I have been ripping out projects left, right, and center. Maybe there's a yarn flu going around.