Jaywalking

Frogging a project used to be just something I read about in blogs. It is unspeakable and something any new knitter most probably dreads. As I explore the wonders of knitting, I find that frogging is inevitable. There is no such thing as a perfect knitter. I’m sure even Elizabeth Zimmerman had her frogging days because, let’s face it, nobody’s perfect.

I’m not saying this to justify the number of projects I have frogged. I count only three so far but to think that I have not been knitting that long, three is a big number.

The first one was my doomed Ribbed Shell. I was really excited about the project because the pattern is easy and I had all the materials I need. However knitting a 2×2 rib on 3mm straight needles for about 14 inches on both front and back is not my idea of exciting. I have put the materials way down the stash pile and will probably be picked up again once I figure out how to knit this project in the round.

Next on the lily pond are the wristwarmers for my friends. I admit it is an exciting project, with cables and seed stitch patterns not to mention the fandom connection. But I can’t seem to get into it. I even helped transcribe the chart on the pattern and have prepared to knit this using the Magic Loop method but the inspiration to cast on is absent. I am sure this is just a phase and I will get through it. I have set a personal goal on this and will have to finish both sets of wristwarmers by October.

Now, socks are another thing. I have always been in awe of sock knitters who swear that once you knit your first pair of socks, there is no turning back. I have a decent amount of sock yarn in my stash, keeping them ready for when I decide to dive in. I have all the tutorials and patterns ready too as well as the sock knitting needle kits and Addi Turbos with massive 60″ cables. All I need now is the time to get into it.

I did start knitting a toe-up, two-at-a-time, simple pattern but with the amount of mistakes on my M1Rs and M1Ls, I decided to frog the whole thing and keep the yarn in the stash for a while.

That is until I stumbled upon Grumperina’s Jaywalker pattern. It seems that everyone is doing it! I emailed Grumperina for the pattern which she so kindly sent back because this was during my Ravelry-blocked days. I decided to use Shibui Knits Sock yarn in a different colourway for this and *gulp* my Knit Picks metal DPNs. It is surprisingly a very fun pattern to follow! That is until I tried the sock on my right foot and found that it wouldn’t budge past the balls of my foot!

It was late last night and I was the only one still up so no one heard the rrrrrip, rrrrrip sound I made as I unraveled the poor darling. The photo above was taken just before I pulled all the needles and wound the yarn back up. I slept on that decision and now I feel good that I didn’t waste all my energy into knitting something that no one in my family with feet sizes from 8.5 to 11 would be able to wear.

I cast-on again this morning for my size and will be happily knitting away until they are done. Wish me luck!

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